Monday, February 8, 2010

Expel Monserrate! Politicians Must Stop Playing Games wi Women's Safety

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 resolved.

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 the latter."

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!
District Office:
1222  East 96th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Tel:   (718) 649-7653
Fax:  (718) 649-7661
Albany Office:
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    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,
Marcia A.Pappas
President, NOW-NYS
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