Francisco Moya currently represents the 21st Council District- encompassing East Elmhurst, Corona, and Lefrak City. Prior to his 2017 election to the Council, Moya was elected to the 39th Assembly District in 2010, earning him the honor of being the first Ecuadorian-American elected to public office in the United States. He has since represented the district, which includes Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights.
A lifelong resident of Corona, Queens, Francisco began organizing in his community at the age of 15, when he and a group of concerned neighbors started the Corona Gardens Neighborhood Association, organizing members of the community and working to improve quality of life. Francisco went on to graduate from St. John’s University. He graduated with an MPA from Baruch College’s Urban Fellow program. Subsequently worked for two members of Congress, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Congressman Brad Sherman, in Washington, D.C.
In 2003, Francisco was named Secretary to the Senate for Senate Minority Leader David A. Paterson, and became the highest-ranking Latino in state government.
Throughout his years in the Assembly, Francisco has been a champion for working-class families, fighting to pass legislation that would preserve union rights, improve workplace safety and strengthen worker protections. He successfully passed legislation to stop employment agencies from robbing low-income families of hundreds in unfulfilled finder’s fees.
During his time in office, Francisco Moya has put the spotlight on the construction death epidemic which has claimed as many as 33 lives in two years alone, typically affecting low-income workers of color. As the sponsor of Carlos’ Law, Moya has led efforts to substantially increase penalties against these managers and developers who cut corners on safety, and has also blocked efforts to repeal the scaffolding law which has protected construction workers for decades.
Council Member Moya continues to be a leader in the fight against hate-crimes and anti-immigrant policies on the national stage, introducing an omnibus bill – the New York State Liberty Act – to establish protections for undocumented immigrants that have long contributed to the culture and economy of New York and his district. He has led the fight to expand college opportunities for the children of undocumented immigrants by sponsoring the DREAM Act, which would extend financial aid to New York’s Dreamers.
As Chair of the Commission on Science and Technology, Francisco fostered public-private relationships to bring STEM curriculum into the classroom and train students with skills that will prepare them for the industries of tomorrow. He has also fought for increasing higher education financial aid for all of New York’s students.
As a lifelong member of the community, no matter is too small, and Francisco has worked to improve the quality of life for his community, including passing “curbstoning” legislation that allows the NYPD to tow for-sale cars that take up public street parking and are often uninspected and unsafe.