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UFT backs Moya in City Council race

Francisco Moya

Francisco Moya

The UFT has endorsed New York State Assemblyman Francisco Moya in the Democratic Primary on Sept. 12 for the New York City Council’s 21st District in Corona and Elmhurst, Queens.

Moya, a lifelong resident of the borough, currently represents much of the district in the Assembly, where he’s advocated for increased funding for New York’s public schools and less reliance on high-stakes testing.

The seat is held by Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, the Finance Committee chair who has decided not to seek re-
election. Ferreras-Copeland endorsed Moya in August, citing her desire to see her accomplishments in the Council preserved.

In the 2017 city elections, the following offices are on the ballot: mayor, city comptroller, public advocate, the five borough presidents, all City Council seats and two district attorneys (Manhattan and Brooklyn).

Moya’s opponent in the primary is Hiram Monserrate — a former state senator who was expelled by his Senate colleagues after his girlfriend accused him of slashing her in the face with a broken drinking glass and a video emerged of him violently dragging her down a hallway. Monserrate was eventually convicted of assault and served two years in prison in a separate mail fraud case.

Monserrate has made repeated attempts to return to elected office since his expulsion, running for his old State Senate seat in 2010, a State Assembly seat later that year and a district leader position in 2016. Voters rejected him every time.

 “Hasn’t New York been embarrassed enough by corrupt and criminal elected officials?” asked UFT Political Director Paul Egan. “Francisco Moya is the clear choice in this race.”

The UFT could play a pivotal role in this race as voter turnout in the primaries is expected to be low — less than 20 percent of the eligible electorate, Egan predicts — and the union has a high density of members in the district.

 “Francisco Moya believes in public education,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said in a statement announcing the endorsement. “Now more than ever we need leadership willing to stand up to those who threaten our public schools.”

UFT endorsements for City Council
Borough   District   Candidate Borough   District   Candidate
Manhattan   1 Margaret Chin Queens   27 I. Daneek Miller
Manhattan   2 Carlina Rivera Queens   28 Adrienne Adams
Manhattan   3 Corey Johnson Queens   29 Karen Koslowitz
Manhattan   4 Marti Speranza Queens   30 Elizabeth Crowley
Manhattan   5 Ben Kallos Queens   31 Donovan Richards
Manhattan   6 Helen Rosenthal Queens   32 Eric Ulrich
Manhattan   7 Mark Levine Brooklyn   33 Stephen Levin
Manhattan   9 Bill Perkins Brooklyn   34 Tommy Torres
Manhattan   10 Ydanis Rodrigeuz Brooklyn   35 Laurie Cumbo
Bronx   11 Andrew Cohen Brooklyn   36 Robert Cornegy
Bronx   12 Andy King Brooklyn   37 Rafael Espinal
Bronx   13 Mark Gjonaj Brooklyn   38 Felix Ortiz
Bronx   14 Fernando Cabrera Brooklyn   39 Brad Lander
Bronx   15 Ritchie Torres Brooklyn   40 Mathieu Eugene
Bronx   16 Vanessa Gibson Brooklyn   41 Alika Ampre-Samuel
Bronx   17 Rafael Salamanca Brooklyn   42 Inez Barron
Queens   19 Paul Vallone Brooklyn   43 Justin Brannan
Queens   20 Peter Koo Brooklyn   44 Kalman Yeger
Queens   21 Francisco Moya Brooklyn   45 Jumaane Williams
Queens   22 Costa Constantinides Brooklyn   46 Alan Maisel
Queens   23 Barry Grodenchik Brooklyn   47 Mark Treyger
Queens   24 Rory Lancman Brooklyn   48 Kalman Yeger
Queens   25 Daniel Dromm Staten Island   49 Debi Rose
Queens   26 James Van Bramer Staten Island   50 Steven Matteo
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