Queens Democratic Party officials endorsed City Councilman Hiram Monserrate for the State Senate from the 13th District (Jackson Heights, Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst and Woodside).
In choosing Monserrate, party leaders issued a "no confidence" vote incumbent State Senator John D. Sabini, a former party chairman and 6 year incumbent. Two years agao, Monserrate came within 250 votes of beating Sabitini for the nomination.
Eight years ago, the population of the district was about 56% Latino, 20% Asian, 12% White/NonLatino and 9% African American. The district's Latino population has since grown much larger.
If elected Monserrate becomes NYS Senate's 1st Latino Queens County member. Long Island's only Latino State Senator is Brooklyn's Martin Malave.
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