STATE RACES
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 39
ABOUT EYE ON ALBANY

Jackson Heights, Corona.

GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
Take a look at all the latest results for the November 5, 2002 general election.

x-Jose R. Peralta (Dem) 5,721 - 74 percent
Charles Gonzales (Rep) 2,020 - 26 percent

Candidates:

  • Charles Gonzales (Rep/Con/RTL)
  • Jose Peralta (Dem/Lib/Wor)


BIOGRAPHIES

Isabel Guzman (Dem), 1997 Senior Advocate of the Year, was named Woman of the Year by the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women in 1999 and was chosen Latin Woman of the Year 2000 by El Diario/La Prensa.

Charles Gonzales (Rep/Con/RTL) is a real estate agent in Forest Hills. He is the past president of the Jamaica-Central Queens Real Estate Board. Gonzales has an accounting degree from City University.

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Francisco Moya (Dem) is a community activist and district leader in Queens. Moya, the Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Development at Elmhurst Hospital, founded the Corona Gardens Neighborhood Association and the After-School Sports Program at St. Leo's School.

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Jose Peralta (Dem/Lib/Wor), a graduate of Queens College, advocates on behalf of immigrants at the New York City Central Labor Council. He has worked on a number of political campaigns, including: Brian McLaughlin for Assembly, Toby Stavisky for Senate, Alan Hevesi for New York City Comptroller and Hilary Clinton for United States Senator. Peralta is a member of the Northside Democratic Club, the William Jefferson Clinton Club, the Dominican American Society, Community Board 3 and the Inter-American Political and Civic Parliament.

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William H. Salgado (click for website) (Dem) attended Columbia College and Boston College Law School, from which he received his Juris Doctor in 1984. He is currently in private practice in Jackson Heights, Queens. Salgado has served as president of the East Elmhurst Colombia Lions Club, as well as the Colombian Civic Center, Inc. He was also a candidate for the seat for Assembly District 34 in 1998. As of 2000, he was vice-president of the Parents' Association of P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights, president of the Panamaerican Democratic Association of Queens, and district leader at large of the Queens County Democratic Organization.


7 BILLS IMPORTANT TO NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS THAT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE IS LIKELY TO VOTE ON IN THE NEXT TERM:

1. Rent Regulation: The current rent regulation laws expire in June 2003. Supporters of rent regulation hope that the current provisions will be extended for another five years and that the legislature will repeal the provision which deregulates apartments that rent for $2,000 or more a month. The State Assembly passed such a bill this year, but it died in the Senate in the face of opposition from Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. If the Legislature does not take concerted action in June, rent regulation in New York City will end.

2. Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good. Reinstatement of the Commuter Tax is likely to come up again this Spring as the City's economy takes a turn for the worse.

3. School Funding: Even with mayoral control of the school system, more than 40 percent of New York City's school funding comes from Albany. Next year's budget will determine how much money New York City's schools will get from the state.

4. Rockefeller drug laws: New York's drug laws, passed in 1973 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, are among the harshest in the nation. The Democratic-controlled Assembly, Republican-controlled Senate, and the Governor have not been able to agree on how to reform these laws, look for renewed negotiations and new legislation in the next term.

5. Minimum Wage: Currently set at $5.15 an hour, Democrats will likely propose raising the minimum wage to $6.75 an hour, a proposal that failed last year.

6. Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act: This has been floating around the New York State Legislature for 30 years, with the Governor's support, it is likely to come up for a vote again next Spring.

7. Campaign Finance Reform: Some 80 organizations have proposed a "Clean Money, Clean Elections" bill for the New York State Legislature. Like the New York City law, it would establish a system under which candidates who comply with limits on campaign spending and contributions would receive public funds for their political campaigns.


PRIMARY ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

Candidates:
  • Charles Gonzales (Rep/Con/RTL - Primary Winner)
  • Isabel Guzman (Dem)
  • Francisco Moya (Dem)
  • Jose Peralta (Dem/Lib/Wor - Primary Winner)
  • William Salgado (Dem)

September 11, 2002

Queens voters all but elected the borough's first Hispanic state legislator yesterday, but two white males were winning in districts specifically drawn to benefit minority candidates. (Newsday)

September 5, 2002

On the nasty meter, the Democratic race for the new Corona Assembly seat is as about as bad as it gets.One candidate, Francisco Moya, says his mother was harassed by workers from a rival campaign. Another, Jose Peralta, says Moya's brother has physically intimidated campaign workers.A third, William Salgado, accused Peralta of being a lackey for labor and Moya of being a spoiler for the county Democratic Party. (Daily News)

August 23, 2002

An underdog candidate for a new Queens assembly seat blasted an anonymous hit piece yesterday that said he had been arrested for bribery, drunken driving and driving with a suspended license."I have never been arrested in my life," Francisco Moya said. "These tactics are despicable and unconscionable." (New York Daily News)

August 20, 2002

The new 39th Assembly District in Jackson Heights-Corona has a dubious distinction: Of the 151 districts in the state, it has the fewest number of voters. That's because the district, created for Latinos in Queens to elect their first state representative, is one of the most heavily immigrant communities in the nation, with many residents who are not yet citizens. (Newsday)

August 15, 2002

A candidate for the Assembly seat in the new 39th District is urging locals to register to vote before today's state primary election deadline.Jose Peralta joined local Latino leaders this week to register voters as he set his sights on representing the people of Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst. (New York Daily News)

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