From the NY Post:
In a move that almost redefines "chutzpah," disgraced ex-pol Hiram Monserrate wants taxpayers to fund his defense against charges he misused $109,000 in "slush fund" cash while he was a city councilman.
The Queens Democrat -- who got booted from the state Senate for assaulting his girlfriend -- filed court papers yesterday saying he's unemployed and has just $100 to his name.
Monserrate says he has racked up $128,000 in debt.
Defense lawyer Joseph Tacopina, who represented Monserrate in the assault case, said in the Manhattan federal-court filing that his firm contacted Monserrate in October after learning from the feds that he'd been indicted on fraud charges.
"In response, Mr. Monserrate assured us that he would have the funds available to retain us," Tacopina wrote.
But Monserrate hasn't coughed up a dime since then, and recently revealed he lacks the means to do so.