Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday named an ex-City Councilman as his Buildings Commissioner and an ally of disgraced state lawmaker Hiram Monserrate to be the Big Apple’s next sheriff. The two appointments came as Hizzoner traveled to California for a technology-related conference. The new buildings chief, Eric Ulrich, was first elected to represent Queens at City Hall in a February 2009 special election and departed last year under the term limits law. Adams initially hired him in January as a senior adviser, where he helped vet candidates for other key positions in the administration. The mayor also appointed ex-cop and...
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has shown a certain affinity for people who, as he puts it, “have stumbled and fell” — and for some of the most controversial figures in New York politics. Take Hiram Monserrate. The ex-pol was ousted from the state Senate in 2010 over a domestic assault conviction and spent time in prison for misusing taxpayer money while serving on the City Council. He’s an old ally of Adams, but the mayor, when he was campaigning for office, finally disavowed Monserrate’s attempts at a political comeback.
Tom Brady is coming back … and so is Hiram Monserrate. The former Queens state senator announced on Facebook that he’s again taking on Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry in yet another attempt to get back into legislative office. Monserrate, a former NYPD officer, was expelled from the state Senate in 2010 after being convicted on misdemeanor charges of assaulting his then-girlfriend. He later pleaded guilty in a corruption case. Monserrate has been active in Queens politics for the past few years, and he won elections for a Democratic district leader seat in 2018 and 2020. But he has had no success winning legislative office in at least five attempts, most recently failing to make the ballot for City Council last year due to a law tailor-made to keep him from running. And in the 2020 primary, he lost to Aubry 65% to 35%. Folks in Queens have known for months that Monserrate was planning another run, Assembly Member Catalina Cruz said, but the Democratic Party establishment isn’t happy. “If he loves the community as much as he says he does, then at some point he’ll realize he’s not what’s best for it,” she said.
The twice-convicted politician Hiram Monserrate has launched another run for State Assembly. Monserrate announced earlier this month on Facebook that he is running again for State Assembly District 35 — covering Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and Corona. “I’m on a mission to make sure our voices are heard,” he shared...