When the state Assembly opens its 2011 legislative session in January, two new faces from western Queens will be seen on the floor. Democrats Francisco Moya of Corona and Aravella Simotas of Astoria, both of whom had no opponents in the general election, stepped into seats left open by officials moving on to the state Senate.
Despite a reported anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat mood across the nation, all the seated Democrats won another term in the state Assembly races in western Queens this year, according to unofficial election results from NY1.
The Republicans’ candidate for the open state Assembly seat in Corona, Humberto Suarezmotta, has been booted from the ballot for failing to file his signatures with a cover sheet, a decision he says he may dispute in federal court.
Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate surrendered this week to federal prosecutors on charges he misused city funds meant for a failed nonprofit in Corona to finance his own political campaigns, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said.
Community activist Francisco Moya bested former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate nearly two-to-one in last week’s Democratic primary, but was his win due to voters liking Moya or disliking Monserrate? Michael Krasner, political science professor at Queens College, said it was most likely a combination of both.
Strike two for Hiram Monserrate. Community activist Francisco Moya bested the controversial former state senator in the Democratic primary for the 39th Assembly District seat, earning 67 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results.