Gay marriage passage hits home in Sunnyside, Jax Hts.

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 10, District 11, District 12, District 13, District 15, District 24, District 25, District 26, District 7, District 9, Governor, State Senate, U.S. House on December 29, 2011 | No Comments

Before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill June 24 that would legalize same-sex marriage in New York state, Astoria LGBT activist Brendan Fay and his husband, Dr. Thomas Moulton, helped same-sex couples in New York cross the border into Canada or into neighboring states to get married. Now he receives messages from people in Ireland [...]


Hiram’s conviction upheld

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, State Senate on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate lost in court again Friday when the state Court of Appeals confirmed his misdemeanor assault conviction for dragging his girlfriend Karla Giraldo through his Jackson Heights apartment in December 2008, the Queens district attorney’s office said. A panel of four judges determined the evidence against Monserrate, whose conviction eventually led [...]

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Hiram trades politics for pies

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, State Senate on April 14, 2011 | No Comments

Where he once handed out fliers and plotted campaign strategy, controversial former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate now serves up pizza, fruit juice and flan. Monserrate, who is battling fraud charges and recently lost his high-powered Manhattan defense lawyer Joseph Tacopina after being unable to pay his fees, has found a job at restaurant Papaya Pizza [...]

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$376K bill to oust Monserrate

Posted by Rebecca Henely in State Senate on February 24, 2011 | No Comments

The state Senate spent $376,464 for outside criminal legal services in order to boot former East Elmhurst-based Sen. Hiram Monserrate from its chambers, which has earned the ire of state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn). “This is another outlandish expenditure that the taxpayer has to pay for,” Golden said. Yet Austin Shafran, spokesman for the Senate, [...]

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Hiram Monserrate gets new attorney

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, State Senate on February 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

A Manhattan federal judge refused to designate former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s Manhattan lawyer as his court-appointed attorney Friday and a new lawyer was chosen. Monserrate, who is facing fraud charges, had been using Joseph Tacopina of Tacopina, Seigel & Turano for years but recently claimed he was unable to pay Tacopina’s fees. The decision [...]

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Monserrate’s unpaid attorney asks to be appointed by court

Posted by Rebecca Henely in State Senate, Uncategorized on January 20, 2011 | No Comments

Joseph Tacopina, the longtime attorney for ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate, filed papers earlier this month requesting to be Monserrate’s court-appointed lawyer after his scandal-plagued client said he could not pay him, but the U.S. attorney in Manhattan said no. Tacopina, attorney for the Manhattan law offices of Tacopina, Seigel & Turano, P.C., has long [...]