They were supposed to start voting on Hiram Monserrate’s expulsion from or censure by the state senate earlier today, with the senate session moving from 3 p.m. to noon, but the chamber is currently occupied with other business, like a resolution asking the terror trials to be moved from New York City. (Update: The senate passed this non-binding resolution.)
But those who got good seats for the event are hanging in, The Wonkster reports: “The viewing galleries are at overflow capacity and interested parties sit ducking their heads to get a glimpse through windows.”
Monserrate is not among those with preferred seating. He has reportedly been shut out of a Democratic conference considering his fate prior to the vote. “I’ve been excluded,” he told reporters. When asked if he could have stayed, Monserrate said, “I don’t think that was an option.”
Though they’re not swift to take action even in a crisis, the senators will probably do something eventually; if the Democrats don’t act, minority leader Dean Skelos threatens to bring an expulsion resolution.
Meanwhile Governor David Paterson, still beleaguered by the so-far unreleased scandal news we’ve been waiting on since Friday, retains his combative stance. “The only way I’m not going to be governor next year is at the ballot box,” he tells reporters, “and the only way that I’ll be leaving office before is in a box.” So — suicide threat? He insists the rumors about him aren’t all that, and that the rumor spreading against him “seemed to be orchestrated,” though he didn’t say by who (we suggest it’s a Murder on the Orient Express kind of thing).