The state's highest court on Tuesday signaled it would not hear an appeal by former Sen. Hiram Monserrate to gain a spot on the Democratic primary ballot for a Queens New York City Council seat in June.
The decision by the state Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that denied Monserrate's campaign access to the ballot following a legal challenge filed last month.
Monserrate was ejected from the state Senate in 2010 by his fellow lawmakers after a misdemeanor assault conviction. Later that year, Monserrate would be indicted on federal corruption charges that alleged he used staff members at a non-profit entity to aid his bid for the state Senate in 2006.
Since then, Monserrate had sought a variety of elected positions, including seats in the state Assembly and on the New York City Council.
Monserrate's latest campaign for the New York City Council this year was thrown into doubt after city lawmkers approved a law blocking former lawmakers from running for local office if they had been convicted of corruption charges.
Last month, a lower state court upheld the New York City law.
"Mr. Monserrate clearly and undisputedly falls into the category of one who is ineligible to be elected to City Office under the New York City Charter," the court found.