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LGBT activists protest against Monserrate

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in Assembly, District 13, District 34, District 39, State Senate on December 16, 2009 | No Comments

The wound is still fresh for gay and lesbian constituents of Queens and state senators like Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst), who voted against same-sex marriage two weeks ago. Organized by groups like the LGBT Coalition of Queens and the Western Queens Same Sex Marriage Alliance, protesters marched on Monserrate’s office in East Elmhurst Saturday and [...]

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Peralta calls for domestic violence task force

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in Assembly, City Council, District 13, District 21, District 39, State Senate on December 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

In the wake of a shocking family murder in Corona, state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) announced he will seek to establish a task force on domestic violence. He was joined Saturday on a march to the 115th Precinct station house by about two dozen supporters, including local clergy and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East [...]

Blighted Ridgewood property to be beautified by neighbors

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in Assembly, City Council, District 15, District 30, District 38, State Senate on December 16, 2009 | No Comments

Two months after she proposed the plan, the Long Island Rail Road has agreed to City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) request to let the community turn a dilapidated newsstand in Ridgewood into open space for the community. The lot at 61-50 Metropolitan Ave. is the site of an abandoned newsstand and convenience store. Plans [...]

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Monserrate avoids jail but still faces peers

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in District 13, State Senate on December 9, 2009 | No Comments

The saga of state Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s (D-East Elmhurst) assault case is out of the courtroom for the time being, but although the first-term legislator avoided any jail time on his misdemeanor conviction for recklessly injuring his girlfriend while dragging her out of his apartment building, he still faces censure from his Senate colleagues and [...]

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Boro spoils marriage hopes

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in District 13, State Senate on December 9, 2009 | 1 Comment

State Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) and three other Queens Democrats came under fire from some constituents after voting to kill the same-sex marriage bill in the state Senate, which was struck down by a larger margin than expected. Five of the borough’s seven-member Senate delegation opposed the controversial measure, including Monserrate, whose district includes [...]

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Monserrate escapes jail term

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in District 13, State Senate on December 4, 2009 | Comments Off

Embattled state Sen. Hiram Monserrate was sentenced to three years’ probation, a $1,000 fine, 52 weeks of counseling and 250 hours of community service in Queens Supreme Court Friday stemming from a misdemeanor reckless assault charge for an incident in which his girlfriend’s face was slashed. Surveillance footage from the Jackson Heights apartment building where [...]