Smith on Why Monserrate Doesn’t Need to Resign

ALBANY—Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith said this afternoon that the allegation against State Senator Hiram Monserrate is “despicable,” but he does not believe Monserrate should resign.
“As anyone, he still has the presumption of innocence until proven guilty,” Smith just told reporters. “That’s number one. Was the act despicable? No question about it. And we have done two things: he has not gotten his $12,000 lulu, which in any shape or form is an important amount of money for anyone, especially just getting into the majority. And two, I think the fact that he’s now being removed as chair, that’s a tremendous action.

Smith on Why Monserrate Doesn’t Need to Resign