NY Senate votes to expel Hiram Monserrate

(AP) - The New York Senate has voted to immediatelyexpel a senator convicted of misdemeanor assault.

The Senate voted 53-8 on Tuesday night to oust Sen. HiramMonserrate. The Queens Democrat was convicted of dragging hisgirlfriend through his apartment lobby but acquitted of a felony. Afelony conviction would have automatically cost him his job.

Monserrate says Tuesday's vote is depriving voters of theirright to choose a representative. He has vowed to fight anexplusion.

The Senate Democratic Conference agreed earlier Tuesday to putforth two resolutions to the full Senate. One of them called forMonserrate's immediate expulsion, the other to expel him by June 30or following his criminal appeal.

Democrats declined to consider a motion to simply censure him.

Monserrate is appealing his conviction.

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