Monserrate Sworn In

ALBANY—State Senators are moving into their chamber now, being sworn in on an assembly line before official proceedings begin at noon.

That includes Hiram Monserrate (in photo) who was sworn in under fire because of a charge he assaulted his girlfriend. (He has denied the charge and pleaded not guilty.)

Last night, Majority Leader-to-be Malcolm Smith said that Monserrate would be seated, but that his staff would be evaluating what role Moserrate would play in the conference. (Republican Senator Marty Golden has a resolution called for him not to be seated until he resolves the charges).