Monserrate To Be Removed or Censured After Conviction
Legislative officials say a special New York Senate committee is recommending either censuring or expelling Sen. Hiram Monserrate following his misdemeanor assault conviction last year.

The officials are familiar with the report and spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly. They say the decision leaves fate of Monserrate in the hands of the full Senate.

Monserrate says he won't give up his job even if the Senate expels him.

A lawyer for the Queens Democrat, Joseph Tacopina, has said there's no legal foundation for expulsion.

Monserrate was convicted of dragging his girlfriend but acquitted of a felony. Her face was slashed by broken glass during what both called an accident.