Monday, February 2, 2009

Monserrate Update: NOW Opposes

Hiram Monserrate (D), the State Senator accused of stabbing his girfriend in the face with a broken bottle, is being called on by the NYS chapter of the National Association of Women to be removed from his leadership role in the State Senate. State NOW President Marcia Pappas said, "Although there is probably no legal bar to Monserrate being seated as a state senator, his elevation to a leadership position is a slap in the face for every woman in New York state — he must be asked to step down...Democrats hold a majority in our state government and they must use the power of their pens to stop violence against women both through strengthening legislation against these crimes and through the passage of laws to punish the perpetrators.”

If convicted, Monserrate will be automatically removed from office. Reportedly, police have film of the event from security cameras. Time will tell what becomes of the Democratic State Senator.

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