Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On The Expulsion Of Senator Hiram Monserrate

February 09, 2010

There is no question those of us fortunate enough to hold a position of public trust must be held to a higher standard befitting the privilege of representing the people of New York.  Today, the Senate acted to protect the best interests of the people we serve and preserve the dignity of our body.
The decision to expel a member was not an easy choice, but I encouraged my colleagues in the State Senate on a bipartisan basis to vote their conscience on the recommendations of the Select Committee.
While the Select Committee went to extraordinary lengths to conduct a full, fair, and thorough review of all relevant facts, evidence, rules, and procedures, I still believe the Senate should not have acted to expel Senator Monserrate while the appeal of his conviction is pending in the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.  I would have supported expulsion if his conviction was upheld.
New York faces many challenges in the months ahead. We will meet those challenges head on, deliver the change New Yorkers demand, and give our state the results it deserves.