Seven City Council Speaker candidates endorse Moya in race against Monserrate

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Seven members of the New York City Council who are running for Council Speaker, including Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Donovan Richards (D- Laurelton), have endorsed Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) in his race against Hiram Monserrate, the former City Councilman who is running to reclaim his old seat after convictions for assault and corruption.

Moya and Monserrate are vying for the District 21 seat that City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland will vacate after she decided against running for re-election in June to spend more time with her family.

“Assemblyman Moya is, without a doubt, the best candidate to serve the community,” the Council members said in a joint statement. “His track record speaks for itself, and he has demonstrated his fierce commitment to progressive values. From championing the DREAM Act to fighting for the $15 minimum wage to supporting affordable housing, Assemblyman Moya is truly dedicated to bettering the lives of the families that call this city home.”

Moya called it an honor to receive the support of so many leading progressives in the Council. In addition to Queens members Van Bramer and Donovan, Robert Cornegy, Cory Johnson, Mark Levine, Ydanis Rodriguez and Ritchie Torres all signed off on the endorsement.

“Their letter demonstrates the unity of our party when it comes to rejecting hatred, violence and corruption, including when it rises from within our own ranks,” Moya said. “Hiram Monserrate does not represent the values of our party, nor the progressive, transparent government that New York exemplifies in the era of Trump. I share these members’ belief in the voters of this district to reject my opponent in the September primary.”

The seven candidates for Council Speaker eviscerated Monserrate in their endorsement statement.

“Moreover, the candidacy of Hiram Monserrate is repugnant and he has no place in elective office,” they wrote. “His history of corruption and violence, for which he has never fully accepted responsibility, is a disgrace and disqualifier for public office. In this political climate, the Democratic Party is rightfully critical of Republicans who fail to condemn their own deceitful and bigoted politicians. We must hold that same standard to members of our own party, and oppose Monserrate’s history of misogyny and theft of community resources. We know that the voters of the 21st District will loudly reject Hiram Monserrate, but we wanted to add our voices to those that stand against this bully by pledging today to not seek or accept Monserrate’s support for Council speaker.”

Monserrate fired back at the group.

“It doesn’t surprise me that Council members, none of which can vote in my district, are kissing the tuchus of Tammany Hall aka the Queens County Machine, and are supporting Moya, the puppet of the machine,” Monserrate said. “Perhaps they all, along with the mayor, can hold Moya’s little hands and walk him into a debate against me so that the community can hear us discuss the issues that impact the 21st Council District.”

Last week, Monserrate accused Moya of avoiding open debate to hide that he is living outside the district in a Long Island City penthouse apartment. Moya refuted the charge, saying he bought the unit when he was in the private sector, rents it to a tenant and lives in a Corona home he owns with his parents.

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

Posted 12:00 am, August 31, 2017
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Clarkson from Queens says:
Monserrate is a gross liar. He has always been trying to extort and exploit the African American residents of the community, particularly the elderly, in order to enrich himself. Through his corrupt nature and conduct he has managed to attain the endorsement of Bertha Lewis, one of questionable motives to say the least when it comes to dealing for monies in exchange for a nod. But she will not ever be able to deliver the vote needed to elect him. He is generally disrespected by most in the African American community even if most keep it to themself.
Aug. 31, 2017, 9:18 am
Santos from Corona says:
Monserrate really is a bully and a thug. He continues to make fun of Francisco and his hands, size, and height. He calls him a little boy etc. I have read constant examples of him insulting Francisco personally based in physical appearance. It shows the hatred he has inside of him. It shows what a hypocrite he is in using slurs, stereotyping and body shaming another person when it benefits him or he dicides its ok to do. But if you do it to him it will ignite him. So in his world he gets a pass on misogyny, beating women, insulting people based on their physical appearance, appropriating the Yiddish language while uttering a defamatory remark about queens politicians and thats all ok. Just dont do it to him. I think we are safe to say he didn't get mental treatment while in prison and he clearly needs it. He's unstable and the potential to explode again is real just give it time. Losing to Francisco may put him over the edge again because it's lights out in politics for him after this loss. He won't take it well because he cant get a job.
Aug. 31, 2017, 9:51 am
lauren s from college point says:
Why is a mentally ill crazy man that beats women and steals money from us allowed to even run?? Should'nt it be against the law for a insane person to try to get elected? What medicins is he taking?
Aug. 31, 2017, 12:24 pm
Amato from JH says:
Wow!!! not one politico from Queens wants anything to do with this bozo. He is no doubt the most hated man in Queens politics. They would block him at every turn and his constituents would get nothing back for the community. The community would suffer as a whole for making the mistake of sending this pariah to work with a group of people that hate his guts and that would insure that he failed by not working with this cancerous pariah.
Aug. 31, 2017, 2:02 pm
F Bastone from Corona says:
When you read the words of journalists, the quotes like those above from elected officials, and comments from readers, there is a commonality woven in among them all.

Disgraced, violent, misogynist, unhinged, theft, fraud, corrupt, unstable, abusive, delusional, disconnected, convicted felon, bully, thug, hated.. these are all of the words that are repeated over and over and over again when people speak of Monserraste. Every place you look in print or spoken, that's what people say about him.

The issue is not about Monserrate winning, he knows he will lose and so does everyone else. Moya needs just one teeny weeny vote more than Monserrate, and he will get it for sure. Its about the questions raised by many people about how a clearly mentally ill and disturbed person with a long history of violence and corruption can be considered for a position in a public service capacity when they may be dangerous.

Perhaps it is time for mandatory psychological screening of candidates for public office when there is evidence that the person has a history of antisocial and criminal behavior. I am not talking about a Pandoras Box approach that would allow for abuse. I mean a process that would allow a non-partisan commission or oversight board to take action and require a candidate to be screened by medical professionals in cases where they have a known history of mental illness, violence, and emotional issues.

The voters may not be able to fully quantify the extent of such illness and therefore they may be hoodwinked by such a sociopath. Those qualified observers would then be empowered to intervene where their expertise in identifying these dangerous individuals raised flags with them. If there was ever a case for such a safeguard to be implemented it is the case of Monserrate.
Aug. 31, 2017, 9:02 pm
F Bastone from Corona says:
In fact, Moya should be demanding Monserrate release his medical and psychological records to the public based on the questions surrounding his assault and stabbing of his ex-girlfriend, if he successfully attended counseling, and also what was the effect of his time spent in prison on his mental state. Most convicted felons have serious emotional, psychological, and social adjustment issues upon reentering society. It usually requires intensive and long term therapy. Did Monserrate get it? Fair questions to demand answers to...
Aug. 31, 2017, 9:11 pm

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