Stop Monserrate for City Council
Abused a Woman. Abused Public Funds.
Abused YOUR Trust.
Hiram Monserrate, the first person to be expelled from the New York State Senate in nearly a century, is now running to represent District 21 in Queens on the City Council.
Hiram Monserrate’s record:
2008: Convicted of domestic violence
2009: Switched to the GOP for power grab
2010: Expelled from the New York State Senate
2012: Guilty of misuse of public funds and sent to prison
Latest News on Monserrate:
Monserrate, Ex-Senator and Ex-Convict, Seeks Votes Amid Disdain – New York Times
Concerned community members and activists protest Monserrate’s city council run on the steps of City Hall with chants of, “we’re women and we’re here to say, Monserrate must go away!”
Women’s Rights Group Calls out Monserrate’s City Council Bid – New York Post
“What [the September 12 Democratic primary] is about is holding elected officials accountable for their action. We must make it clear that voters reject role models who are violent and voters reject corruption. Hiram Monserrate is both of those things, and if you want to drain the swamp this is a good place to start.” – Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women – New York.
Disgraced Ex-pol Hiram Monserrate Condemned in City Hall Protest for Seeking Comeback – New York Daily News
“This isn’t about redemption. That’s a personal matter that should be done on your personal time. Hiram Monserrate is not qualified for this position in any way, shape or form.” – Sonia Ossorio
Domestic violence advocates say a Monserrate win would send a disturbing signal to survivors of abuse. “It sends the message that domestic violence is normal behavior, and obviously the consequences for that are significant,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women of New York. “Fundamentally, the people that we elect are role models in our community. They’re supposed to be the people who represent the best among us, and who uphold our values. So that creates a crack in the fabric of society, to have a person of his caliber as a leader.”
Hiram Monserrate Has No Place in Elected Office – Gotham Gazette
“Electing Hiram Monserrate would send the message that it’s OK to steal taxpayer money. Electing Hiram Monserrate would send the message that abusing your partner is OK and can be explained away by a momentary lapse in judgement. This is deeply troubling, especially as so many struggle with the wounds of domestic abuse and sexual assault.” – Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
“A man who slices a woman’s face is not a person who deserves to be a community leader, much less an elected leader.” – Sonia Ossorio
The people of East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Corona, and New York City deserve better. That’s why women and concerned community members are working with NOW to STOP MONSERRATE. We’ll be hitting the streets of Queens, and we need YOUR help on the ground, talking to voters, attending protests, and continuing the conversation on social media. Will you join us?
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We’ll be hitting the streets of Queens, and we need your help on the ground, talking to voters, attending protests and rallies, and starting the conversation on social media.
2008 – Convicted Domestic Abuser
- Monserrate was found guilty of misdemeanor assault for recklessly causing his girlfriend physical injury by dragging her through the lobby of his apartment complex, after she was cut in the face.
Source: Monserrate Is Cleared of Felonies – The New York Times
2009 – Shifted party allegiance on a dime
- Monserrate joined the Republican Party in a power grab for control of the State Senate that would displace Democrats as party leaders. Then, he reverted back to the Democratic Party after receiving a committee chairmanship.
Source: Republicans Seize Control of State Senate – The New York Times
2010 – Expelled from the State Senate
- The State Senate expelled Monserrate after he was convicted of domestic assault, the first time in nearly a century that the Legislature has forced a member from office.
- The disciplinary committee found that Monserrate showed little remorse for injuring his girlfriend and that he was more interested in preserving his political standing.
Source: New York Senate Expels Monserrate Over Assault – The New York Times
2012 – Misused City Funds for his own profit
- Monserrate admitted to steering $300,000 in city funds to a nonprofit group that he led. Of the appropriated funds, he used about $100,000 to pay for his failed 2006 Senate campaign. He pled guilty to charges of mail fraud and conspiracy and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Source: Monserrate Gets 2 Years in Prison for Misusing City Funds – The New York Times
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