Democratic Assemblyman Francisco Moya on Thursday received the endorsement from the politically influential Hotel Trades Council in his bid for the New York City Council.

“We have enthusiastically supported Francisco Moya since he was first elected to the Assembly back in 2010, and today, we are proud to endorse him for City Council,” said Peter Ward, President of the New York Hotel Trades Council. “Francisco has been a vocal and steadfast partner in our fight against illegal hotels, and he has been at the forefront of some of New York’s most important campaigns for working people. We have no doubt that Francisco will continue to build on the work he’s done in Albany by taking his tireless fight for working people to the City Council.”

HTC has played key roles in campaigns both legislative and statewide over the last several election cycles.

Moya is running for the seat being vacated by incumbent Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. He faces Hiram Monserrate, a former state senator who left politics under a cloud when he was expelled from office following a domestic violence case.

The HTC endorsement, in part, is meant to send the signal of institutional support hearing toward Moya in the race.

“It’s an honor to receive the endorsement of the Hotel Trades Council,” Moya said. “Our community is home many immigrant families who first enter the labor force in sectors served by the Hotel Trades Council. Their tireless advocacy helps ensure these newest Americans, and all hotel sector workers, receive the fair treatment and excellent wages and benefits they deserve.”