The Real Estate Board of New York’s Jobs for New York super PAC has spent $19,000 and counting on palm cards supporting City Council Member Francisco Moya, who doesn’t even have a primary.
After serving time in jail for corruption, former Council Member Hiram Monserrate is trying again, but an Appellate Division court halted the lower court order that would have put him in the primary. The lawsuit is challenging the validity of the rule preventing those convicted of specific crimes from office, thus the court is taking its time determining.
If Monserrate wins, Council District 21 may be too late for a primary. Mail-in ballots are out for early voting next week. “It’s an operational nightmare, if not an impossibility,” said municipal Board of Elections Deputy Executive Director Vincent Ignizio.
Why spend? Hiram’s awful. One REBNY insider called this a no-brainer. Even if Monserrate’s ballot chances are slim? With strategic backing from The Parkside Group, real estate is grateful to Moya for the soccer stadium agreement.
“The one thing that unites everyone in New York City politics is how abhorrent Hiram Monserrate is as a potential candidate,” said Moya campaign spokesperson Matt Rey, denying influence trading.