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Ex-NY Senator Hiram Monserrate Gets 2 Years in Prison

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Former state Senator Hiram Monserrate was sentenced to two years in prison for fraud on Tuesday.

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'the demons inside our our party'

Friday, January 14, 2011

The New York State Senate Chambers. (MMR Dad's Flickr photostream)

If can get around the paywall, or cough up a $1 for The Chief-Leader, State Senator Diane Savino's comments about defecting from the Democratic Caucus are worth checking out.

"We're never going to regain the trust of the voters unless we confront the demons inside our party," she tells the paper. The comment comes afte a lengthy description of how Democrats lured back into their fold two other Democrats, Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate, who proved to be more troublesome in the long-run.

She goes on to say Minority Leader John Sampson was too eager to strike a deal with fellow Democrats in the other chamber, rather than reach across the aisle in his own.

"Time and again they capitulated to the demands of the Assembly…when we know that the future of the Senate for Democrats is in the suburbs," said Savino.

Sampson has his own perspective on why Savino and three other colleagues defected.

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Behaving badly in Albany

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A disturbing trend continues:

Parker did not take the stand in his own defense and will be sentenced on January 27.

It continues a troublesome trend in Albany. Since the start of 2009, eight state Senators have come under scrutiny for wrongdoing.

Here's the tally:

Kevin Parker: Was found guilty today of beating up a New York Post photographer. Parker declined to take the stand in his own defense.

Vincent Leibell: Plead guilty to obstructing justice and not reporting as income money he took from two attorneys. Leibell’s attempt to cover up the payments were secretly recorded by prosecutors.

Pedro Epsada: Allegedly steered tax-payer money from a local health care facility into his pocket. Espada maintains he’s innocent.

Hiram Monserrate: Was found guilty of misdemeanor assault related to the night he says he accidentally broke a water glass against his girlfriend’s face. Monserrate has said prosecutors unfairly went after him and ignored his side of the story.

Carl Kruger: Was investigated by federal authorities for allegedly seeking contributions in exchange for favors. The probe reportedly extended to one of Kruger’s aides.

John Sampson: Allegedly passed along sensitive information to one of the Aqueduct bidders. Also, bidders sought to curry favor with Sampson once he took over the Senate leadership from Smith.

Malcolm Smith: Stood to benefit from deals with Aqueduct bidders before he was deposed by Sampson, according to the Inspector General’s report [.pdf].

Eric Adams: Named in the IG’s report, and, to clear his name, has convened a conference call with district leaders and will send a letter to his constituents explaining what he did during the Aqueduct bidding process. He says he did nothing wrong.

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Did Monserrate (allegedly) get his money's worth from LIBRE?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Manhattan US Attorney accused former State Senator Hiram Monserrate of using a publicly-funded nonprofit group as an extension of his campaign operation. One charge was that Monserrate used the group, LIBRE, to register new voters in the 2006 Democratic primary he waged against State Senator John Sabini.

Monserrate lost that race, but replaced Sabini two years later.

Number cruncher and political consultant Jerry Skurnik dove into the indictment against Monserrate, and Skurnik's own voter file for the Jackson Heights district, to see if things added up.

The US Attorney said Monserrate paid LIBRE $109,000 for registered new voters for the 2006 race.

According to Skurnik, Monserrate did not get much bang for his buck.

Skurnik, writing on Room8:

I discovered that 1,548 registered during that period and that 1,138 registered as Democrats. Those numbers are close to Justice Department figure of 1,000. Remember, some people registered without the assistance of LIBRE.

But of the 1,138 new Democrats, only 202 voted in the 2006 Primary, not the 1,000 that the government says was in the LIBRE database.

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Former Sen. Monserrate Charged with Fraud

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Former Queens state senator Hiram Monserrate is once again in trouble with the law.  Federal prosecutors say he took taxpayer money meant for a non-profit to fund his personal senate campaign in 2006.

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Former Sen. Monserrate Charged with Fraud

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Former State Sen. Hiram Monserrate is facing federal charges that he funded his 2006 campaign with money that was supposed to go to a charity. The indictment unsealed Tuesday charges Monserrate with mail fraud and conspiracy.

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Cuomo Spends Primary Day at His Day Job

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo, the NYS Attorney General. (Azi Paybarah / WNYC)

Speaking of Andrew Cuomo, he does not have a public appearance scheduled today and is expected to stay out of the spotlight for the remainder of the primary.

A campaign spokesman says Cuomo is spending the day at work, in the Attorney General's office.

This is fitting with Cuomo's strategy of largely staying out of the partisan activities that usually consume people leading major political parties. Today, he's not appearing with fellow Democrats or campaigning anywhere with them. He's given endorsements in only two races [time corrected]. The first is an Assembly race in Jackson Heights where he's supporting the opponent to former State Senator Hiram Monserrate - the guy expelled from the legislature after he was convicted of breaking a bottle drinking glass against his girlfriend's face.

Cuomo's other endorsement is an open Assembly race in Bayside (also in Cuomo's home county of Queens) where he's supporting Ed Braustein, a guy who worked for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Local and largely uncontroversial stuff.

It'll be interesting to see if this strategy changes heading into November, as Democrats try to hold onto a handful of congressional seats and sure up their control of the State Senate - which is paramount as they take up the business of redistricting later.

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More Campaigning, and Police Involvement, in Jackson Heights

Thursday, September 09, 2010

For some reason, this always seems to happen in Jackson Heights:

NYPD officers have been escorting Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras to events and waiting for her outside her apartment when she arrives home late, after her tires were slashed and animal feces left outside her office.

Ferreras said she believes supporters of former state senator and current Assembly candidate Hiram Monserrate are behind the disturbing incidents over the last few months because she's backing one of his rivals.

"My gut tells me it's coming from the fact that I'm now on the opposing side to Hiram," she told The Post.

Monserrate's campaign denies any involvement. Having covered the area for a number of years, all I can say is that the allegations are, unfortunately, not uncommon, as Monserrate can attest.

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Arresting Campaign Imagery

Thursday, September 09, 2010


A couple of flyers in Jackson Heights are using images of candidate Hiram Monserrate when he was arrested in 2008 after breaking a glass - accidentally, he says - across his girlfriend's face. Here's another flyer.

Monserrate was a State Senator but was removed from office. He's now running for an Assembly seat in the area, but faces a single opponent, Francisco Moya, whom the Democratic establishment has united behind.

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Senator Huntley's Challenger Picks Up Supoprt

Thursday, August 05, 2010

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An openly gay Democratic City Councilman in Queens just endorsed a challenger to Democratic State Senator Shirley Huntley, one of the people who voted against-same sex marriage.

The Councilman, Jimmy Van Bramer of Sunnyside, said he’s support Lynn Nunes because “his commitment to reform and equality for all make Lynn the right choice for Southeast Queens and the right choice for New York.”

Lynn is challenging Huntley -- herself once favored by progressives and the Democratic establishment because she ousted the controversial Ada Smith. But now, Huntley is drawing fire from progressives for voting against same-sex marriage.

The endorsement announcement comes one day after same-sex marriage advocates cheered the overturn of a gay marriage ban in California (it’s likely to wind up, at some point, in the Supreme Court).

Since being voted down last year, the landscape for passing same-sex marriage in New York has improved, slightly.

A couple of Democratic State Senators who voted against same-sex marriage last year have been replaced by supporters.

In Queens, for example, Democratic State Senators who voted against the bill include Joe Addabbo, Hiram Monserrate and George Onorato. Monserrate was removed and replaced by Assemblyman Jose Peralta. Onorato announced he’s retiring, and is expected to be replaced by Assemblyman Michael Gianaris. Both Peralta and Gianaris voted for same-sex marriage while in the Assembly.

But, as Liz Benjamin noted, the issue may not be coming up for a vote in the State Senate any time soon.

Huntley has $45,927 on hand for her campaign. Challenger Nunes has $115,114.

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Monserrate Defends "Sí, Se Puede," DNC Says No You Can't

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

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The Democratic National Committee wants former Queens state senator, Hiram Monserrate, to stop using Barack Obama's 2008 campaign logo. The DNC has asked Monserrate to cease using campaign material with a circular, striped image with the slogan 'Yes we ...

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Monteserrate: No Jury of My Peers, Please

Monday, September 14, 2009

Queens state Senator Hiram Monserrate's fate will be decided by a judge, not a jury. Monserrate's attorney, Joseph Tacopina, asked for, and got, a bench trial with State Supreme Court Justice William Erlbaum. Tacopnia says he's concerned a jury might be swayed by emotion:

"We're that comfortable with the ...

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'Los Cuatro Amigos'... The Four Friends?

Monday, July 20, 2009

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With the issue of mayoral control of schools hanging in the balance, State Senators Ruben Diaz, Sr., Pedro Espada, Jr., Hiram Monserrate and Carl Kruger met for lunch to publicly discuss the amendments they want included in the controversial legislation. The group wants a parent training center ...

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Monserrate on The Brian Lehrer Show

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D-13) decided to re-defect back to the Democratic caucus. Hear about what changed his mind and how he expects the Senate to proceed with an even 31-31 split.

More coverage of the Senate power struggle >>

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Monserrate Rejoins the Democrats

Monday, June 15, 2009

In Albany, it's still unclear who's in control. Lawmakers continue to await a court decision on whether last week's Republican takeover of the Senate chamber was legal. Today, Queens Senator Hiram Monserrate switched his allegiance back to fellow Democrats, making an even 31 to 31 vote split in the chamber.

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Senate Coup: Reform or Power Grab?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Senator Pedro Espada

Senator Pedro Espada

One of the dissident Democrats who joined Republicans in yesterday's leadership coup in New York's Senate says the move isn't about returning power to the GOP. Queens Democrat Hiram Monserrate tells WNYC's Brian Lehrer it's about ...

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Senators Krueger and Monserrate on Brian Lehrer

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Senator Monserrate

Senator Monserrate

Liz Krueger, New York State Senator (D-Manhattan, 26th district), and Hiram Monserrate, New York State Senator (D-Queens, 13th district), react to the change in leadership in Albany. Plus: Dick Dadey, executive director of the Citizens Union, ...

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