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Monserrate to be Democratic District Leader Following Thursday Vote

Hiram Monserrate (Photo: New York State Senate)

Sept. 14, 2018 By Tara Law

Hiram Monserrate, a disgraced former state senator and city councilmember, defeated incumbent George R. Dixon on Thursday to become a Democratic district leader for the 35th district. 

Monserrate generated 1,953 votes— 54.42 percent of the vote— and will serve as a district leader representing sections of Corona and Jackson Heights. Dixon received 1,624 votes, 45.25 percent of the total, according to the Board of Elections.

The election was the second time Monserrate had battled with Dixon for the position. In 2016, Dixon was elected to the office by a margin of only 57 votes.

Democratic District Leaders–volunteers who are elected by the party to endorse Democratic candidates and advocate for the needs of the community– are elected by political parties during the primaries.

Monserrate ran on a platform of a “lifetime of service,” and highlighted his time in the Senate, City Council, and as an NYPD officer. 

However, Monserrate is best known throughout the City for a series of criminal convictions. 

He was expelled from the Senate in 2010 following a misdemeanor conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. Monserrate was accused of slashing her face with broken glass and dragging her around an apartment building lobby.

Then in 2012, he was sentenced to two years in prison for a felony corruption charge.

In the years since his removal from the State Senate, Monserrate has repeatedly campaigned to regain public office. He lost to Jose Peralta in a special election run for the State Senate in 2010. Later that year, he was defeated by Francisco Moya in a Democratic Primary for the State Assembly.

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26 Comments

Melissa

Honestly his entire team played dirty throughout the entire election!! Especially the day of the election when Sonya Harvey was telling people that she was a Poll Watcher. I cannot the believe the Board of Elections do not train their employees/volunteers to ask for ID to make sure that people who are IN the ballot are not IN the poll sites influencing people. ALSO, there was a bunch of literature all over the place! Poll sites in the 35th District were a complete mess! Not only that but Sonya Harvey was telling employees who were handing out flyer for the other running district leaders to “get out of here! don’t stand here go stand over there!” First of all, she has no right to be telling people to move or to act that way publicly. Honestly, cannot imagine how she is going to be moving forward. Probably fake just like her partner Monserrate.




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my bad

Dang you’re right, I was confusing him with Michael Cohen.

And Paul Manafort.

And Michael Flynn.

And George Papadopoulos.

And Rick Gates.




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Lawrence

The political system is the political system. He ran and he won. Over one thousand registered voters wanted him in and they are the majority vote in his district. Time will tell if they made the right decision.
Remember all of you who are negative in regards to his win.
DON’T HATE THE PLAYER, HATE THE GAME!
Good luck to you Mr. Monserrate, you are going to need it!




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jenastoriat

“Democratic District Leaders–volunteers who are elected by the party to endorse Democratic candidates and advocate for the needs of the community– are elected by political parties during the primaries.”




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Steve

Is assault a game now? Funny, I thought it’s generally reasonable to not trust a person who slashes up their significant other.




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john

unfortunately queens is corrupt, look at how Virgina Joe Crowley just coerced local Dems into re-electing him as Queens Boss in a secret meeting in the Georgia Diner! Crowley is just as slimy, he just puts on a good act, but he and his family and cronies are corrupt, use his influence to get rich, and he sat in Washington building his own career and wealth.




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Jawn

He is literally one of the poorest members of Congress. Bottom 2 percentile by net worth, but facts probably don’t matter too much to people like you.




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Anthony

There seem to be no basic moral standards anymore for elected office. What is happening to the voting public?




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Lawrence

He paid the fine for his conduct and we should let him get on with his life. He won and it is over.




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Melissa

Okay but next time tell him to stop playing games even on the day of elections when his partner Sonya Harvey was telling lies to the poll sites that she was a POLL WATCHER! FYI You cannot be a poll watcher AND be on the ballot!




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Melissa

Nobody wants to say this but to be honest I am sure that the people that voted for him are so ignorant that they did not even know about his past. He won the Hispanic vote and it’s probably because Hispanics voted for him just because he is Hispanic. I, being Hispanic myself, did my research. There is no way in hell was I going to vote for someone who misused city funds, was in a domestic violence abuse and was convicted in prison for 2 years!




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