Sen. Hiram Monserrate, D-Queens, gave up his chairmanship of the Senate’s Consumer Affairs Committee after his indictment today.
“I have accepted his request and such action is effective immediately. Senator Monserrate will retain his duties as a member of the State Senate during this time, but will not have the privilege of serving as chair until such time as his legal proceedings have been completely resolved,” Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, D-Queens.
There was no immediate replacement.
Senate Republicans said Smith should have taken further steps. Monserrate said he doesn’t plan to resign.
“We are disappointed by Senator Malcolm Smith’s decision to take no action against Senator Hiram Monserrate after a grand jury in Queens indicted him on three counts of second-degree felony assault and three counts of third-degree assault,” said a joint statement from upstate Republican Sens. Betty Little and Cathy Young.
“Senator Smith’s failure to act is a betrayal of abused women everywhere.”
New York NOW has wanted Smith to strip Monserrate of his chairmanship ever since he was sworn in earlier this year.