04/10/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hiram Monserrate Expulsion May Be Put To A Vote

A group of Senate Democrats, concerned about efforts within their party to block the removal of a senator convicted of domestic violence, say they will attempt to force a vote to expel him this week even if they cannot win the support of State Senate leaders.

The senators are trying to head off an effort by other Democrats who are pushing for a vote to censure, but not expel, Hiram Monserrate, the Queens Democrat who was found guilty last fall of assaulting his companion.