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Hiram Monserrate Makes Another Run for Queens Assembly Seat

Hiram Monserrate is running again for State Assembly (Hiram Monserrate via Facebook)

March 15, 2022 By Allie Griffin

The twice-convicted politician Hiram Monserrate has launched another run for State Assembly.

Monserrate announced earlier this month on Facebook that he is running again for State Assembly District 35 — covering Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and Corona.

“I’m on a mission to make sure our voices are heard,” he shared on Facebook.

He listed “a safer community, a cleaner community, a healthier community and an MTA that really works” as his campaign goals.

Monserrate put a call-out on Facebook to volunteers Sunday to help collect signatures for his run.

The former state senator last ran for the seat in 2020, but lost in the Democratic primary to incumbent Jeffrion Aubry. Aubry garnered 65 percent of the vote to Monserrate’s 35 percent.

Monserrate, who is a Democratic district leader for the 35th District, has remained active in politics and civic activism since he was convicted of misusing public funds about 10 years ago.

In September, for instance, he helped organize a rally against an incoming homeless shelter in East Elmhurst alongside the East Elmhurst Corona Alliance.

Monserrate has repeatedly tried to get back into public office despite his criminal past. In 2012, the former state and city lawmaker pleaded guilty to misappropriating $100,000 in public funds to finance a campaign. He was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.

Monserrate was also convicted of misdemeanor assault and expelled from the State Senate in 2010. He was convicted of slashing his girlfriend’s face with broken glass and dragging her around his apartment building lobby.

Most recently, the Democrat attempted to run for the City Council last year but was forced to drop his bid after the Council passed a bill that disqualifies anyone who has been convicted of certain felonies related to corruption or abuse of public office from being elected to major city offices.

However, Monserrate has been successful in two elections since serving time behind bars. He was elected a Democratic district leader for Assembly District 35 in both 2018 and 2020. District leaders are volunteers who are elected by the party to advocate for the needs of the community.

Monserrate didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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Anibal Amaya

Hiram is a good man. He personally helped me big time in the past. I feel he will be goid for the community.

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Anonymous

This is incredible, how it is possible that this ex-cop, ex-convict, one for assault and the other for robbery of citizens, you have no shame, if he did all that with political power, how would it be when he was a policeman, how many citizens he mistreated, I knew him personally , never wanted to help anyone just for convenience and you know this is disgusting

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Jorge Colon

Poverty Pimp Hiram will just have to get the Democrat party nod. Then in the general \, all the Democrat, Socialist and Progressive sheep will vote for him. Yes, even you migwar.

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migwar

His loyal followers will doubtless vote for him (again.) Let’s just hope there are fewer of them for each election. District Leaders usually represent only a geographical half of an Assembly District, so, hopefully, the half in which he doesn’t live will be smarter than the half that elected him District Leader. I am not in that A.D., but was appalled when he represented my State Senate district and, had he not been defeated in the next election, I would have considered voting for a Republican.

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Jorge Colon

migwar
March 16th, 2022

“…have considered voting for a Republican.”
Do it, you’ve nothing to lose.

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Javier

This wife beating convicted felon shouldn’t hold any public office ever again. He’s not worthy of serving my coffee. No criminal should be allowed to hold a public office position. Its bad enough my tax dollars fed him in jail, I don’t need my tax dollars feeding him even better meals now.

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