Moya refutes Monserrate’s claim he lives outside district

Former City Councilman Hiram Monserrate accuses opponent Assemblyman Francisco Moya of living outside of District 21. The two will face each other in a primary next month to replace out-going City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland.
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The battle between two Democratic candidates heading to the Sept. 12 primary to fill the District 21 seat that will be vacated by the retiring City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) has moved from jabs to fierce body blows.

Former City Councilman Hiram Monserrate, who is running for his old job after convictions for assault and corruption, accused his opponent, state Assemblyman Francisco Moya, of avoiding open debate because he is allegedly living outside the district in a Long Island City penthouse. District 21 covers Corona, East Elmhurst and part of Jackson Heights. Monserrate made the charges Wednesday outside a luxury apartment building at 26-26 Jackson Ave., where Moya owns a penthouse unit.

“Moya has a history of ducking debates. He has done so in the past and he’s doing it again in this race,” Monserrate said. “Why is Moya hiding? Because he’s been lying to the community for years. Moya has engaged in outward fraud. The voters deserved better than this. If he can’t be honest on where he lives, what else can Moya be lying about.”

Monserrate did not offer any concrete proof that Moya is living at 26-26 Jackson Ave. other than saying, “people have seen him here.” He filed a formal complaint against Moya at the City Campaign Finance Board and the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

His campaign handed out photocopies of a JCOPE response stating a review is currently underway.

Moya’s campaign responded with a series of gut punches calling the charge “the disgraced lawmaker’s latest hyperbolic, false claims.” The accusation comes on the heels of the Monserrate camp’s failure to secure publicly funded matching campaign funds, something that Moya’s campaign secured. A spokesman said the apartment was purchased by Moya when he was in the private sector in 2009 and in 2010 his bank issued new mortgage terms permitting the use of the property as a rental.

In April 2010, Moya signed a contract and became co-owner with his father of a Corona home on 46th Avenue. Available records from the city Department of Finance and Buildings as well as Moya’s voting record and well-documented public service easily refute the claim, according to the Moya campaign.

“Nothing he says about me or about my record in the Assembly bears any resemblance to the truth,” Moya said. “These are just the sad ramblings of a deeply disturbed man with a well-documented history of violence, theft and public corruption.”

Meanwhile, Ferreras-Copeland endorsed Moya Wednesday, declaring him the best-suited to continue her progressive legacy in the City Council. Ferreras-Copeland stunned observers when she decided not to seek re-election so she could move to Maryland, where her husband works, and spend more time with her family.

“One of the hardest things about leaving the City Council is making sure our hard-fought accomplishments are not diminished,” she said. “At a time when Queens families need affordable housing, wage and job protections, and meaningful criminal reform, we need our next Council member to be ready to pick up the fight. That is why I am endorsing Francisco Moya, who has spent his life improving our community and passing progressive legislation in Albany. I know that as our next Council member, Francisco Moya is committed to continue the fight on behalf of seniors and working families in the 21st District, and carry on with my work in the Council.”

When asked about the endorsement, Monserrate was brief, before ending his press conference.

“That doesn’t surprise me. The political class is working tirelessly, but Julissa Ferreras from what I understand shares in her desire to live in other places, too, and I wish her well in Maryland,” he said.

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

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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democrat snake pit from NY says:
Monserrate= Convicted Felon, Violence Against Defenseless Women, Suspected Pe d op hile & Child Trafficker.
Aug. 25, 2017, 5:38 am
Stevn from Jackson Heights says:
Monserrate is bad enough without the baseless accusations. He's assaulted a woman and has stolen from the taxpayers. He's an awful human being who should not represent anyone except himself in court. If this man is elected, it will be an embarrassment.
Aug. 25, 2017, 9:35 am
Copycat from Corona Heights says:
Great post about this lowlife from another commenter but I never heard the stuff about him being:

democrat snake pit from NY says:
Monserrate= Convicted Felon, Violence Against Defenseless Women, Suspected Pe d op hile & Child Trafficker.
Report abuseToday, 5:38 am

I would love to hear more. Was he involved in some kind of escort business on Backpage or Craigslist where he was in charge, or a business that exploited women for money? Child trafficking is profitable and demonic. If you know something, say something. Below is also sickening stuff about this embarrassing fool

“Who would ever believe that a 43-year-old man would live with mommy and daddy and not in the penthouse suite that he purchased in Long Island City? is the quote from the Papaya salesman that slashes women.... the $64,000 question from the razor sharp glutton. According to this lunatic that should be a disqualifier for office, and so should fraud ???
But the NY Daily news tells another story of about a grown man living with his Mommy and Daddy, a liar, that was convicted of fraud. Only it wasnt Moya, it was Monserrate.
******** Disgraced ex-State Sen. Hiram Monserrate is struggling to pay his court-ordered restitution — and he doesn’t visit his elderly parents despite claiming to live with them, new filings and his father revealed. But between March and May 30, Monserrate only made one payment, prompting the U.S. Department of Probation to notify Manhattan Federal Court Judge Colleen McMahon on Tuesday of the “noncompliance,” which was subsequently rectified. He says in court papers that he’s now caught up.
Filings noted Monserrate, 47, lives with his 80-year-old mother, Hilda, and 79-year-old father, Manuel, in Bellerose, Queens. But his father said he rarely even visits.
“My son does not live here,” the elder Monserrate said. "When you find him tell him his father is good.” ************
So this pathological liar and lunatic raves that the very things he has filed in court papers in federal court about his living arrangements, in the case he was convicted of federal fraud charges, and was imprisoned for, should disqualify Moya but not him ??? LOL, he is dangerously unstable.
Please "journalists" and "reporters", do your jobs properly. Give the public the context of a raving lunatic and criminal convict thief (public fact) calling out others over unproven allegations from a nutjob and insults about a man that might live with his parents for real.
It would seem the Creedmor Candidate from Bellrose should include his name on the complaint he is filing against Moya for not living in the district. Less then two years ago the pathological liar filed fraudulent documents in the federal court claiming he lives in Bellrose yet he also claims he lives in Jackson Heights. He had a reason to lie, dont know what it is but it probably has to do with hiding property and money from the court, creditors, ex wives, etc... Moya should ask him face to face to explain HIS story to the voters. Moya needs to hold a press conference at the same spot and demand answers.
Aug. 25, 2017, 12:22 pm
Memmie from Queens ny says:
The saddest thing is his poor old 79 year old dad saying if you see him tell him im good. WOW !! That shows what a horrible son and rotten person he is to his elderly parents. Who does that???? I mean if you cant visit your elderly parents and dont care about them at all, why do you care so much about us strangers? Can you answer me that? Does anyone believe that a son who abandons his sick elderly parents and dosnt visit them or care to see if they are ok, lonely, sick, hungry really cares about some old person around here? I dont think so. That poor old man as a father was really hurt and angry, you can just feel how much pain he suffers with. Go take care of your parents Mr Hiram, they need you, we dont.
Aug. 25, 2017, 2:08 pm
La Roosie from East Elmhurst says:
"involved with a business that exploited underage girls." Something said at an event at NVDC. The conduct you speak of is grimey and destroys underage girls for life, its the real real bad stuff. The experts believe records exist that could actually prove it.
Aug. 25, 2017, 4:52 pm
Joe from Queens says:
Monserrate is a disgrace and should never hold public office again. It is tragic that he still has a following in the area. What does that say about those voters....
Aug. 25, 2017, 7:04 pm
Nestor from Jaxn Hyts says:
Moya needs to grow up for sure and start acting like a man. That weird millenial/hipster confused identity thing hes got going on is sad for a 40 year old Latino man. He is running against Adolf Hitler and might lose so that tells you how bad he is running his campaign.
Nonseratte is one of the worst dudes I have ever known. He will end up back in prison if hes not careful. He would sell his own mother for a nickel. Worse are the questions about him being a pimp and if that will get out to the public.
Aug. 26, 2017, 9:29 am
Reggie from Queens says:
Monserrate is playing the race card. He is just focused on Lefrak and not even campaigning anywhere else. He is just playing on the claim that blacks are dumb and will do as they are told to vote for him. He views blacks as cattle or zoo animals. They are for his amusement and to make money off of. Thats it. He is a a modern day slave master.
Sept. 10, 2017, 9:16 am

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