Monserrate should not take seat in Senate

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I found it disturbing that another politician is in trouble with the law. State Sen.−elect Hiram Monserrate (D−Jackson Heights) was arrested for allegedly assaulting and cutting his girlfriend, Karla Giraldo, in the face with a broken glass. She suffered two lacerations over her left eye and needed 20 stitches.

Monserrate now allegedly joins an exclusive club of politicians who have behaved badly. Assembly members Brian McLauglin, Gloria Davis, Clarence Norman and Diana Gordon have all been convicted on corruption charges. Former state Sen. John Sabini pleaded guilty to drunk driving.

A person is innocent until proven guilty, but the Monserrate incident is no less troubling. Monserrate should not take his seat until this issue is resolved or resign his position for the good of the people.

Furthermore, this incident brings to light the issue of domestic violence. No woman deserves to be hit by a man. We need to remember that women are our mothers, wives, daughters and girlfriends and therefore deserve our respect. They need to be protected.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

Updated 6:33 pm, October 10, 2011
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