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Katz To Host Annual Black History Month Celebration

Queens Gazette
Feb 13, 2019

Borough President Melinda Katz and the African American Heritage Committee will host their annual Black History Month Celebration on Tuesday, February 26th, at 6 pm, replete with cultural performances, academic scholarship awards, honors for civic-minded community members, and more.

“Black history is American history, and Black History Month is an important recognition of countless groundbreaking achievements and impacts made across every imaginable field and industry,” said Borough President Katz. “Black History Month is also a time to reflect on the idea that we are all human beings deserving of dignity, respect, equal opportunities, and fair treatment.”

Katz gains support of Queens County Democrats in district attorney’s race

QNS 
Feb 12, 2019

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz picked up major support Monday when the Queens County Democratic Organization voted to endorse her campaign for District Attorney. . .

“Queens County Democrats believe Melinda Katz will be District Attorney to deliver the reform our borough needs to address the inequalities in our criminal justice system,” Queens County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Crowley said. “Throughout her career, Melinda has fought for progressive values and she will advocate for justice for all as our next District Attorney.”

Katz talks bid for district attorney

Queens Chronicle
Feb 7, 2019

Borough President Melinda Katz. . . says that more than piling up convictions, the job of a DA is to get justice for victims and defendants.

“If you believe that a prosecutor’s job, these days, now, with everything going on in the world, is solely to get as many convictions as you possibly can to show your value as a prosecutor, I’m not your person,” Katz told the Chronicle editorial board. . . “As important as it is to keep the people who affect our daily ways of life and affect our lives in jail, we need to make sure we keep people out of jail, too, who need a chance.”

Katz in State of the Borough: close Rikers, ‘overhaul’ jails

Queens Chronicle
Jan 28, 2019

Katz, who announced last month that she is running for Queens district attorney, chose what may be her final State of the Borough address to call for an end to the current jail system.

“Let me be clear,” she said for emphasis.

“I have been, and I remain, a strong supporter of closing Rikers Island. 

“It is a moral imperative that we overhaul our city’s jail system … And closing Rikers is an integral part of that.”

‘I will abstain’: Katz vows to avoid 2020 Census citizenship question during her State of the Borough Address

QNS
Jan 28, 2019

Borough President Melinda Katz said she would opt out of responding to the 2020 Census question regarding the documented status of residents and advised the crowd at Friday’s State of the Borough address to follow suit in a speech that covered not only immigration, but also criminal justice reform.

With up to 68,000 children in Queens live in mixed status households, according to Katz, policies out of the White House administration could impact residents across the borough, citizen or not.

Queens DA candidates race to the left to attract new group of galvanized Democrats

Daily News
Jan 14, 2019

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, 54, is the front-runner for that support and is the only candidate to have won a borough-wide election.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz wants “first-class” airports

City & State
Dec 3, 2018

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is confident the efforts to connect the terminals and introduce a new AirTrain will give New York the “top-rate” airports it deserves.

Queens BP Melinda Katz Announces Run for DA, Lays Out Progressive Agenda

New York Law Journal
Dec 4, 2018

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced Tuesday that she is running for district attorney in her borough, laying out a progressive-leaning platform for the office that includes ending cash bail for misdemeanors and forming a unit to review questionable convictions.  

Katz, a Democrat who is in her second term as borough president, is the third candidate to officially announce that she is running to succeed Richard Brown, who has served as Queens DA since 1991 and who has managed to avoid a serious challenge in elections held since.  

“I’m running as a different type of district attorney,” Katz said in an interview. “The DA’s job has to be making changes in legislation as well as investigating crime.”

Melinda Katz running for Queens District Attorney

The Queens Chronicle
Dec 4, 2018

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced her candidacy on Tuesday for the Queens County District Attorney’s office in 2019.

Katz, 53, made her announcement in McDonald Park in Forest Hills with her sons, Carter and Hunter, and more than 100 supporters.

She said she will pursue an aggressive agenda including bail reform and more stringent prosecution of hate crimes, sex crimes and domestic violence.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will run for DA on ‘hard on hate’ criminal justice reform platform

The Daily News
Dec 4, 2018

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is running for district attorney.

She joined a growing field of Democrats in the race to succeed longtime Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, who is not expected to seek another term in November 2019, making way for a Democratic primary in September.

“Whatever your ethnicity, background, immigration status or economic means; whether you are a third-generation Queens resident or someone who came here yesterday to provide your family a better life; whatever your gender identification or sexual orientation, justice must always look the same. All too often, it does not. As the district attorney, I will fight to achieve fairness in the criminal justice system,” Katz said.

Katz enters the fray to be Queens DA

The Queens Chronicle
Dec 6, 2018

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced her candidacy on Tuesday for Queens County district attorney in 2019.

Katz, 53, made her announcement in McDonald Park in Forest Hills with her sons, Carter and Hunter, and more than 100 supporters.

She said she will pursue an aggressive agenda including bail reform and more stringent prosecution of hate crimes, sex crimes and domestic violence.