Democratic District Leader Ari Espinal on Monday announced her bid for the seat vacated at the start of the year by New York City Councilman Francisco Moya.

Espinal is a former aide in Moya’s office and she received his endorsement for the Queens district.

“I am thrilled to announce my candidacy for the State Assembly, and I thank Francisco Moya for his support,” Espinal said. “He has been a mentor to me for decades, and I am eager to continue his legacy of delivering for working families. As a lifelong resident of Central Queens, I understand the challenges facing our diverse and growing community. I am the proud daughter of a union family, and I know that our communities thrive when there are good jobs with fair paying wages.”

Her campaign was unveiled as Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday earlier in the day formally announced the seat would be filled in an April 24 special election. That is one of 11 open districts in the Senate and Assembly.

“I am so proud to endorse Ari Espinal for State Assembly,” Moya said.

“We need leaders like Ari to fight for us in Albany because she truly understands the issues facing Queens families and seniors. Ari will stand up for our values and work hard to deliver for us. She is a true champion for all working families, immigrants, and New Yorkers.”