Friday, October 16, 2009

Action Alert: Tell Governor Paterson & your NYS Senator to remove Monserrate, Abuser

NYS Legislators Finally Calling for Removal of Monserrate. Write a letter to Governor Paterson and your NYS Senator. Demand Same.

NYS Legislators Call for Removal of Senator Monserrate

Take Action by Contacting Governor and NYS Senators to Demand Same

Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington (D Gains an Ally:
Senator Liz Krueger (D) Joins Call for Monserrate's Ouster

Until today, Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington (D) from Long Island has been the only legislator with the courage to speak out against the horrific actions of NY State Senator Hiram Monserrate, who was recently convicted of a misdemeanor for abusing his girlfriend. And Eddington has been more than forthcoming on this subject, doing interviews in print publications along with a number of radio programs. In fact, this past year, Ms. Eddington has sponsored legislation that would force district attorneys to consider violence against women as a form of hate crime.

The silence from the other women of the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly has been deafening. One wonders what the Women's Legislative Caucus has been doing to bring attention to this matter. Indeed, we at the National Organization for Women have been puzzled about when and if other legislators (both women and men) would speak out to show their disapproval as has Ms. Eddington so eloquently done. But we know all too well how risky speaking out can be, especially when legislators feel their political futures could be affected.

Well, we are proud to report that finally we are seeing another courageous legislator join Eddington in speaking out on the subject of still-Senator Monserrate. Below is a press release by Senator Liz Krueger (D) New York City, whom we thank profusely for strongly advocating Monserrate's removal from the Senate.

It is our hope that other legislators will also find the courage to speak out as have Ms. Eddington and Ms. Krueger. It is not enough to hear from our elected officials just during election years. Surely we should know that our representatives find that same voice and courage whenever there is injustice.

In conclusion, we of NOW-NYS call for the immediate removal of Senator Hiram Monserrate; and we urge others to call their own State Senators, Senate Leadership in general, and Governor Paterson to demand Monserrate's removal.  Take action NOW!


New York State Senate, 26th District


"I believe Hiram Monserrate should not remain in the Senate, and for the sake of his constituents, the institution of the Senate and the Democratic party he should resign immediately based on the seriousness of his violent crime.

Being an elected official is an honor and a privilege, not a right. As a state legislator , the voters give you the power to decide what laws all 19 million of us live under. And as such we are obligated to hold ourselves to the highest standards of our laws.

The justice system has determined that Mr. Monserrate has violated our laws and is guilty of a very disturbing and violent crime against a woman. Domestic violence is a scourge on our society, and an issue which I believe requires us to speak out. Only through speaking out can we work to prevent more violence, support survivors, end the stigma and fear that victims deal with, and advocate for stronger penalties for those who believe they are above the law and violate another human being.

The Senate is exploring our institutional legal options now that the Courts have ruled, but haven't yet issued a sentence. For me, the length of the sentence does not matter - domestic violence is domestic violence, guilt is guilt. Therefore, I believe Hiram Monserrate should not remain in the Senate."

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