Monserrate Loses Chairmanship, Says That ‘Truth’ Will Prevail

ALBANY—He talked about it, and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith decided newly indicted State Senator Hiram Monserrate will temporarily step down from his position as chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee.
“Today, Senator Monserrate and I met to discuss the proceedings he is facing,” Smith said in a statement. “As a result of this meeting, Senator Monserrate asked to temporarily step down as Chair of the Senate’s Consumer Affairs Committee. I have accepted his request and such action is effective immediately. Senator Monserrate will retain his duties as a member of the State Senate during this time, but will not have the privilege of serving as chair until such time as his legal proceedings have been completely resolved.