Senate Committee Slated to Review Monserrate Case
Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson didn't hold his feelings back Tuesday as he announced the formation of a special committee to investigate Sen. Hiram Monserrate.

"We understand the magnitude of what happened here and we understand the integrity of the body that we must respect," said Sampson.

Monserrate was convicted last Thursday of a misdemeanor assault charge for dragging girlfriend Karla Giraldo out of his building last December. The whole fight was caught on security camera.

Karla Giraldo initially told authorities she was attacked by Monserrate at his Jackon Heights home in December but later retracted her story. However, during opening arguments of the trial, Assistant District Attorney Scott Kessler told a judge that the 30-year-old cried to a nurse after the fight, "My face! My face! I can't believe he did this to me."

Giraldo needed 20 stitches to repair her face, police said.

Monserrate was acquitted of felony charges that he deliberatly cut Giraldo's face with glass. A felony conviction would have forced him out of office

The committee will be chaired by state Senator Eric Schneiderman

Democrats on the investigation committee include Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Diane Savino, Toby Ann Stavisky and Andrea Stewart cousins. The republicans should be announced shortly.