After getting expelled from the state Senate following his conviction for attempted assault, Hiram Monserrate is preparing to run for his seat again. The former legislator—who was found guilty of dragging his girlfriend down a hallway but acquitted of more serious felony charges—needs to submit a petition with 3,000 signatures by midnight if he wants his name on the ballot in next month's special election. So Monserrate is hitting the seniors centers.
WCBS reports that Monserrate is trying to get his signatures from elderly voters in his largely Democratic Queens district. Whether he's on or off the ballot, party officials have said they will back Democratic Assemblyman Jose Peralta in the March 16 election for the now-vacant seat. Monserrate had challenged the Senate's 53-8 expulsion vote, but a judge ruled that determining the district's representative was a decision "for the voters, not this court."