The panel to investigate whether State Senator Hiram Monserrate should face disciplinary action, in the wake of his misdemeanor for assaulting his girlfriend, has been set. Senate majority conference leader John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) said, "Violence against women is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated. It has no place in the world. It has no place in the Senate. As a father with daughters I am not only angry, but I'm pissed off. But as a leader I cannot let my personal feelings supercede the individual rights of each member. While there may be many calls for our colleague to resign, that is his choice and his choice alone."

There are nine members, five women and four men: The Democrats named Eric Schneiderman (Manhattan; he will also chair), Diane Savino (Staten Island), Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Westchester), Ruth Hassell-Thompson (the Bronx) and Toby Ann Stavisky (Queens), while the Republicans named Andrew Lanza (Staten Island), John Flanagan (East Northport), James Alesi (Perinton) and Cathy Young (Olean). Republican minority leader Dean Skelos also suggested Betty Little (Queensbury), in case the Democrats might want to make it a 10-person committee (five from each party).

The NY Times thinks Monserrate should get out, but the Daily News, hoping for Senate leaders to strike a tone with a tough but fair investigation, thinks Sampson "poisoned" the well with his remarks. And Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., who said that the other calls for Monserrate to resign were racist, is upset that no Hispanic Senators were named to the panel.