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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK HIRAM MONSERRATE,
et al.
,
 Plaintiff,
  – against – THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE,
et al 
.,
 Defendants. __________________________________________ 
 Index No. 10-CV-1106 (WHP)
DEFENDANTS' MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN OPPOSITION TOPLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION
Of Counsel 
:Henry M. Greenberg, Counsel tothe Attorney GeneralDouglas J. Goglia, Assistant Attorney GeneralTelephone: (518) 474-6800Facsimile: (518) 473-1572ANDREW M. CUOMOAttorney General of the Stateof New York Attorney for DefendantsThe CapitolAlbany, New York 12224-0341February 16, 2010
 
 
Table of Contents
Senate District........11PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION STANDARD............................................................................11ARGUMENT................................................................................................................................14I. Plaintiffs Are Not Entitled To Injunctive Relief Because They Are Not Likely ToSucceed on the Merits.......................................................................................................14A. Plaintiffs' Federal Constitutional Claims Lack Merit...............................................141. Plaintiffs’ Claims Of Voter Disenfranchisement Are Meritless.......................142. Plaintiffs’ Equal Protection Claim Is Without Basis In Law............................15B. Plaintiffs' Due Process Claims are Baseless.............................................................161. Monserrate Received All Of The Process That Was Due To Him...................182. Monserrate Has Not Pleaded, and Cannot Prove, a Cognizable "Stigma-Plus" Due Process Claim..................................................................................213. Legislative Law § 3 Is Not Unconstitutionally Vague......................................24C. Plaintiffs' First Amendment Claims are Equally Unavailing....................................271. Plaintiffs' "Overbreadth" Claim is Unavailing..................................................282. Plaintiffs' Free Speech Claims Are Legally Deficient......................................29D. The Court Should Refrain From Encroaching In Important Matters of Stateand Legislative Law................................................................................................34i

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