ALBANY—One of Hiram Monserrate's Democratic colleagues in the State Senate is now calling for his resignation in the wake of an assault conviction yesterday.
Liz Krueger, who represents the Upper East Side, just issued a press release saying Monserrate "should resign immediately based on the seriousness of his violent crime." Leaders in the Democratic conference have taken a more hedged position, and some Democrats are defending Monserrate.
Krueger's release iterates that as the chamber explores "our institutional legal options," she does not believe Monserrate should remain.
Here's the full release from Krueger:
"I believe Hiram Monserrate should not remain in the Senate, and for the sake of his constituents, the institution of the Senate and the Democratic party he should resign immediately based on the seriousness of his violent crime.
Being an elected official is an honor and a privilege, not a right. As a state legislator , the voters give you the power to decide what laws all 19 million of us live under. And as such we are obligated to hold ourselves to the highest standards of our laws.
The justice system has determined that Mr. Monserrate has violated our laws and is guilty of a very disturbing and violent crime against a woman. Domestic violence is a scourge on our society, and an issue which I believe requires us to speak out. Only through speaking out can we work to prevent more violence, support survivors, end the stigma and fear that victims deal with, and advocate for stronger penalties for those who believe they are above the law and violate another human being.
The Senate is exploring our institutional legal options now that the Courts have ruled, but haven't yet issued a sentence. For me, the length of the sentence does not matter – domestic violence is domestic violence, guilt is guilt. Therefore, I believe Hiram Monserrate should not remain in the Senate."