Senate Still Weighing Possible Monserrate Expulsion

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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Senate Still Weighing Possible Monserrate Expulsion

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State Senator Hiram Monserrate.

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New York Senate leader John Sampson says he is at least a week away from deciding how to handle the thorny case of a senator convicted of a misdemeanor in an assault case.

     Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat, says he has made no decision on the future of Sen. Hiram Monserrate , a Queens Democrat, despite the recommendation of his select committee on Jan. 14 to expel or censure Monserrate "as soon as reasonably possible."
    
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos says the decision is already overdue and the full Senate should vote now.
    
Monserrate was convicted of dragging his girlfriend in the incident but was acquitted of a felony.
A felony conviction would have automatically cost him his job.
    
Monserrate says he will fight any action against him as a matter of civil rights.

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