NOW Outraged Over NY State Senator Assault Case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The National Organization for Women is outraged over the swearing-in of a New York state senator facing charges of slashing his girlfriend's face with a piece of broken glass.

Hiram Monserrate was charged with assault and weapon possession
after Karla Giraldo's face was cut Dec. 19 at his New York City home. The gash over her eye required 25 stitches.

Marcia Pappas, head of the state chapter of NOW, says Monserrate is being awarded an undeserved position of power - head of the consumer protection committee.

A spokesman for new Democratic leaders in the Senate says they're considering all appropriate options.
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