Press Release: National Organization for Women-New York State (NOW-NYS) Demands: Expel Monserrate! Politicians Must Stop Playing Games with Women's Safety
For Immediate Release
February 7, 2009
National Organization for Women-New York State Demands: Expel Monserrate
Politicans Must Stop Playing Games with Women's Safety
ALBANY, NY (02/07/2010) For a couple of weeks now, rumors have been circulating about the New York State Senate's upcoming decision to either expel or
censure NY State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D), who was recently
convicted of misdemeanor assault for slashing his woman friend.
Although NYS Senate Conference Leader John L. Sampson (D) has promised
a Tuesday, February 9 resolution, he will not say what decision will be
According to NOW-NYS President Marcia Pappas, "the future of the Democratic Party and women's safety is in Sampson's
hands." In view of the fact that Democrats will lose an important
Senate seat if they expel Monserrate, Pappas explained: "Democrats can
either do what it politically expedient or they can do what is
ethically right, by showing the women (and of course all citizens) of
New York State that their safety comes first. We hope they will choose
In that most rumors predict a decision for censure rather than expulsion, Pappas asks: "Will Senator Sampson give advance
warning so that citizens can protest ahead of time? Or will he just
spring it on everyone in the form of a 'privileged resolution' that
needs no committee vote or forty-eight-hour warning?"
Some Republicans are calling for expulsion in their own "privileged
resolution." But such a measure could be voted down and/or the
Democratic leadership could easily prevent a floor vote by burying the
Republican resolution in a Finance Committee referral.
Pappas concludes that "NOW-NYS believes EXPULSION IS THE ONLY ANSWER." She
adds that "NOW will be holding accountable all Senators who don't
support a vote for expulsion."
Contact Senator Sampson: He is the person who will be in charge of allowing the Senate to take a vote!
1222 East 96th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Tel: (718) 649-7653
Fax: (718) 649-7661
409 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Tel: (518) 455-2788
Fax: (518) 426-6806
After you contact Senator Sampson's office, contact your own Senator and demand that they vote for expulsion of Monserrate. To find your own
Senator, go to http://capwiz.com/nownys/state/main/?state=NY At the top of the page, you can type in your zip code to find your NYS
Senator. Send her/him an email from there. You know what to say. The
message is simple "EXPEL MONSERRATE NOW!"
In Sisterhood and for Equality,
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