State Senator John Bonacic, today called for the Senate to vote to expel State Senator Hiram Monserrate from the State Senate. Senator Bonacic said:
"Senator Monserrate’s conduct the night he attacked his girlfriend was reprehensible. Whatever other good he may have done in his career as a Marine, Police Officer, and member of the City Council and State Legislature cannot overcome that conduct. Mr. Monserrate has had his due process – now the consequences of his actions must come." – it is a crime. There must be zero tolerance for it. If a Member of the Legislature is convicted of a crime, his or her conduct should be reviewed and consequences should result. In this case, it is clear that the consequence should be expulsion from the Senate."
"As a former prosecutor, but more importantly as a husband and father, I know that domestic violence is not a private problem. It is a crime. It has to be treated that way. There has to be zero tolerance for it."