Sunday, July 18, 2010

Monserrate, Ousted State Senator, Seeks Assembly Seat by Stephen Ceasar -

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Hiram Monserrate, who three months ago failed to regain the State Senate seat he had lost after being convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault, is again running for office, this time for a Queens Assembly seat.

Mr. Monserrate filed nominating petitions on Tuesday to be placed on the ballot in the Democratic primary in September for the 39th Assembly District seat, Board of Elections officials said on Wednesday.

Mr. Monserrate, a former police officer and city councilman, is running for a seat representing parts of western Queens. It was left vacant when José R. Peralta was elected to Mr. Monserrate’s old Senate seat.

In October, Mr. Monserrate was convicted of recklessly injuring his companion, Karla Giraldo, after dragging her through his apartment’s lobby.

He was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service, participate in a yearlong counseling program and pay a $1,000 fine.

The Senate expelled Mr. Monserrate in February. The following month, he was handily defeated by Mr. Peralta in a special election for his former seat.

In the September primary, Mr. Monserrate will face Francisco Moya, a government affairs official for Cablevision. Mr. Moya has considerable support among New York Democrats and has the endorsement of the Working Families Party.

Doug Forand, a spokesman for Mr. Moya’s campaign, said that Mr. Monserrate’s history made him unfit for public office. “His continued insistence on being taken seriously as a candidate is both delusional and offensive to the voters,” Mr. Forand said.

Calls to Mr. Monserrate and his staff were not returned.