After President Barack Obama received record support from the Hispanic population during his re-election last week, Queens’ Hispanic legislators said it was the Republican Party’s hard-line stance against immigration reform that lost challenger Mitt Romney the vote. “This is not the party that shares our ideals,” said state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights). A former [...]
Eight members of the state Assembly from Queens have signed on to a bill that would push Primary Day for state races from September to June to offset a new federal law that would force New York to hold separate primaries for Congress and the U.S. Senate. The New York legislators want a single primary [...]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed incentives, including merit pay, so the city can retain and recruit the best teachers during his State of the City address last Thursday in the Bronx. The mayor also called on the state to pass minimum wage legislation so the pay is higher than federal standards. “The single most important factor [...]
City Comptroller John Liu received an enthusiastic reception from Jackson Heights business owners when he visited the Indian and Bangladeshi commercial strips in the neighborhood last Thursday. Liu was joined by state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights), City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and a group of business owners as he walked into sari shops [...]
In the nearly one year that Jose Peralta has been a state senator representing western Queens, his star has surely risen. Peralta was selected as one of four co-chairmen in charge of making sure Democrats recapture the Senate in 2012 and was chosen by Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) as Democratic whip – the [...]
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.