From the Daily News:
The state Senate paid a whopping $376,464 for legal help to expel Hiram Monserrate after he assaulted his girlfriend, the Daily News has learned.
That's the tab a Park Avenue law firm charged taxpayers last year to help lawmakers - who have dozens of in-house lawyers at their beck and call - to decide whether they had the authority to boot Monserrate for his crime.
"That's a lot of money to spend on a bad guy," quipped state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn).
Golden, who was among the most vocal critics of Monserrate, said the Democrats who controlled the Senate at the time could have used one of their more than 150 in-house staff lawyers to do the work.
"That, in and of itself, is a crime," Golden, an ex-cop, said.