This bizarre bromance could lastly be over.
After years of palling round with the disgraced Hiram Monserrate — a one-time state senator notorious for slashing a girlfriend within the brow with a consuming glass — mayoral hopeful Eric Adams has publicly damaged political ties with the ex-con after questioning from The Post.
Monserrate, who was ousted from the Legislature after the weird 2010 home incident and landed in jail in 2012 after pleading responsible to misappropriating public funds throughout his City Council stint, has repeatedly tried and didn’t get again into elected office. He’s presently difficult Queens Councilman Francisco Moya for the second time.
Adams, the Brooklyn Borough President, who presently trails properly behind Gracie Mansion frontrunner Andrew Yang within the polls, introduced to The Post Friday that he’s backing Moya within the race.
“I believe strongly in the principle of restorative justice and criminal justice reform that prioritizes rehabilitation to prevent further crimes. As a man who lived with domestic violence as a child, I also strongly condemn Mr. Monserrate’s past behavior and believe that it should have consequences,” Adams mentioned in an announcement.
“I do not believe Mr. Monserrate should hold public office, and I am supporting his opponent,” he added. “I encourage Mr. Monserrate to continue his rehabilitation.”
But behind the scenes, those that know Adams and Monserrate say the pair are nonetheless chummy — and that nothing has modified.
“They have always been thick as thieves,” mentioned one legislator with information of the connection.
Adams, 60, and Monserrate, 53, served within the state Senate collectively till Monserrate’s expulsion.
Adams leapt to his pal’s protection in a statement quickly after cops slapped the cuffs on Monserrate after the 2008 slashing, claiming the officers have been responsible of misconduct.
During Monserrate’s 2009 trial on assault prices, Adams sat among the many spectators in courtroom. And when the Senate held a vote to expel the pol, Adams was one among simply eight who voted in opposition to the measure.
He was there with his previous pal in Dec. 2016 when Monserrate married Michelle Morillo, based on local media reports. The occasion at World Marina in Flushing Bay befell simply months after Monserrate received out of federal jail.
In July 2018, Adams attended a celebration for Monserrate on the Jackson Heights restaurant Pio Pio. A smiling Adams posed for photos with the birthday boy and even made some remarks in entrance of Monserrate marketing campaign indicators.
In 2019, Monserrate and Adams have been collectively at Ecua Fest, a yearly Ecuadorian music and tradition celebration in Queens. Photos present Monserrate presenting Adams with a sash recognizing him because the “Padrino De Honor” or “Godfather” of the occasion.
“Eric Adams’ refusal to hold an elected official accountable for intimate partner violence that left a woman’s face scarred will always be a mark against him,” mentioned Sonia Ossorio, who runs the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women.
“If you judge a person’s character on the company he keeps, Adams’ enduring connection with a self-dealing former elected [official] who was convicted of assault is a red flag for voters.”
Monserrate filed paperwork in January to problem City Councilman Moya, and should overcome a just lately handed invoice that might bar any politician convicted of crimes whereas in office from in search of election for a metropolis submit.
Moya’s spokesman claimed Adams endorsed the incumbent in a Feb. 15 zoom name.
Monserrate appears to be taking it in stride.
“They’re friends,” Mike Nieves a spokesman for Monserrate confirmed to The Post. “We have spoken to Eric Adams. And he is not endorsing Hiram.”