Many rage as embattled pol Hiram Monserrate gets key job
Kenneth Lovett and Glenn Blain
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
ALBANY - Newly minted state Senate Democratic Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is in hot water for making embattled Sen. Hiram Monserrate a committee chairman.
Anti-domestic violence advocates, Republicans and even some Democrats say Smith sent a bad message by giving Monserrate the chairmanship before his felony assault case is settled.
Smith announced on Monday night that Monserrate, who has been accused of cutting his girlfriend with a broken glass, would head the Consumer Protection Committee.
"Giving this person a position of authority is a slap in the face to all women in the state," said Marcia Pappas, president of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women.
And then there's this from 1010WINS.com:
"It's very surprising, it really is," said Patti Jo Newell, the director of public policy for the New York state Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "We are at a historic change within the New York state Senate ... to wait and see what happens with his case should not be too disruptive, but instead he's been given a chair and been sworn in, and that has cast a shadow."