Furlong joins Moya in bid for Ferreras-Copeland’s Council seat

Cristina Furlong (l), with Make Queens Safer co-founder Dr. Laura Newman, will run for Julissa Ferreras-Copeland’s City Counci seat after decided against running for a third term.
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One of the borough’s foremost street safety advocates decided over the weekend to join state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and former state Sen. Hiram Monserate for the seat held by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst), who won’t seek re-election for a third term.

Jackson Heights resident Cristina Furlong, the co-founder of Make Queens Safer, will file the paperwork and start on petitions this week for the Democratic primary,

“After the presidential election in November showed how quickly a change of leadership could change our quality of life in the neighborhoods of the 21st District, suddenly everyone had to identify a certain way and the world suddenly got a lot angrier,” Furlong said. “District 21 is unique, even to New York City. We need smart growth of our small economies and honest and independent oversight of the major projects like Willets Point, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and LaGuardia Airport.”

Ferreras-Copeland told Politico in an article published Friday that she has chosen her family over a third term. Her husband Aaron Copeland is an aerospace engineer living in Maryland, forcing Ferreras-Copeland and her 3-year-old son to split time between the two states.

“I was floored to hear that the City Council would be down to only seven women out of 51 seats,” Furlong said. “I truly love every inch of Queens and want to continue a legacy of strong leadership like Julissa and Helen Marshall brought to the district with a similar combination of concern and competency.”

Furlong and fellow Jackson Heights resident Dr. Laura Newman formed Make Queens Safer in 2013 after three children were killed in the neighborhood by reckless drivers in less than 10 months. The organization works with schools and community groups to provide more street safety education while pushing for street redesigns to protect pedestrians an cyclists.

Furlong is well aware of the other pressing issues in the district.

“As a mother and parent on a working-class income, I want to be able to support families in similar circumstan­ces,” she said. “I have a child in his zoned public school and that has shed a whole new light on broad issues from immigration, school segregation, overcrowding and zoning, Though I’ve worked hard, I have to be in the City Council to truly make the changes that future generations are entitled to.”

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

Posted 12:34 pm, June 5, 2017
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Fat chance from Queens says:
Furlong has fat chance of winning. The clear winner will be Hiram cause men loves his attitude. Women beater always win. Look at Trump.
June 5, 2017, 1:46 pm
Tom from Corona says:
Cristina is a strong, fierce advocate who has no problem telling electeds how it is and demanding transparency/accountability. Moya has his assembly seat and Monserat had his chance and robbed the very district he's trying to rerun for with a nice record of domestic violence.

The choice is clear here, now lets see some debates and positions on issues and support a woman and organizer to the Council.
June 6, 2017, 9:09 am
Max from Raised in Rego Park says:
Ms. Furlong has a strong record of standing up for families in Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Corona. The leadership and perspective she could bring to the City Council and City Hall would be an asset for not only Central Queens, but for all the five boroughs.

I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Furlong and having the 21st District represented by a strong and morally sound woman!
June 6, 2017, 10:06 am
Nelson from Jacxkson Heights says:
This job should go to a Latino !
June 6, 2017, 2:19 pm
Maribel Rodriguez from Jackson Heights says:
This woman is incredible to say the least. She is an inspiration for not only Queens; but for NY. She does not need to be Latino-she speaks Spanish and she is a person that does have inclusivity. She has always fight for the right of people; not for Latinos or other races/groups.
June 6, 2017, 6:52 pm
Laura from Jackson Heights says:
Cris never ceases to amaze me. Sure, I got to know her originally through pedestrian safety advocacy, but I also got to watch her working it for school funding, class size, education, as well as for neighborhood health and engagement through community greening and gardening. Cris brings people together through her enthusiasm on her projects. Also she is the most persistent worker I have ever seen. No shortage of elbow grease, and no work is either above her or beneath her. She does it all until the goal has been met.
June 8, 2017, 9:36 pm

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