AP reports that the state senate panel which closed its investigation of senator Hiram Monserrate last month has rendered its verdict: Monserrate, who was convicted of misdemeanor assault of his girlfriend, should be either expelled from the Senate or censured by it. The report is confirmed by officials, says NY1.
There’s a big difference between the two prescriptions: censure is a formal statement of disapproval which doesn’t change much of anything except, possibly, the victim’s reputation, while expulsion means you’re out.
Monserrate says he’s not leaving no matter what. His lawyer says the senate can’t kick him out, though the assembly has thrown members out before.
A list of colleagues, politicians and publications that have expressed a desire to be rid of Monserrate appears here.