Quinn on Monserrate
March 24th, 2009

Most officials are staying mum on yesterday’s indictment of former councilmember now State Senator Hiram Monserrate, who has been charged with several counts of assault for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend with a glass.

At today’s pre-stated press conference, Council Speaker Christine Quinn made a brief statement when asked for a reaction.

“When this incident was first reported last December, I said, and that remains my position, that domestic violence is a terrible, terrible thing,” Quinn said. “It’s a cancer in our city. If someone is found to have committed an act of domestic violence, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Whatever position they may or may not hold should have no bearing on their being prosecuted to the fullest extent, if the allegations are proven to be true.”

At the time of the alleged incident, Monserrate was still a member of the City Council. When asked whether the council would react (say through censure) on the indictment, Quinn said it was no longer within their jurisdiction.

Upstate, as a result of the indictment, Monserrate was stripped of his chairmanship (temporarily if found innocent) of the Senate Consumer Affairs Committee.

Quinn made the statements prior to a council vote on extending rent control for another three years. More on that later.

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