NYC COUNCIL DISTRICT 21

★ Preferred Candidate - Francisco Moya - Dem ★

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Age: 43 Occupation: NYS Assembly Member, District 39.
Education: St. John’s University, B.A.; Baruch College of Public Administration, M.A.

Francisco Moya has been a New York State Assembly Member for District 39 since 2010, after defeating former state Senator Hiram Monserrate. One of his most notable pieces of legislation is the DREAM Act, which broadens educational opportunities for immigrant students, and which passed the Assembly in 2016. If elected to the Council, Moya’s priorities would be to strengthen tenant protections and improve the affordability of homeownership; ensure that senior centers and programming are operational and well-funded; expand pre-K and afterschool programming; reform the criminal justice system to be tailored to the needs and realities of local communities, and champion immigrants’ rights. He closely aligns with Citizens Union positions on closing the LLC loophole and supports fighting “pay-to-play” politics in New York City. Moya does, however, deviate from Citizens Union’s positions on several key issues including creating a nonpartisan election system in New York, requiring that all laws enacted by referendum be changed with voter approval, reducing the number of Council committees, and holding a Constitutional Convention. Citizens Union prefers Moya in the race to represent District 21 because of his qualifications as a legislator and his ability to advance those reforms that he does support, and because of the checkered history of his opponent.

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NYC COUNCIL DISTRICT 30

★ Preferred Candidate - Elizabeth Crowley - Dem ★

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Age: 39 Occupation: NYC Council Member, District 30
Education: SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, B.A.; Pratt Institute Graduate School of Architecture, M.S.

Elizabeth Crowley was elected to the New York City Council in a special election in 2008 and is currently seeking reelection. The top priority issues of her campaign are improving public transportation, building more high schools in District 30, creating more senior centers, building more affordable housing, and encouraging local businesses. Crowley expressed support for a number of Citizens Union’s public policy goals, especially in the area of police accountability Council rules reform. In 2016, she was the lead sponsor on a bill that placed political contribution limits and disclosure requirements on nonprofits that are formed by, or affiliated with, elected officials, which closely reflected a Citizens Union proposal issued earlier that year. Crowley is opposed to establishing a nonpartisan, top-two primary system in New York, creating a voluntary municipal poll worker program to supplement poll worker recruitment by district leaders, modifying the City Charter to require that laws enacted by referendum only be changed through approval by the voters, and holding a Constitutional Convention – all of which Citizens Union supports. Despite these deviations from Citizens Union’s agenda, Crowley is the preferred candidate in this race because she has proven herself to be an effective member of the New York City Council with an eye toward important reforms in key areas of city government. In her interview with Citizens Union, she expressed an understanding that, as a council member, her role is to represent the interests of New York City as a whole, as well as of her district.

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