HIRAM SOUGHT DEFENSE-FUND $$ FROM LOBBYIST
By GINGER ADAMS OTIS, NY Post
Turncoat Democrat Hiram Monserrate was accused of soliciting a donation to his legal defense fund from a lobbyist pushing for changes to a bill sponsored by the embattled Queens senator, The Post has learned.
The potentially unethical conduct landed Monserrate in hot water with state Senate leaders in April.
A Monserrate staffer sent the lobbyist an e-mail in mid-April asking for a contribution to help offset the hot-tempered pol's burgeoning legal bills. Monserrate is fighting felony charges that he slashed his girlfriend's face on Dec. 19.
At the time, the lobbyist wanted changes in a gas-pricing bill controlled by Monserrate, then chairman of the Consumer Protection Committee. He stepped down after his indictment but remained on the panel.
The e-mail, sent from the staffer's home computer, angered Senate leadership when the livid lobbyist brought it to them, sources said.
Monserrate and Senate leaders refused comment.