State Senate Votes to Expel Monserrate

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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 was at turns defiant and contrite -- for his misdemeanor conviction for recklessly assaulting his girlfriend.

Monserrate said his conviction was not enough to lead to expulsion, given all the other misdemeanor convictions of state legislators in recent years. He said the voters of his district should be allowed to decide his fate next fall.