June 11, 2017
By Stephanie West
Corona, NY – Queens Assemblyman earns support of influential union in campaign for City Council’s 21st District. Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D – Corona) has received the endorsement of the Hotel Trades Council (HTC).
HTCs announcement, which marks the first endorsement by organized labor in the campaign to replace outgoing Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, gives Moya an early boost in momentum just days after announcing his candidacy.
“We have enthusiastically supported Francisco Moya since he was first elected to the Assembly back in 2010, and, we are proud to endorse him for City Council,” said Peter Ward, President of the New York Hotel Trades Council. “Francisco has been a vocal and steadfast partner in our fight against illegal hotels, and he has been at the forefront of some of New York’s most important campaigns for working people. We have no doubt that Francisco will continue to build on the work he’s done in Albany by taking his tireless fight for working people to the City Council.”
“It’s an honor to receive the endorsement of the Hotel Trades Council,” said Assemblyman Francisco Moya. “Our community is home to 3many immigrant families who first enter the labor force in sectors served by the Hotel Trades Council. Their tireless advocacy helps ensure these newest Americans, and all hotel sector workers, receive the fair treatment and excellent wages and benefits they deserve.”
The union’s endorsement gives Moya an early boost in his bid to replace outgoing Council Member Ferreras-Copeland. Copeland last week declared her intention not to seek reelection. Recently, Moya worked to pass Carlos’ Law, which would increase criminal and civil penalties for negligence by construction firms in the state.
Hotel Trades Council represents some 32,000 non-managerial employees working in all hotel departments including housekeeping, maintenance, food service and more than a dozen other areas. In all, more than 300 hotels and other related businesses employ HTC members, accounting for approximately 75% of the city’s hotel industry.