State Sen. Luis Sepúlveda was stripped of his chairmanship of the chamber’s Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee today, after reports emerged that he choked his wife in their West Farms home last week.
Sepúlveda, 56, awaits arraignment after turning himself in at the 48th Precinct on Bathgate Avenue in Tremont, according to the NYPD.
Sepúlveda was elected in 2018 and is now running for borough president. His district includes Hunts Point, Soundview, Morrisania and Parkchester. His office did not respond to requests for comment for this story.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that Sepúlveda will no longer chair the committee, adding on Twitter, “I take these allegations extremely seriously and will be monitoring this situation closely.”
One of Sepúlveda’s opponents in next year’s race for borough president, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, called for him to resign from the senate, and demanded he drop out of the BP race. Sepúlveda’s wife took out a restraining order against him in 2015.
“Gender-based violence exacts a terrible physical, psychological, and generational toll on so many vulnerable people — we do not need leadership that employs this behavior,” Fernandez said in a statement. “We need leadership that empowers women. I am calling for the Senator to drop out of the race for Bronx Borough President and submit his resignation from the Senate immediately.”
As Chair of the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, Sepúlveda has pushed for reforms to the state’s criminal justice system, including ending cash bail, early discovery, and speedy trial. He has also been involved in crafting legislation to support rehabilitation and reentry, and to implement civilian oversight of the state correctional system.