Question: What do you do when a colleague is convicted of a crime that involves "accidentally" slashing his girlfriend's face?
Answer: If you're the special Senate committee charged with making a decision on this colleague's fate, you get stuck between the options of expulsion or censure. But if you're most of the general public, the answer is easy. Expulsion.
Good thing for Sen. Hiram Monserrate most of the public doesn't get to decide. If that were the case, he'd have to look for a new job.
As today's editorial states, we're incredulous. Or, maybe not, considering the political players. Monserrate "accidentally" slashes his girlfriend's face, claiming he tripped while bringing her a glass of water in a dark bedroom. Although he insists it was an accident he later says he's developed "a much greater appreciation for the issue of domestic violence in our community," and his colleagues are still weighing his credentials to remain on the job?
You can't make this stuff up. Monserrate, now a convicted member of the State Legislature, needs to go.
What needs to stay and get fixed up is the now-closed J.N. Adam Development Center.
Albany needs to step in and take responsbility for this historic site. In a pay now or more later scenario, officials should move quickly on this Perrysburg site. Dating back to 1912 and funded in part by its namesake, former Buffalo Mayor J.N. Adam, this site needs state protection. The sooner the better.
Dawn Marie Bracely/Editorial Writer