| Jun 10, 2009
A Republican coup in the state Senate, helped along by one Democrat with legal troubles and another who violated election laws, paralyzed the chamber on Tuesday.
Democrats vowed to fight back, possibly with a lawsuit, but the new leaders said the...
| Jun 11, 2009
The new majority allegiance in the New York State Senate held a brief session Thursday, however nothing came from it as one of the key senators walked out. Senator Hiram Monserrate of Jackson Heights, one of the two Democratic senators who helped...
| Jun 12, 2009
| 3:02 PM
To say this was a chaotic week at the State Capitol in Albany would be an understatement. It was a week like no other: historic, stunning, shocking. A revolt - a coup d'état - in the Senate threw the state into turmoil and paralyzed the government...
| Dec 4, 2009
| 9:33 AM
Queens Senator Hiram Monserrate has been sentenced to three years probation on a charge he brutally attacked his girlfriend.
Friday's sentencing also included 250 hours of community service and 52 weeks of domestic abuse counseling. An order of...
| Dec 29, 2009
| 3:13 PM
A New York Senate committee met Tuesday to decide whether a state senator convicted of assaulting his girlfriend should remain in office.
The special committee adjourned into an executive session without announcing its decision on the fate of Sen....
| Jan 12, 2010
| 9:39 AM
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...
| Jun 20, 2009
Gov. David Paterson has appointed two statesmen to mediate the power-struggle that has lead to the deadlock in the New York State Senate. Paterson announced Saturday, that former Lieutenant Gov. Stan Lundine and former State Sen. John Dunne will act as...
| Jul 9, 2009
| 2:14 PM
Senator Pedro Espada, one of two lawmakers whose switch to the Republican camp sparked the current Senate stalemate, has returned to the Democratic fold, ending the month-long crisis in Albany, officials confirmed Thursday.
Espada, who met with Sen. John...
| Jul 10, 2009
The stalemate in the New York State Senate ended on Thursday as Bronx Senator Pedro Espada returned to the Democratic conference. The move by Espada gives Democrats a 32-30 majority for the first time since the June 8 coup where both Espada and Senator...
| Sep 21, 2009
| 1:31 PM
During opening arguments in the trial of New York State Sen. Hiram Monserrate, prosecutors charged that his ex-girlfriend cried in the hospital and told a nurse she blamed the Queens lawmaker for cutting up her face with broken glass during a heated...
| Sep 30, 2009
| 1:29 PM
The girlfriend of New York State Sen. Hiram Monserrate took the stand Wednesday in the Queens lawmaker's assault trial.
Karla Giraldo initially told authorities she was attacked by Monserrate at his Jackon Heights home in December but later retracted her...