BY NATHAN DUKE
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that a special election to fill 11 vacant seats in the state legislature—including the assembly seat previously held by Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights)—will be held on April 24.
In November, Moya won the race for the City Council’s District 21 seat, replacing Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who opted not to run for re-election.
The governor announced that special elections would be held for the 39th Assembly District, which was held by Moya, as well as seats previously held by Manhattan’s Brian Kavanagh, the Bronx’s Ruben Diaz and Mark Gjonaj, and eight other seats in Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester counties and upstate New York.
Two Democrats have announced their bids for Moya’s seat: Catalina Cruz, former chief of staff for Ferreras-Copeland, and Aridia Espinal, a former Moya staffer and district leader. Moya has endorsed Espinal.
Cruz—who has listed fixes to the MTA, investments for public schools and advocacy for immigrants and the LGBT community as campaign priorities—said, “Unfortunately, the special election process for the state Assembly does not allow for Democratic primary voters to decide who represents them on the Democratic Party ballot line.”