Fresh Meadows resident Judy Grossi, whose daughter dated Monserrate for nearly five years while he was a Marine, called the councilman a “teddy bear.”
“He was so good to my daughter, let me tell you. I always looked to Hiram like he was another one of my kids,” Grossi said. “He never had any nastiness to him whatsoever. He was very kind, very respectful. He was and still is a wonderful man.”
Grossi, a victim of domestic violence herself, said that the only time she witnessed Monserrate’s demeanor change was when he saw her husband hit her one night in her home.
“When Hiram came to pick up my daughter, one night my husband, he just whammed me in the face right in front of him, and Hiram, he just went off. He was chasing him around the table trying to fight him,” Grossi said. “He went all around the dining room table trying to grab him, holding up his fist and telling my husband to ‘be a man and come outside and fight.’ That was the only time I ever saw him angry.”
Lawmakers mum about Monserrate
And his colleagues have nothing to say about any of it. But at least one member of the public is recommending he step down.