Sosa on His Campaign for the 39th Assembly District

Yonel Letellier Sosa (Photo by Mark Hallum via Times Ledger)

In the race for the New York State Assembly 39th district in the forthcoming primary, Yonel Letellier Sosa hasn’t drawn as much attention as incumbent Ari Espinal – voted in during a special election in April – and attorney Catalina Cruz. Times Ledger’s Mark Hallum spoke with Dominican-born Sosa, who founded the Association of Latin American Leaders and worked for state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) as chief-of-staff when Peralta served in the state Assembly.

Sosa told Times Ledger that the issues concerning the Latino communities of Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst are different from elsewhere in Queens.

“In our community, our issues are not taxes or property. Our issues are about welfare and single mothers and schools,” Sosa said. “We have some of the most overcrowded schools in the nation where our kids are learning in classrooms with 35, 40 kids… There have been studies that when a class has lot of kids, you know what happens? The kids don’t get a quality education.”

Housing laws are “skewed” against residents in western Queens, according to Sosa, with landlords cashing in on vacancy decontrol and Major Capital Improvements, in which property owners can obtains permission from the state to up the rent on any building in order to cover costs of maintaining the building.

Go to Times Ledger to read what Sosa says sets him apart from Cruz and Espinal.

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