Earlier this week, the conservative group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms released a new video promoting their “Counter Punch” conference in Albany. Between slides recounting the fight against gay marriage in 2009, a sweaty young pugilist shadow-boxes the metaphorical supporters of gay marriage. Then there’s a call to arms for 2010, Read More
Yes We Can candidate Hiram Monserrate–who is now running for re-election, after being expelled from the State Senate for his role in an alleged incident of domestic violence–is not rushing to judgment on the accusations against Governor Paterson. From City Hall News:
“I’ve had disagreements with him on policy-the Senate most certainly Read More
Hiram Monserrate is, to say the least, fighting an uphill battle to regain the State Senate seat he was expelled from recently. Labor unions, the Queens Democratic Party, former colleagues, and local elected officials are supporting his main rival, Assemblyman Jose Peralta.
But he’s fighting back. Read More
Hiram Monserrate was granted an expedited hearing on his call to postpone the March 16 election to fill the State Senate seat he was ejected from [date corrected].
Oral arguments in Monserrate’s case will be heard on Friday, March 12 at 2 p.m., at 500 Pearl Street.
In other news about that race, the Read More
At about the same time Hiram Monserrate will be at federal court filing a lawsuit to halt his expulsion from the State Senate, and prevent a March 15 special election to replace him, those who do support the decision to expel him will be having their own meeting.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other Read More
I can’t tell if this store on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights is a campaign office for Jose Peralta, or just owned by someone who is really supportive of his Senate candidacy for Hiram Monserrate’s seat. Read More
ALBANY—State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. has a message for Assemblyman Jose Peralta: “There’s a saying in Puerto Rico: if you have glass windows, don’t throw stones.”
I called Diaz to ask him about a column this morning by Juan Gonzalez which said Peralta had steered over $500,000 to a dubious non-profit organization with Read More
ALBANY—Less than a week after Hiram Monserrate voted against a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, the Empire State Pride Agenda has endorsed Jose Peralta for his Senate seat.
“José Peralta has demonstrated time and time again that he is a champion of equality and justice for all New Yorkers and has consistently represented the interests Read More
Incoming City Councilman Danny Dromm pointed out the irony that Hiram Monserrate, despite his recent legal trouble, was able to vote against the same-sex marriage bill.
Dromm, whose Jackson Heights district overlaps with Monserrate’s, told me: “Here’s a guy who was found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend, yet he takes a Read More
They may be on the wrong side of history, but—at least for the near future—most of the New York state senators who voted down gay marriage on Wednesday will not pay a political price.
The measure lost by a surprisingly lopsided 38-24 count, with eight Democrats joining all 30 of the chamber’s Republicans in opposition. Read More