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05/30/2013 New York Daily News Daily Politics Blog: RWDSU Endorses Melinda Katz For Queens Borough President, by Erin Durkin – “Melinda Katz has proven she is the person for the job of Queens Borough President,” said union president Stuart Appelbaum. “Melinda has fought for New York City’s working people – from taking a stand against Wal-Mart in Rego Park to supporting living wages. She has represented working people well, both as an Assemblywoman and as a leading member of the New York City Council.”.. Read more


05/23/2013 Queens Tribune: Katz Gets Key Backing, by Joe Marvilli – U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), who is also the chair of the QDP, released a statement praising Katz’s experience and leadership. “Melinda has a proven track record of delivering for her constituents at both the City and State level and her dedication to serving Queens over the last 20 years is unmatched,” he said… Read more


05/23/2013 New York Daily News Daily Politics Blog: Barry Grodenchik Backs Melinda Katz, by Celeste Katz – Queens Borough President contender Melinda Katz is now backed by former rival Barry Grodenchik… Read more


05/23/2013 Press Release: Barry Grodenchik Endorses Melinda Katz for Queens BP – “I’ve seen Melinda’s great work over the years and there is no doubt in my mind that she has the skills and the dedication to be a great borough president. I’m proud to endorse her for Queens Borough President, and will do everything in my power to send her to borough hall.”… Read more


05/20/2013 Statement by Melinda Katz Regarding Queens County Democratic Party Endorsement – “I am honored, humbled and deeply grateful for the support of the Queens County Democratic Party and our great chairman, Congressman Joe Crowley. Together, we are building a campaign that will truly represent all of Queens and our wonderfully diverse communities, great neighborhoods and the limitless potential that exists in our borough… Read more


05/14/2013 Politicker: Melinda Katz’s Campaign Says She’s on Path to Maxing Out, by Colin Campbell – “This campaign has always been powered by a diverse coalition of grassroots donors across our city,” said Ms. Katz in a statement. “And that’s why our campaign, backed by an overwhelming level of support from New Yorkers, will have the resources we need to keep building momentum and win on Election Day.”.. Read more


05/14/2013 Press Release: Melinda Katz Builds Momentum with Strong May 15 Financial Filing – After weeks of growing momentum, Melinda Katz today released campaign finance filings in the race for Queens Borough President, clearly establishing her position as the strongest candidate in the field. Having raised more than $80,000 during the most recent filing period, her campaign has gathered a grand total of $489,213 to date and adds on to an expected $414,558 in matching funds-bringing her campaign’s total resources raised to over $900,000 thus far… Read more


05/06/2013 From the Desk of Melinda Katz: Melinda Katz Asks FEMA To Get Their Act Together – Six months later, as Queens residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy move from the cleanup to the rebuilding phase, they are dealing with a daunting level of disorganization and misinformation from FEMA about the reconstruction process. Melinda Katz has written a letter to FEMA asking them to provide clarity for residents on the complicated process that they face… To view this letter, click here


05/01/2013 Queens Gazette: I On Politics: Katz’ Economic Development Plan, by John Toscano – Queens borough president candidate Melinda Katz issued an economic development plan for the borough “to create a master plan for Queens that will attract new businesses, employment opportunities and a better quality of life for Queens residents.”.. Read More


04/24/2013 Press Release: Melinda Katz Unveils Economic Development Plan – Melinda Katz today released her economic development plan for Queens. The detailed proposal utilizes all the tools available to the borough president, including land use processes, and zoning and planning decisions, to create a master plan for Queens that will attract new businesses, employment opportunities and a better quality of life for Queens residents… Read More


04/16/2013 Press Release: Reverend Patrick Henry Young Throws Support Behind Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President – “Melinda is the right choice for borough president,” Rev. Young said. “She has a clear vision for Queens that focuses on the right priorities for families across the borough. Her attention on economic development, schools and our quality of life echoes what I hear in my own community and she has the experience to get it done. That is why I am wholeheartedly supporting Melinda Katz.”… Read More


04/09/2013 NY1 News: Melinda Katz Speaking About Her Vision For The Office of Queens B.P. – The Road to City Hall’s Errol Louis spoke with Melinda Katz about her campaign for Queens Borough President.


04/09/2013 Press Release: Mason Tenders Endorse Melinda Katz For Queens Borough President – Political Director Mike McGuire said: “Melinda is the Queens Borough President we need for these tough economic times when worker rights continue to come under attack. Throughout her decades of public service in the state assembly and city council, she has fought tirelessly and consistently to create jobs and protect the rights and dignity of the working men and women of New York. We proudly endorse Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President.”… Read More


04/09/2013 Press Release: Mason Tenders Endorse Melinda Katz For Queens Borough President – Political Director Mike McGuire said: “Melinda is the Queens Borough President we need for these tough economic times when worker rights continue to come under attack. Throughout her decades of public service in the state assembly and city council, she has fought tirelessly and consistently to create jobs and protect the rights and dignity of the working men and women of New York. We proudly endorse Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President.”… Read More


04/05/2013 Statement: Melinda Katz Praises Tennis Group – Queens Borough President candidate Melinda Katz said today that the USTA’s openness to replace parkland that would be lost as a result of its planned expansion was “a good first step towards effective negotiation.”… Read More


04/02/2013 Times Ledger: BP candidate pushes for Rockaway relief reform, by Steve Mosco – Melinda Katz joined Friends of Rockaway Beach and elected officials to call for a comprehensive rebuilding plan for the peninsula devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October. “The key word here is ‘frustration,’” said Katz. “Residents feel like they are not being listened to and they have no input into the future of the Rockaways. If you are going to use funds to make the Rockaways better, then you ought to listen to what they need. People feel like they are yelling into the wind.”… Read More


03/28/2013 Press Release: Distinguished Women’s Organization Backs Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President – The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, an organization committed to inspiring and supporting Democratic women to run for local and state offices in New York, today endorsed Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President… Read More


03/27/2013 City & State: Grocery Workers Union Backs Katz For Queens BP, by Jon Lentz – Bruce Both, president of UFCW Local 1500, said Katz had long been a vocal advocate for Queens working families. “She has been a steadfast defender of a worker’s rights to organize, earn a living wage and live the American Dream,” he said in a statement… Read More


03/27/2013 Press Release: UFCW Endorses Melinda Katz For Queens Borough President – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500, New York State’s largest grocery workers union, today announced its endorsement of Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President in 2013… Read More


03/26/2013 Press Release: Melinda Katz joined the Friends of Rockaway Beach to call on the city to provide the aid that the Rockaways desperately require. – “Many residents of the Rockaways are still reeling after the devastation of Sandy. I am partnering closely with the local community to ensure that rebuilding efforts address the most critical needs of residents, business owners, and working families,” said Melinda at a press conference on the steps of City Hall. “As Queens Borough President, I want to help build a brighter future for the Rockaways.”… Read More


03/22/2013 City & State: Southeast Queens Rev-ed Up For Melinda Katz, by Nick Powell – “Former New York City Councilwoman Melinda Katz picked up endorsements from two prominent preachers in the Rockaway section of the borough in her bid for Queens borough president. Revs. Evan Gray Sr. and Dr. Dwayne Sleet of Pastor Macedonia Baptist and First Baptist Church, respectively, announced their support for Katz yesterday.”… Read More


03/22/2013 Press Release: Jeff Aubry Endorses Melinda Katz For Queens BP – “I am proud to endorse Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President based on her twenty years of service to the County of Queens,” said Aubry. “Melinda is a triple threat. She has represented our borough in the state assembly, city council and as director of community boards in the Borough President’s office. On substance, Melinda is the best candidate to protect and ensure the continued growth of Queens.”… Read More


03/22/2013 News India-Times: Indian-Americans Endorse Melinda Katz for Queens Borough Presidency, by a Staff Writer – A group of Indian-Americans came together March 9 to endorse and support the candidacy of Melinda Katz for Queens Borough Presidency. The committee – Indian American friends for Melinda Katz – is headed by Malini Shah and includes other members like George Abraham, Harbachan Singh, Mohinder Singh, T.J. Singh, Harry Singh and Rajender Dichpally… Read More


03/08/2013 Statement: Melinda Katz Expresses Concerns on USTA National Tennis Center Expansion – “I have been an avid supporter of the USTA throughout my career. The US Open has always been an economic boon to our city, bringing in more revenue during its two week tournament than all other sporting events combined. However, as the USTA seeks to expand their footprint and their profits, we must be sure to protect the interests of taxpayers and Queens residents, and protect the long-term needs of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.”… Read More


03/07/2013 Queens Chronicle: Flake backs Katz for Queens Boro president – The Rev. Floyd Flake, pastor of Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica and a former five-term congressman, announced his support in a joint statement issued by the Katz campaign on Monday. “I proudly endorse Melinda Katz as the next borough president of Queens,” Flake said. “Our borough is at a critical juncture right now and Melinda is the kind of steady, experienced hand that we need.”…. Read More


03/06/2013 Bayside-Douglaston Patch: CB 11 Talks Auburndale Slow Zone, Northeast Queens Airplane Noise, by Nathan Duke – Former City Councilwoman and state Assemblywoman Melinda Katz, who is running for Queens borough president, dropped by the meeting to call on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to not cut budgets for community boards across the city, arguing that doing so makes it difficult for the boards to operate… Read More


03/06/2013 Queens Gazette: Katz Attends LIC/Astoria Chamber Of Commerce Meeting – Melinda Katz attended a Long Island City/Astoria Chamber of Commerce meeting that afforded her the opportunity to meet and hear the concerns of many of Queens’ small business owners. She discussed the economic resurgence of both Long Island City and Astoria and the need for local business to make such communities thrive… Read More


03/06/2013 Queens Gazette: Katz Joins Bangladeshi Society’s Mother Language Day – Candidate for the office of Queens borough president, Melinda Katz joined the Jamaica Bangladeshi Friends Society’s International Mother Language Day celebration. As a long-term resident of Queens and as a public servant who has dedicated over 20 years to improving Queens for families, Katz discussed the importance of cultural heritage and language throughout the many diverse neighborhoods of Queens… Read More


03/05/2013 Press Release: At St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Melinda Katz supports redevelopment of the Rockaways – Melinda said, “There is clearly frustration that the priorities of the folks who live there are not being heard or taken into account during the decision making process. We need to do better. It is critical that community leaders and residents of the Rockaways play a fundamental role in the redevelopment of their neighborhood. The central purpose of rebuilding the Rockaways after the storm must be to make this community both a safe and comfortable place to live for years into the future. Without direct community input, the true needs of the neighborhood cannot be correctly understood or sufficiently resolved.”… Read More


03/05/2013 Forest Hills Patch: Katz Gets Big Endorsement: Report, by Matthew Hampton – Melinda Katz, Forest Hills’ own candidate for borough president, scored a big endorsement this week, according to the New York Daily News. The Rev. Floyd Flake decided to back Katz in her run for the borough’s big chair, setting her apart from a very large pack in the early going…. Read More


03/04/2013 New York Daily News Daily Politics Blog: Floyd Flake Endorses Melinda Katz For Queens BP, by Celeste Katz – “Our borough is at a pivotal juncture right now and Melinda is the kind of steady, experienced hand that we need,” Flake, a former congressman, said in a statement. “I have known her for many years, and worked with her when she worked for Borough President Claire Shulman and helped bring the federal building to Southeast Queens. Melinda was ready, willing and able then, and I know she is even more so now.”… Read More


02/27/2013 Women’s Campaign Fund Endorses Melinda – “As longtime supporters of Melinda Katz, Women’s Campaign Fund is proud to endorse her race for President of Queens Borough. Katz has already demonstrated her leadership and commitment to women and families in the Queens Borough and we believe that she will continue to champion for Hurricane Sandy reconstruction, affordable housing, and equal rights for women in New York’s second-largest borough.” said Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, President of the Women’s Campaign Fund… Read More


02/25/2013 New York Daily News: Aqueduct racino gauges interest in full-tilt casino gaming in New York State, by Irving Dejohn – “I only support a full scale gaming casino at the Resort World Aqueduct Racino. It would be premature to discuss expanding table games in the borough beyond Aqueduct, until the full impact of this new industry is known,” said Melinda Katz… Read More


02/22/2013 Melinda Opposes School Co-locations in Queens, statement by Melinda Katz – One year after trying to close them, the Department of Education’s co-location plans for Flushing and Newtown High Schools are misguided at best, and more than likely dangerous to the very survival of both schools… Read More


01/31/2013 New York Daily News’ Daily Politics Blog: EMILY’s List Backs NYC’s Melinda Katz, by Celeste Katz – This one’s for the ladies: Queens Borough President hopeful Melinda Katz is now running under the banner of EMILY’s List, which backs Democratic, pro-choice women for public office… Read More


01/16/2013 DNA Info: Melinda Katz Vows to Keep Families in Queens as Borough President, by Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska – Her primary goal as borough president, Katz said, would be to attract as much capital to Queens as possible and to make it affordable for families to live here. Another would be to rebuild the areas destroyed by Hurricane Sandy… Read More


01/15/2013 Queens Courier: Katz campaign raises over $280,000 in quest for Borough Presidency, by Terence M. Cullen – Melinda Katz is taking a lead in campaign finances for the borough presidency as her campaign announced the former politician has raised more than $280,000 in the last four months. “I am so appreciative to our hundreds of donors and their support for my candidacy,” Katz said in a statement… Read More


01/15/2013 New York Daily News’ Daily Politics Blog: Melinda Katz Raises $283K For Queens BP Bid, by Celeste Katz – “Our fundraising success is a reflection of how well our message is being received,” said Katz, who has about $250,000 now on hand. “The campaign, based on improving the lives of all Queens residents by increasing economic opportunities and striking the proper balance with the needs of a community, is resonating.”… Read More


12/21/2012 Queens Courier: Melinda Katz making the rounds in Queens, by Terence M. Cullen – “We’ve been to the civics and the precincts and community boards,” Katz told The Courier at the December Community Board 9 meeting. “I’m not trying to go to every community board, I’m trying to go to every community.”… Read More


12/19/2012 Times Ledger: Katz nets Koch nod, by Steve Mosco – “I am supporting Melinda Katz for Queens borough president,” Koch said in a statement. “She is the one candidate in the race that raises the level of conversation about balancing economic development with the community in Queens.”… Read More


12/11/2012 New York Daily News’ Daily Politics Blog: Ed Koch Endorses Melinda Katz For Queens Borough President, by Celeste Katz - The borough president news just keeps on coming today: Former Mayor Ed Koch, fresh out of the hospital and gearing up for his birthday party at Gracie Mansion this week, is backing Melinda Katz for Queens BP.”She is the one candidate in the race that raises the level of conversation about balancing economic development with the community in Queens,” Koch said in a brief statement… Read More


12/11/2012 The Queens Courier: Katz nabs Koch endorsement for borough president, by Terence M. Cullen - The day after being released from the hospital for a respiratory infection, and on the eve of his 88th birthday, former Mayor Ed Koch endorsed borough president candidate Melinda Katz, in a race with a crowded Democrat primary… Read More


10/10/2012 New York Daily News: Campaign Notebook, by Lisa L. Colangelo - Former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz, who only recently went public with her intention to run for Queens Borough President in 2013, is not wasting any time kicking off her fledgling campaign… Read More


10/10/2012 Queens Gazette – Melinda Katz Kicks-Off Queens Borough President Campaign -Melinda Katz initiated her campaign for Queens Borough President at Portofino Ristorante in Forest Hills. More than forty elected officials, community leaders and residents attended the October 10 announcement… Read More


08/09/2012 Queens Tribune: Katz Comes Back For Beep Race, by Ross Barkan -Former City Councilwoman and Assemblywoman Melinda Katz announced this week she will run for Queens Borough President next year… Read More


08/07/2012 The Queens Courier: Katz creates campaign team for Queens borough president run, by Terence M. Cullen -Katz, who formerly served as Assemblymember and Councilmember, confirmed she would be running for borough president next year — throwing her hat into the ring… Read More


08/07/2012 Times Ledger: Katz running for Queens borough president, by Steve Mosco -A familiar face is set to step back into the Queens political arena. According to a report in the New York Post, former state Assemblywoman and City Councilwoman Melinda Katz announced she would run for borough president next year… Read More


08/06/2012 Capital New York: Melinda Katz’s ‘welcome’ entry into the Queens borough president race, by Azi Paybarah — Melinda Katz made official what many local political observers suspected shortly after she publicly acknowledged details about her closely guarded personal life: She’s running for Queens borough president… Read More


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