Just when you thought New York’s government couldn’t get anymore dysfunctional, it just did.
The Republicans have taken back the New York State Senate, utilizing two corrupt Democrats – Sen. Pedro Espada and Sen. Hiram Monsserate – who decided that they would now caucus with the Republicans.
From Monsserate’s wiki (I know, I know, but it gives a pretty good summary here):
Monserrate was arrested on December 19, 2008 and accused of slashing Karla Giraldo in the face with a broken drinking glass during an argument in his Jackson Heights apartment. He was arraigned the same day and pled not guilty to the charges of second-degree assault, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If Monserrate is convicted, state law requires that he be expelled from the Senate.
His companion initially made statements to hospital staff and the police which led to his arrest. She later changed her account to match that of Monserrate namely that the cuts on her face near her left eye from a broken glass were an accident and she is no longer cooperating with the investigation. Sources have discussed with the media evidence including video surveillance that support the charges of assault and the attempt to cover it up.
On March 23, 2009, a Queens grand jury indicted Monserrate on three counts of felony assault on Giraldo and three counts of misdemeanor assault. If convicted, the maximum sentence would be seven years. Monserrate denied the charges, saying “Listen, the reality is that from the very beginning I have said this was an accident. My girlfriend said it’s an accident. This is an accident and we look forward to the dismissal of all these charges based on the truth.” At arraignment, he pled not guilty to all charges.