Hiram Monserrate, the Queens Democrat who was expelled from the State Senate for assaulting his girlfriend and later jailed for stealing public funds, is plotting another comeback.
Monserrate, now a Democratic district leader, filed on Tuesday to run against Queens
Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry, a fellow Democrat and one of the highest-ranking lawmakers in the chamber. A source close to Monserrate said the politician has not made a final decision on whether to run but is strongly considering the possibility.
“Hiram is considering a run. He hasn’t made a decision yet,” said the source. “He opened the committee, he’s trying to raise money and see what happens.”
Two years ago, Monserrate ran unsuccessfully for City Council against Francisco Moya, a former assemblymember. Though Moya had the strong support of the Democratic establishment and the city’s major labor unions, Monserrate still managed to garner 44 percent of the vote. Monserrate had held the City Council seat, based in East Elmhurst and Corona, in the early 2000s before he was elected to the State Senate in 2008.
In 2010, Monserrate’s colleagues voted overwhelmingly to expel him the chamber after he was charged with beating and slashing his then-girlfriend, Karla Giraldo. Security camera footage showed Monserrate dragging her by her hair through the lobby of their building, and doctors later said Giraldo needed 40 stitches.
In 2012, Monserrate was sentenced to two years in prison after he plead guilty to misappropriating $109,000 in city grants when he was a member of the City Council.
Were he to run, Monserrate would be competitive. He is a district leader in Aubry’s district, which overlaps with Moya’s Council seat, and maintains a base of support there. Aubry did not immediately return a request for comment.