Senate Approves Special Committee of Inquiry, First meeting Today at 5pm

 

    (Albany, NY) – By unanimous vote, the Senate passed a resolution today approving the Special Committee of Inquiry, chaired by Senator Eric T. Schneiderman,  to investigate the conduct for which Senator Hiram Monserrate was convicted by the State Supreme Court of Queens County. The committee’s first official meeting will be held today at 5:00 PM in Capitol Room 124, open press.
     
    WHAT: First meeting of Special Committee of Inquiry
     
    WHERE:  Capitol, Room 124
     
    WHEN: 5:00 PM
     
    ***Below, please find a copy of the Senate’s resolution approving the Special Committee of Inquiry.***
     
     
    Senate Resolution
     
    BY: Senator Sampson
     
    SENATE RESOLUTION PROVIDING for a Select Committee of the Senate to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the conviction of Senator Hiram Monserrate on October 15, 2009
     
    WHEREAS, On March 23, 2009, Senator Hiram Monserrate was indicted in State Supreme Court in Queens on felony and misdemeanor charges of intentionally and recklessly causing physical injuries to another person; and
     
    WHEREAS, On October 15, 2009, Senator Hiram Monserrate was acquitted in State Supreme Court in Queens of all felony charges, and convicted of the misdemeanor charge of recklessly causing physical injury to another person; and
     
    WHEREAS, A conviction for such misdemeanor offense does not result in the automatic forfeiture of office upon conviction under the Public Officers Law; and
     
    WHEREAS, The seriousness of these domestic violence charges and the circumstances surrounding them warrant further investigation by the Senate, and may warrant the imposition of sanctions by the Senate; now, therefore be it
     
    RESOLVED, That a Select Committee of the Senate to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the conviction of Senator Hiram Monserrate is hereby established, to consist of nine Senators to be appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate. Four of such members shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the Minority Leader of the Senate. The chairperson of such committee shall be appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate; and be it further
     
    RESOLVED, That such committee is hereby authorized and directed to investigate the facts and circumstances relating to the conviction against Senator Monserrate; and be it further
     
    RESOLVED, That such committee shall have the same authority as
    committees constituted under Article 4 of the Legislative Law and Senate
    Rule VII; and be it further
     
    RESOLVED, That such committee shall ensure a full and fair investigation, ensure fairness in the hearing process, specifically providing Senator Monserrate and his counsel with notice of all public committee proceedings, as well as ensuring opportunities for Senator Monserrate to be heard; and be it further
     
    RESOLVED, That such committee shall report to the Senate with its recommendations; and be it further
     
    RESOLVED, That upon the delivery of such report to the Senate, such committee shall cease to exist.
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