Hiram Monserrate Plans To Fight To Keep Senate Seat

02.10.10 | FL News Team

The New York State Senate did something late last night that it hasn't done in nearly a century. Members voted to expel a senator. The senator in question, Queens Democrat Hiram Monserrate, is vowing to get a court injunction to block the 53-to-8 vote to oust him. The move follows Monserrate's conviction for assaulting his girlfriend, something the state Senate said it considered an inexcusable offense. His removal leaves 31 Democrats and 30 Republicans in the chamber and that creates a problem for Dems who needed 32 votes to approve legislation without Republican support. New York Governor David Paterson has scheduled a special election for March 16th to fill the vacancy and avoid Senate gridlock.