Protesting Sabini

Here’s YouTube video that shows people protesting outside State Senator John Sabini’s office in Jackson Heights. (It doesn’t give an exact date, but the protests have been going on this week.) Sabini pleaded guilty to a D.W.I. on February 5, and these demonstrators are calling for his resignation. Although he has no official challenger yet, Sabini may face his political rival, City Councilman Hiram Monserrate, in 2009.

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for Sabini disputes the protesters’ characterization of the Senator’s attitude, and referred me to statement he released when he plead guilty.

“I take the matter against me very seriously, and am extremely grateful to have this settled. I would like to offer a sincere apology to my constituents, the Albany Court, and the many loyal friends, colleagues and family members for any burdens this may have caused. As a legislator for sixteen years who has always strived to make the right choices, I have learned from this incident and will continue working hard to maintain the confidence and integrity of my role in the State Senate.”

Protesting Sabini