High Emotions in Queens as Moya Defeats Monserrate

Sadness overcame Monserrate’s followers at his campaign headquarters, located on Astoria Boulevard. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Backed by the Democratic political machine, Assemblymember Francisco Moya defeated Hiram Monserrate once again, seizing the council seat for New York’s District 21.

A total of 6,262 voters cast their ballots, 3,480 of them for Moya (56 percent) and 2,782 for Monserrate (44 percent).

At Moya’s headquarters, the steel shutter was closed at 8:52 p.m. to go celebrate the candidate’s victory on 104th Street in Corona.

“Voters saw my work in the community and Monserrate’s dirty campaign, and that is why they voted for me,” said Assemblymember Moya at the party held to celebrate his triumph. “I have been the voice protecting immigrants and workers in Albany, and now I will be working in the City Council alongside Mayor de Blasio.”

Monserrate walked by quickly among his supporters and disappeared in the darkness of night, avoiding the press.

Some 50 volunteers at his campaign headquarters received the news with a chill. “I can’t believe it. They cheated,” said Monserrate’s followers.

Yonel Letellier, a veteran of the Democratic Party who supported Monserrate, said that “Moya should have won in East Elmhurst and Lefrak City, not in Corona, although we would have to take a closer look at the election results.”

The enthusiasm of Monserrate’s followers was not enough to snatch the council seat for District 21 out of the hands of the Democratic Party machine. “The truth is that Monserrate’s campaign did not work well and they did not take enough care of the voting centers,” said people who followed the candidate’s campaign closely.

Francisco Moya is the only (…) candidate running for the council seat representing District 21 in the upcoming Nov. 7 election, and the virtual winner. He will leave the New York State Assembly for the City Council.

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For his part, Eric González won the nomination to become Brooklyn’s district attorney in November. Letitia James also won the Democratic nomination to run for re-election as public advocate for New York City. In two months, she will face Juan Carlos Polanco, who won the nomination in the Republican and Reform parties.

Latino politicians Carlina Rivera, Ydanis Rodríguez, Fernando Cabrera, Rafael Salamanca, Rubén Díaz, Antonio Reynoso and Carlos Menchaca secured their candidacies or re-election to the City Council.

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