|Address||24-12 89 St |
East Elmhurst, New York , United States
|| July 12, 1967
Apr 30, 2020 11:27pm
Hispanic - Marine Corps - Convicted - Expelled - Removed From Office - ACLU - Christian -
|Info||As a Marine during the Persian Gulf Crisis, a police officer for twelve years, a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and a member of the New York City Council, Council Member Hiram Monserrate has fought to empower and protect New Yorkers. |
In 2001, he became the first Latino elected to public office in Queens, winning a seat representing the 21st Council District. In 2003, he won his re-election with 75 percent of the vote.
In the Council, Monserrate serves as Co-Chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus and Chair of the Veterans Committee. His efforts have ensured passage of living wage legislation to improve the lives of thousands of hard-working residents and families.
As a civil rights advocate and former police officer, Monserrate led the successful fight to secure immigrants' rights and protect residents' confidentiality by working with the mayor to create a comprehensive "dont ask, dont tell" policy. The new policy mirrored proposals he put forth in his "Access Without Fear" bill to protect the city's safety by ensuring that all residents - including immigrants - have access to necessary city services.
Monserrate was raised and educated in Queens. As a graduate of Jamaica High School and Queensborough College, he went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in political science from Queens College. After graduating, he was a member of the Building Service Union, Local 32B-J. In 1984, Monserrate enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and served on active duty during the Persian Gulf Crisis, winning the National Defense Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. In 1988, he began his distinguished career as a police officer. He was a founding member of the Latino Officers Association and served as the first police officer elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union.