On this Memorial Day we pay tribute to the men and women who have put their lives on the line to stand in defense of our American way of life. The actions of those individuals strengthen our dedication to the exercise of freedom in our nation.
On Tuesday, February 9, 2010, the New York State Senate voted to expel Senator Hiram Monserrate. I was a member of the Select Ethics Committee established by the Senate to investigate the matter. The committee rendered its report on January 14, 2010. This report was based on exhaustive and deliberative review of hours of testimony, documents, and other evidence. The committee exercised due diligence in reaching its unanimous recommendations to the Senate to consider either sanction or expulsion. The Senate determined by a vote of 53-8 to expel Senator Monserrate.