Race against Hiram Monserrate continues to polarize communities and Elected Officials

Queens, NY - Signaling the importance of the race for the open Assembly seat in the 39th district, two prominent Latina City Council Members announced their support for the campaign of community activist Francisco Moya today.   The endorsements of Mr. Moya by Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Annabel Palma were both a pledge of support for Francisco Moya and a repudiation of the campaign of disgraced politician Hiram Monserrate.

Manhattan City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito said, “For me this Assembly race is more than just another campaign in another part of the city because the stakes are just too high.  At every turn in my career I have fought hard against domestic violence.  I encourage all women to join me in supporting Francisco Moya because he is the most qualified candidate to represent the 39th Assembly district and will do so with the utmost integrity. Hiram Monserrate’s abusive behavior and conviction cannot be ignored nor can they be overlooked and as such have disqualified him from being a serious candidate for such an important position.  We need to send a unified message that violent behavior toward women will never be condoned.”

Bronx City Council Member Annabel Palma said, “Francisco Moya is a strong advocate for his community and will make a real difference in Albany.  He has my support and the support of many women across this city. In joining together we can send a strong message to Hiram Monserrate that convicted abusers have no place in our government.  We know that Francisco Moya will serve as an accountable representative that genuinely represent the needs of the community”

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who endorsed Mr. Moya last month, said of Monserrate entering the race, “As a public servant and advocate for peace, dignity and human rights, I personally denounce all types of abuse and violence, particularly against women. Violence against one woman is violence against all of us.  The community of Queens needs representation that values and respects women, regardless of their opinion or station in life.  Anyone who violates that spirit - of trust, public safety, respect towards women and their brethren simply is unfit to represent the good people of Queens.

Francisco Moya expressed his gratitude for the endorsements:  “ I am greatly honored to accept these endorsements by two of the most prominent Latina Elected Officials in our city.  Their collective leadership on issues that effect immigrant communities and the women of this city is a shining example of the kind of Elected Official I will be when I get to  the State Assembly.  Council Women Mark-Viverito and Palma both understand our need for new, honest leadership in Albany and I look forward to working with both of them on the issues that effect our communities”.

Francisco Moya’s assembly campaign has already won the unified support of leaders in Queens, including Congressman and Queens Democratic Leader Joseph Crowley, State Senator José Peralta, Assemblymember Michael DenDekker , City Council Members Julissa Ferreras and Daniel Dromm, and one-time rival for the open assembly seat Brian Pu-Folkes.   Citywide leaders including New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer have also endorsed Francisco.

Francisco Moya’s campaign also has the backing of the Queens County Democratic Party, the Hotel Trades Council (HTC), the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), SEIU Local 32BJ and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

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