By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
Published: December 29, 2009
ALBANY — Senator Hiram Monserrate behaved recklessly and callously after his companion was hurt during an argument at his Queens home, failing to call 911, dragging her violently through a hallway and taking her to a hospital miles away, according to a State Senate committee investigating Mr. Monserrate.
A draft of the committee’s final report concludes that Mr. Monserrate seemed to be as concerned with keeping the confrontation last December from becoming public as he was with the safety and health of his companion, Karla Giraldo, according to a person familiar with the report. The report also found that Mr. Monserrate refused to take full responsibility for injuring Ms. Giraldo, said the person who asked not to be identified because the report is confidential.
While it is not yet clear what sanctions the panel may recommend to the full Senate, the report’s harsh findings suggest that the committee is laying the groundwork for a stiff punishment for Mr. Monserrate, possibly even his expulsion from the Senate.
A state judge, William M. Erlbaum, acquitted Mr. Monserrate in October of felony charges of deliberately slashing Ms. Giraldo’s face with a broken glass, but convicted him of misdemeanor assault for pulling her through the lobby of his apartment building, which was captured on security videotape.
Justice Erlbaum sentenced Mr. Monserrate to three years of probation, 250 hours of community service and a 52-week counseling program. But many of his Senate colleagues called on him to resign, a step Mr. Monserrate, who is appealing his conviction, has steadfastly said he will not take.