From City Hall News:
A Senate panel mulling the fate of Hiram Monserrate, who was convicted in October of misdemeanor assault, has completed four marathon sessions, pored over thousands of pages of documents and reviewed hundreds of hours of court proceedings. The committee expects to complete its work by the end of the year.
But a growing number of lawmakers say they have already made up their minds, and plan to move forward early next year with a vote to expel Monserrate regardless of the committee’s findings.
Sen. Brian Foley of Suffolk, one of the first members of the chamber to call for Monserrate’s removal, has already told colleagues he plans to initiate expulsion proceedings even if the committee recommends a less severe sanction, Foley’s office confirmed. Senate officials say they expect such a measure to have broad support among both Republicans and Democrats in the chamber.
Another prominent Senate Democrat with knowledge of the committee’s work, who did not want to jeopardize the legality of the review process, put it more bluntly: “It’s a done deal.”