Final Senate Hearing on Sen. Monserrate's Conviction

Today is the fifth and likely last meeting of the special State Senate committee that will recommend whether Senator Hiram Monserrate should be expelled or sanctioned for his misdemeanor assault conviction last December.

Senator Eric Schneiderman, who heads the committee, says its members are reviewing a draft report today, but he refuses to comment on its contents.

When the special committee was first convened last November, Monserrate had said he would cooperate fully. But when the committee made a request to meet with him, Senator Schneiderman says Monserrate refused to appear.

Schneiderman says he hopes the committee's final report and recommendations will be released to the public next week.

Monserrate was sentenced this month to probation for injuring his girlfriend by dragging her through his apartment lobby last December. He could have been sent to jail for up to one year.

Monserrate has not commented on the the Special Senate committee.

Some lawmakers and other public officials have called for Monserrate's resignation, with a few indicating they will move to expel him regardless of the committee's findings.

Democratic conference leader John Sampson said yesterday it would likely be several weeks before the committee makes a recommendation.