Queens Borough President Melinda Katz participated in the annual legislative breakfast of the Queens Jewish Community Council (QJCC), spoke at the Taiwanese American Association of New York’s annual dinner and attended religious services and two inaugural ceremonies during the weekend of January 11-12, the first weekend following her January 9 inauguration as Borough President.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity as Borough President to visit the many diverse neighborhoods that make up our wonderful borough,” Katz said. “It is an honor and a privilege to get to meet with so many different people and to be able to hear their ideas and concerns.”
The QJCC breakfast took place Sunday, January 12, at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. There she and other elected officials joined with community leaders in exchanging ideas about how to address the challenges facing the borough in general and its Jewish community in particular.
Katz told the breakfast’s attendees that her goals regarding economic development included channeling capital funding to the redevelopment of Queens’ major commercial districts, building a sound infrastructure and creating a welcoming economic climate for business. She also expressed strong support for community policing and said she would fight to make sure funds and other assistance go to those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Katz concluded her Sunday by attending the Taiwanese American Association of New York’s dinner at the Mudan Banquet Hall in Flushing. There she spoke about her commitment to protecting diversity and her plans to promote further cultural interaction in the borough.
Also on Sunday, Katz attended morning services at the Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica and at the Saint Albans Congregational Church.
On the afternoon of Saturday, January 11, Katz was honored to be in attendance when new City Councilmember I. Daneek Miller was formally sworn in to office during his inauguration ceremony at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.
Katz did venture outside Queens on Sunday afternoon when she had the privilege of attending the inauguration of new Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Katz’s former City Council colleague.