Ailsa Chang

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Monserrate's Request to Reverse Expulsion is Rejected

Friday, March 12, 2010

A federal appeals court has rejected former Queens state senator Hiram Monserrate's request to undo his expulsion from the senate and cancel a March 16 special election to fill his vacant seat.

Monserrate tried to appeal a district court decision upholding the state legislature's authority to expel its members. He must ...


Peralta Attacks Monserrate in His First TV Ad

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In the home stretch before the March 16 special election for the District 13 state Senate seat, Democratic Assemblyman Jose Peralta is running his first TV campaign ad. The commercial launches immediately into an attack on his opponent, former Queens state Sen. Hiram Monserrate. It opens with security video footage ...


Monserrate (and Peralta) Campaign for March 16 Special Election

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Voters in Queens will decide if former State Sen. Hiram Monserrate should get his job back after being expelled from the Senate last month by a vote of 53-8. He’ll be running against Assemblyman Jose Peralta in a special election on March 16. Although Peralta has won every major endorsement ...


Black Leaders: Let Paterson Stay

Friday, March 05, 2010

Influential black leaders across the city say Gov. David Paterson should not resign right now.

A group convened by Al Sharpton met at the Harlem restaurant Sylvia's last night, and they decided that the investigations against Paterson should run their course before a decision is made.

"We think the governor deserves ...


Manhattan DA Creates Unit to Prevent Wrongful Convictions

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is setting up a "Conviction Integrity" unit in his office to help prevent wrongful convictions. One of the unit's outside advisors will be Barry Scheck, who directs the Innocence Project -- a national group that helps exonerate wrongfully convicted people.

Scheck says New York doesn't have ...

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Religious Groups Endorse Monserrate

Monday, March 01, 2010

Religious leaders in Queens have pledged their support for Hiram Monserrate in the special election to fill the expelled State Senator's seat on March 16.

They say they appreciate Monserrate's vote against gay marriage last year. One local leader, Rev. Gilbert Pickett says he applauds Monserrate for his vote against New ...


Gay Rights Groups Target Monserrate

Friday, February 26, 2010

Residents in former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate's district are getting their first mailings from "Fight Back New York."

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Dem Party Chief Taps Cuomo

Friday, February 26, 2010

State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs says now that Gov. David Paterson won't run in the fall, momentum will build to support Andrew Cuomo as the Democratic candidate for governor.


Dem Party Chair: Cuomo 'Natural Choice' for Governor

Friday, February 26, 2010

State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs says now that Gov. David Paterson won't run in the fall, momentum will build to support Andrew Cuomo as the Democratic candidate for governor. Jacobs says he'll definitely endorse Cuomo if he announces he'll run.

"I would be surprised if we didn't have 62 county ...


Gay-Rights Group Targets Monserrate Ahead of Special Election

Friday, February 26, 2010

Residents in former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate's district are getting their first mailings from "Fight Back New York." In the lead-up to the March 16 special election, the political action committee is targeting Monserrate for voting against New York's gay marriage bill.

Alex Navarro-McKay is coordinating the campaign and says Monserrate ...


Judges Laud Court Ruling on Pay Raises

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New York's highest court has ruled that governors and legislators violated the state constitution by failing to give judges raises for 11 years. The court found lawmakers violated the separation of powers by tying judicial pay to legislation affecting lawmakers' pay.

Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau oversees the operation and budget ...


Judge to Decide If Monserrate Can Remain in NY Senate

Friday, February 19, 2010

A federal judge will decide today whether former State Senator Hiram Monserrate should remain expelled by the State Senate.

WNYC's Ailsa Chang watched lawyers for Monserrate and lawyers for the state make their arguments in court yesterday.


Monserrate, with Five Lawyers, Argues His Case

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate appeared with five lawyers in federal court Thursday to ask a judge to block his expulsion from the state Senate and cancel the special election scheduled for March 16th. Six voters in his district joined as co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Monserrate says this legal battle ...


How Federal Prosecutors Developed Terror-Trial Expertise

Thursday, February 18, 2010

After Attorney General Eric Holder announced he was planning to try the 9/11 defendants in Lower Manhattan, a lot of residents there have been saying their neighborhood is no place for a terrorism trial. But for decades, federal prosecutors have been trying some of the highest-profile terrorists in history –- ...


Terror Trials: New York's Experienced Prosecutors Will Play Key Role

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

When Attorney General Eric Holder announced last November that he planned on trying the 9/11 defendants in New York City, the Obama Administration acted like it was a done deal. Until residents in Lower Manhattan –- like Jan Lee -– began pushing back. "Terrorists pose huge threats, not only to ...


Monserrate Signs On a Six-Pack of Supporters

Thursday, February 11, 2010

State Sen. Hiram Monserrate was hoping a federal judge would grant a temporary restraining order today to stop the Senate from expelling him.

But Judge William Pauley in federal court Manhattan said there was no need to grant the order immediately since the state Senate doesn't reconvene until February 22. He ...


Explaining the Monserrate Mess

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The New York state Senate voted late last night to expel Sen. Hiram Monserrate by a vote of 53 to 8. Monserrate was convicted last fall of a misdemeanor assault charge. Gov. David Paterson has already called for a special election on March 16 to fill Monserrate's seat. ...


State Senate Votes to Expel Monserrate

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The state Senate on Tuesday voted to expel Sen. Hiram Monserrate following his conviction last year for assaulting his girlfriend. The Senate motion passed 53-to-8.

Monserrate has vowed to fight the chamber in court, saying the state constitution has no provision for expelling its own. Monserrate delivered a 15-minute speech that ...


NY Senate to Vote on Monserrate's Expulsion

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The State Senate will likely vote today on whether to expel Senator Hiram Monserrate who was convicted of a misdemeanor for assaulting his girlfriend. WNYC's Ailsa Chang talked to Monserrate's lawyers who say Monserrate's pending appeal of that assault conviction is one reason the Senate shouldn't be considering his expulsion ...


NY Senate Plans Vote on Monserrate

Monday, February 08, 2010

New York's State Senate expects to vote tomorrow on whether Senator Hiram Monserrate should be censured or expelled from office.