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Politics Queens DA investigating possible campaign impropriety by Hiram Monserrate, voters say

12:05  23 june  2020
12:05  23 june  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Hiram Monserrate , who was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend and fraud, still has significant Along 57th Avenue in Corona, Queens , even the storefronts can be a battlefield in what has been one of the most There, campaign posters blare the name of Hiram Monserrate , the former councilman

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Detectives with the Queens district attorney’s office have been interviewing voters who interacted with staffers for Hiram Monserrate — the convicted felon and former state senator now seeking an Assembly seat — about possible impropriety by his campaign, the Daily News has learned.

Hiram Monserrate wearing a suit and tie: Disgraced politician Hiram Monserrate leaves Manhattan Federal Court after his sentencing in ongoing corruption charges, December 11, 2012. (Craig Warga / NY Daily News) © Craig Warga Disgraced politician Hiram Monserrate leaves Manhattan Federal Court after his sentencing in ongoing corruption charges, December 11, 2012. (Craig Warga / NY Daily News)

Officers recently interviewed East Elmhurst resident Natalia Guzman and her mother after Monserrate staffers allegedly knocked on their door, got the mother to complete a mail-in ballot request, then insisted they “help” the mom complete her vote.

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“I was alarmed by that,” Guzman told The News. “Nobody affiliated with a political campaign should be present while somebody is voting. I was disturbed.”

The interactions started over two weeks ago, Guzman said, when her mother was contacted at her home and asked to fill out a mail-in ballot request. She refused, but a woman came back days later and this time, Guzman opened the door.

After being questioned, the staffer said she was with Monserrate’s campaign and explained she was helping people complete mail-in ballot requests. The form had been printed out with the mother’s information, she signed it and the staffer took it away, according to Guzman.

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Hiram Monserrate (Democratic Party) is running for election to the New York State Assembly to represent District 35. He is on the ballot in the Democratic primary on June 23, 2020. Monserrate (Democratic Party) was a member of the New York State Senate, representing District 13.

On a third visit, the Monserrate rep allegedly came with the actual ballot, which came as a surprise to Guzman and her mother, who had not given permission for the form to be mailed anywhere other than their home address.

The staffer insistently asked to explain how to vote to Guzman’s mother, but the daughter refused, she said.

“The [staffer] was insisting she would help — she actually used that word in Spanish … She wanted to talk to my mom,” Guzman recalled. “Her intention was to be with her while she filled it out and then take it back when she went with her to her campaign office.”

Guzman and her mom stood their ground, and the staffer eventually handed over the ballot, the daughter said.

Detectives from the Queens DA office interviewed Guzman and her mom last week, Guzman said. It was not immediately clear what charges might be involved in the incident.

A DA spokesperson declined to comment for this story.

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Monserrate’s campaign did not immediately return an emailed request for comment.

In two other cases The News learned of, Monserrate campaign staffers contacted other East Elmhurst residents and asked them to fill out mail-in ballot requests. Both of those individuals refused.

“I didn’t know if it was legal,” said Shanel Thomas, whose husband is running for Assembly district leader against a candidate backed by Monserrate.

She said parts of the form had already been filled out.

“Someone handling my ballot other than the board of elections make me weary,” Thomas added.

She said she was also interviewed by detectives with the Queens DA.

A third East Elmhurst resident said he got into a lengthy back-and-forth with a Monserrate staffer over whether he could request a mail-in ballot at a Board of Elections site, a claim the staffer wrongly disputed.

“It’s deceitful and underhanded,” said the resident, who requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation from Monserrate. “From what I understand, they were trying to get the ballot to be mailed to them and they’re telling you we are bringing the ballot back.”

Monserrate has been trying to revive his political career in the wake of arrests and convictions for assault and corruption.

In 2009, he was found guilty of misdemeanor assault in an incident with his then-girlfriend.

After being expelled from the state Senate, he pleaded guilty to federal charges related to misappropriating about $100,000 in funds earmarked for a local nonprofit. He was sent to prison for two years and ordered to repay the funds.

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