Yesterday, the Daily News reported that State Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) was given back his committee chairmanship and the $12,500/year stipend—it had been stripped because of those felony assault charges for allegedly beating his girlfriend. The News' sources suggested Monserrate wanted them back in return to rejoining the Democratic fold, but he told the News, "Me getting the committee chairmanship back is news to me. I never asked to be reinstated as [head] of the ... committee. If that's what you're saying is occurring, oh well. If that's what leadership wants to do, that's their decision." But now the News reports that Monserrate requested to be given back the chairmanship and stipend—according to Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), head of the Democratic conference, and Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Queens). In an interesting choice of words, Sen. Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn) said Monserrate's reinstatement was "a slap in the face to every woman and every citizen of this state."