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BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications from qualified and community-minded individuals who would like to serve on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in considering land use and zoning matters. Community Boards also contribute to public dialogue by holding hearings and issuing recommendations about […]

LOCAL REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY APPROVES PLAN FOR FORT TILDEN PROPERTY

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Recommends Disposition to Keep NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau Training Facility at Former Army Reserve Center QUEENS, NY – The Fort Tilden Local Redevelopment Authority today voted to approve a redevelopment plan that would dispose the federal property at Fort Tilden to the City of New York. The disposition would continue the use of the New York […]

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS TO HOLD MONTHLY OFFICE HOURS AT QUEENS BOROUGH HALL

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Easier Access to City’s Immigration Resources QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced that beginning this Friday, September 29, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) will hold monthly office hours inside Queens Borough Hall to provide residents with easier access to the information and services offered by MOIA. Queens is the first […]

STATEMENT FROM BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE PASSING OF ASSEMBLYMEMBER SIMANOWITZ

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QUEENS, NY —  Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following regarding the passing of Assemblymember Michael Simanowitz:   “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Assemblymember Michael Simanowitz, a great public servant who began his career as chief-of-staff to former Assemblymember Nettie Mayersohn more than two decades ago. Michael cared deeply about the people […]

OVER $2 MILLION IN CAPITAL UPGRADES FOR QUEENS FIREHOUSES

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, City Councilmember Paul Vallone, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) and Community Board 7 today announced over $2.075 million in Fiscal 2018 funding allocations for capital improvements at several FDNY firehouses in Queens. The funds will enhance six longtime Queens firehouses, including Engine 295/Ladder […]

PUBLIC PLAZA AT BOROUGH HALL DEDICATED TO THE WOMEN OF QUEENS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today hosted the ribbon-cutting for the newly-restored “Women’s Plaza in Queens”, a public space dedicated to the women of Queens. The plaza is located at the northeast corner of Union Turnpike and Queens Boulevard, adjacent to Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. “Queens has been home to so many […]

COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS’ “PROJECT: BACK TO SCHOOL” BACKPACK AND SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE RETURNS TO BOROUGH HALL

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QUEENS, NY – As part of her commitment to getting the school year off to a good start for all children, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is encouraging members of the public to once again donate backpacks and other school supplies to homeless children as part of “Project: Back to School,” an annual initiative organized by […]

FIRST LADY CHIRLANE MCCRAY AND QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT MELINDA KATZ ANNOUNCE 1,000 NEW PORTABLE “KATZ’S CRADLES” FOR QUEENS FAMILIES AS PART OF THE CITY’S SAFE SLEEP CAMPAIGN

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Katz’s Cradles is an expansion of the City’s commitment to reduce sleep-related injuries among infants NEW YORK—First Lady Chirlane McCray and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz were joined today at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens by Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and ACS Commissioner David A. Hansell to announce the donation of 1,000 new Pack […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR THE 2017 “KATZ CONCERT SERIES”

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Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Throughout Queens QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and NYC Parks, today announced the full schedule of the third annual “Katz Concert Series”, a slate of free outdoor concerts scheduled this summer at various locations throughout Queens. “Summers are all about free […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON SPECTRUM SERVICE OUTAGE IN QUEENS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the massive Spectrum service disruption that reportedly affected 60,000 customers’ access to internet, cable and phone in Queens: “Spectrum neglected to properly inform tens of thousands of their customers about this massive outage until 12 hours after it began. The […]

NEXT STOP FOR “CITY HALL IN YOUR BOROUGH” IS QUEENS

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NEW YORK- Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced “City Hall in Your Borough” will land in Queens on Monday, July 17. This will be the initiative’s third stop, following Staten Island and the Bronx. Mayor de Blasio, deputy mayors, and senior Administration officials will run the city from Queens […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON PRESENCE OF ICE AGENTS OUTSIDE HUMAN TRAFFICKING INTERVENTION COURTROOM

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about news reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were present yesterday at the Queens County Criminal Courts seeking a young woman in the Human Trafficking Intervention Courtroom: “Trafficked sex workers are exploited victims, not criminals. The double victimization of these […]

QUEENS TO HOLD UPCOMING PUBLIC FORUM ON “WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET A CITY-ISSUED SUMMONS”

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  QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Representative Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Stavisky, State Assemblymember Ron Kim, City Councilmember Peter Koo, Queens Community Board 7, the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) and local community organizations today announced an upcoming public forum on Thursday, June 8 in Downtown Flushing on […]

2017 “ONLY IN QUEENS SUMMER FESTIVAL” TO FEATURE FREE SummerStage CONCERT STARRING GEORGE CLINTON AND MORE

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    Sunday, June 11 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park  QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with City Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Parks, City Parks Foundation, NYC & Company Foundation, Delta Air Lines and Resorts World Casino New York City, today announced details of the 2017 “Only in Queens Summer Festival” which […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON SELECTION OF PERMANENT PRINCIPAL AT TOWNSEND HARRIS HIGH SCHOOL

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the New York City Schools Chancellor’s selection of a permanent principal at Townsend Harris High School: “Deep unrest over the principal selection process has upended the entire Townsend Harris High School community since September. The long-awaited resolution is welcome news, and the entire school […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES 354 APPOINTMENTS TO QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the appointments of 354 individuals to serve two-year terms on their respective Community Boards. 77 of the 354 appointees are first-time members who have never before served on a Community Board but have demonstrated both an understanding of the community’s needs and a commitment to serving […]

QUEENS HAULS 1000 EASTER HAMS

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Borough President Katz Partners with Stop & Shop to Donate 1000 Easter Hams to Local Queens Organizations QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Stop & Shop, with help from students of I.S. 93Q, today unloaded 1,000 Easter hams off an 18-wheeler in front of Borough Hall, donated in time for preparations for […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ SPONSORING LUNAR NEW YEAR PHOTO CONTEST

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QUEENS, NY – In celebration of the spirit of Lunar New Year, Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she is holding a photo contest in which individuals will be invited to submit photos that best encapsulate the holiday. “Lunar New Year is a joyous event in which hundreds of thousands of Queens residents recognize their […]

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE DETENTIONS OF TRAVELERS AT JFK AIRPORT

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, who was on-site over the weekend and received briefings by lawyers about the status of previously detained individuals, stated the following about the situation at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queens: “I commend the attorneys and the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit who spent the past three […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ OUTLINES MILESTONES, CHALLENGES, VISION FOR QUEENS

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2017 State of the Borough Theme: “The Borough of Growth, The Borough of Families” Urges Re-Opening in Queens of Federal Citizenship Office; Borough-Wide Plan for Bike Lanes Proposes Soccer and Hockey Stadium at Willets Point Site; ULURP for NYC Hotel Permits; Parks Designed for Seniors  JAMAICA, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her third annual […]

U.S. REP. GREGORY MEEKS, BP MELINDA KATZ URGE USCIS TO RE-OPEN CITIZENSHIP/IMMIGRATION OFFICE IN QUEENS

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QUEENS, NY – U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks and Borough President Melinda Katz today reiterated their call for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to re-open its Queens Field Office, which has been closed since it was displaced from its full-service Long Island City site to Lower Manhattan two years ago. Borough President Katz also proposed […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications from qualified and community-minded individuals who want to serve on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in considering land use and zoning matters. Community boards also contribute to public dialogue by holding hearings and issuing recommendations about the city budget, […]

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S PLAN FOR JFK OVERHAUL

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Borough President Melinda Katz responds to questions about plans to overhaul John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queens, unveiled earlier today by Governor Andrew Cuomo: “As the home to both New York City airports, Queens has become the borough of growth while still remaining the borough of families. Governor Cuomo today unveiled a bold, […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON C-30 HIRING PROCESS FOR TOWNSEND HARRIS HS PRINCIPAL

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz responds to questions about the Chancellor’s Regulation C-30 process (“C-30 process”) – the Chancellor’s official principal hiring process – underway at the prestigious Townsend Harris High School (Townsend Harris): “Townsend Harris is one of the city’s top-ranking, high-performing schools and a source of tremendous pride here in Queens,” […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON CHANGES TO DISTRICT 30 G&T PROGRAMS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about recently imposed changes by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to the District 30 Gifted & Talented (G&T) Middle School enrollment process, effectively discontinuing the automatic articulation for K-8 schools into the middle school G&T program: “Parents make […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON APPLICATIONS BY FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES TO RENT FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK IN SUMMER 2017

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about applications recently filed by for-profit organizations with the City to shut down major portions of Flushing Meadows Corona Park from the public in order to accommodate paid-admission events in Summer 2017; the City has until December 19 to approve such […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE PASSING OF SHIMON PERES

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following on the passing of Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister, President and Foreign Minister of Israel: “He was a leader of global renown and respect, and the world deeply mourns the loss of such a treasured visionary for peace. His legacy is rooted in his unwavering […]

BP KATZ ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING NAZMA KHANAM’S MURDER

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to Wednesday night’s murder of Nazma Khanam: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Nazma Khanam, who was senselessly murdered on Wednesday while she was walking home on Normal Road in Jamaica Hills while wearing traditional Muslim dress. […]

COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS’ “PROJECT: BACK TO SCHOOL” BACKPACK AND SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE RETURNS TO BOROUGH HALL

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QUEENS, NY –  With the beginning of the school year fast approaching, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is encouraging members of the public to once again donate backpacks and other school supplies to homeless children as part of “Project: Back to School,” an annual initiative organized by the Coalition for the Homeless. “More than 83,000 […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ NAMES NEW GENERAL COUNSEL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS & TOURISM DIRECTOR

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  QUEENS, NY – Borough President Katz announced the appointments of Angelina Martinez-Rubio as General Counsel to the Borough President and Jennifer Walden Weprin as the Borough President’s Director of Cultural Affairs & Tourism. “My team at Borough Hall will be stronger still with the addition of Angelina and Jennifer, two professionals who both share […]

IDNYC ENROLLMENT CENTER RETURNS TO QUEENS BOROUGH HALL

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For a Limited Time, By Appointment Only QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced that Queens Borough Hall once again serves as an IDNYC “Pop-Up” Enrollment Center now through August 5, where New York City residents age 14 and older can apply for a free IDNYC municipal ID card, regardless of immigration status. […]

OFFICIALS LAUD DOE’S WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSAL TO CO-LOCATE HIGH SCHOOL WITHIN I.S. 109Q

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman, Councilmembers Barry Grodenchik, Daniel Dromm, and I. Daneek Miller stated the following in response to the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE’s) withdrawal of its proposal to co-locate a new charter high school at I.S. 109Q Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School, an […]

UPDATED DETAILS ON JUNE 26 “ONLY IN QUEENS” SUMMER FESTIVAL

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Free Family-Friendly Activities and SummerStage Concert in Flushing Meadows Corona Park QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with NYC Parks, NYC & Company Foundation and Delta Air Lines, unveiled further details about the upcoming “Only in Queens” Summer Festival to take place on Sunday, June 26 from 1:00 – 8:00 PM in […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ALLOCATES MILLIONS TO THE BOROUGH’S CUNY INSTITUTIONS

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Public Investments Toward Capital Upgrades to Keep CUNY Colleges in Queens Competitive QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced an allocation of $3.64 million of her Fiscal Year 2017 discretionary capital dollars to fund projects at four of the City University of New York (CUNY) public institutions of higher learning in Queens. The funding will […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ALLOCATES $13MM TOWARD QUEENS LIBRARY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

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Critical Funding to Improve Centers of Lifelong Learning QUEENS, NY –Borough President Melinda Katz announced a $13 million allocation of her FY 2017 discretionary capital funds to pay for important expansions, renovations and enhancements at Queens Library branches located throughout the borough. “Queens Library’s locations serve as centers of lifelong learning and enrichment,’ said Borough […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ UNVEILS LINEUP FOR THE 2016 KATZ CONCERT SERIES

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Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Throughout Queens QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the talent lineup for this year’s “Katz Concert Series”, a slate of free outdoor concerts this summer at various locations throughout Queens. “Beginning with the ‘Only in Queens’ Summer Festival on June 26, free outdoor concerts will fill the borough […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ SECURES FULL FUNDING FOR SOUTH HOLLIS LIBRARY CAPITAL UPGRADES

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$8.25MM Project for State-of-the-Art Interior Renovation   QUEENS, NY – Borough President Katz and Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, joined by elected officials, community leaders and Friends of the South Hollis Library, today announced capital investments for planned renovations and significant upgrades at the South Hollis Community Library. The renovation will include new […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ SECURES FULL FUNDING TO BUILD FIRST BOROUGHWIDE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL IN QUEENS

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$1.5MM Capital Comes on Top of Earlier $500,000 Allocation as City Councilmember QUEENS, NY – At the Memorial Day Observance Ceremony this morning at Borough Hall, Borough President Melinda Katz announced that the long-awaited Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial project – the first boroughwide memorial to honor all Queens residents who died while serving in the […]

OFFICIALS TO NYC DOE: DON’T GIVE UP ON I.S. 109

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Electeds Urge “No” on Proposal to Co-Locate High School in Existing I.S. 109 District Middle School QUEENS, NY – In advance of the upcoming Panel for Education Policy (PEP) vote next week, Borough President Melinda Katz, Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman, Councilmembers Daniel Dromm, Barry Garodnick and I. Daneek Miller stated the following about […]

RESTORATION PROJECT OF PLAZA FOUNTAIN AT BOROUGH HALL BEGINS

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Site to Host Tribute to Women of Queens, Public Space Designed to be Enhanced and Utilized by All QUEENS, NY – Restoration work began this week on the long-neglected, fenced-in fountain located in the plaza on the corner of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike, at the edge of the grounds of Queens Borough Hall. The […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON MAYOR’S FY 2017 EXECUTIVE BUDGET

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$70mm for New 116th Precinct, $292mm for Queensboro Bridge, $357mm for Water Tunnel No. 3, $778mm for Southeast Queens Sewer System QUEENS, NY –Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following regarding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s FY 2017 Executive Budget, which includes $70 million for the creation of a new NYPD 116th Precinct, $292 million to […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES 318 APPOINTMENTS TO QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

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Moves Boards Toward “Healthier Balance” of Experience, New Voices and Proportional Representation QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced 318 appointments issued this month to serve two-year terms on their respective Community Boards. 56 of the appointments are first-time members who have never before served on a Community Board but have demonstrated both an […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ UPDATES COMMUNITY BOARD 12 ON COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS

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Credits Leadership Council for Milestones of Jamaica NOW Action Plan Reached Since its Launch One Year Ago Allocates $7mm in Capital Toward Planned Renovations and Expansion of Baisley Park Community Library QUEENS, NY – During remarks at last night’s meeting of Community Board 12, Borough President Melinda Katz provided updates on recent investments into the […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ALLOCATES $1 MILLION TO BUILD NEW GYM AND FITNESS SPACE FOR AUTISTIC KIDS

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Critical Funding to Expand Facility and Programs in Queens QUEENS, NY – In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2), Borough President Melinda Katz today announced a $1 million allocation of her Fiscal Year 2017 discretionary capital funds toward the construction of a new, 3,800 square-foot “Center for Physical Achievement” gymnasium and fitness space […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE PASSING OF COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA

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QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the passing of former Deputy Mayor and FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta: “Nicholas Scoppetta was the very embodiment of what it means to be a true public servant. During his more than four decades in government, Commissioner Scoppetta put his […]

QUEENS BOROUGH HALL UNVEILS FIRST, NEWLY OPENED SATELLITE OFFICE FOR MAYOR’S OFFICE OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

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Honoring Veterans by Offering Easier Access to Services and Benefits  QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs (MOVA) Commissioner Loree Sutton, joined by State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Assemblymember Michael DenDekker, City Councilmembers Eric Ulrich, Donovan Richards and Queens veterans, unveiled the newly opened MOVA Satellite Office located inside […]

INTERNATIONAL IDEAS COMPETITION FOR FUTURE USE OF THE ICONIC NEW YORK STATE PAVILION LAUNCHES 

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Leading Preservation Organization and People for the Pavilion to Host Pop-Up Community Events to Capture Creative Reuse Ideas for Queens Landmark Washington (March 9, 2016) – The National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion are today announcing an international ideas competition to solicit imaginative and creative input for how the New York […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ, QUEENS INTERNATIONAL NIGHT MARKET AND NYC SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES TO HOST “NIGHT MARKET SERIES” OF FREE BUSINESS SEMINARS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

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Open to Vendors Interested in the Night Market or in Starting a Business in NYC QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with the Queens International Night Market and the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), will host a series of three free seminars in March for vendors interested in the […]

CITY DENIES ALL CURRENT APPLICATIONS BY FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES TO HOLD LARGE-SCALE PAID-ADMISSION CONCERTS IN FLUSHING MEADOWS-CORONA PARK

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BP Katz: “Fair to All Applicants, Allows City to Establish Official Policy, Criteria and Process for Community Input” QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s denial of all current applications by for-profit companies to hold paid-admission music festivals […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON COMMUNITY BOARDS

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QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications from qualified and community-minded individuals who want to serve on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in considering land use and zoning matters. Community boards also contribute to public dialogue by holding hearings and issuing recommendations about […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ NAMES VICKY MORALES CASELLA AS NEW DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY BOARDS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Katz announced the appointment of Veronica “Vicky Morales” Casella as Director of Community Boards. Casella succeeds former Director of Community Boards Barry Grodenchik, who was elected to the New York City Council in November 2015. Casella will also serve as Borough President Katz’s Director of Parks & Recreation and Director […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO DELIVER “STATE OF THE BOROUGH” ADDRESS

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Thursday, January 21, 2016   QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will deliver her annual “State of the Borough” address, which will include milestones reached in the past years as well as her vision and plans for the future of the borough. The event is open to the public, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ RECOMMENDS DISAPPROVAL OF ZONING PROPOSALS

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Seniors, Parking, Prior Contextual Rezonings and Skilled Labor Commitments Chief Among Concerns QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz issued her recommendations to disapprove the proposed “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” (ZQA) and “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” (MIH) zoning text amendments. In her recommendations, the former Chair of the New York City Council Land Use Committee […]

QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD REJECTS ZONING PROPOSALS

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QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board voted 12-2-6 this evening to disapprove both the proposed “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” (ZQA) and “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” (MIH) zoning text amendments. Queens is the first of the five boroughs to vote on the items. The texts of the Queens Borough Board’s recommendations are attached. Borough President […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ PRESENTS CITATIONS TO QUEENS RESIDENTS WHO HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE 2016 RIO GAMES

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World’s Borough Salutes Jennifer Wu and Tahl Leibovitz, Among First Americans to Qualify QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz presented Citations of Honor today to two Queens residents who are among the first Americans to qualify for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Borough President Katz welcomed table tennis […]

BP KATZ TO QUEENS RESIDENTS: “HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE”

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Renders Borough Hall Available to Assist Residents with HEAP Application QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced that residents in need of financial assistance to help heat their homes this winter are encouraged to come to her office at Queens Borough Hall to apply for help from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) starting […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON PROPOSALS TO RENT FLUSHING MEADOWS-CORONA PARK

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about applications filed by for-profit organizations recently with the City to shut down major portions of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to the public in order to accommodate paid-admission events next summer: “Queens is increasingly becoming a premier destination for entertainment, culture and […]

BP KATZ THANKS THE METS FOR THEIR AMAZIN’ SEASON

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the conclusion of the 2015 World Series: “Thanks to the New York Mets for this Amazin’ season, which produced a well-deserved National League championship as a result of their excellent play and the smart mid-season trades made by the team’s front office. […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE METS’ NLCS WIN

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the New York Mets winning the National League Championship Series (NLCS): “Congratulations to the New York Mets on this victory in the National League Championship Series. The Amazins played with true grit, determination and heart – trademarks of every New Yorker – in clinching […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON MTA’S THREAT TO SLASH FUNDING

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA’s) threat to slash funding for New York City transit projects from the capital plan, in advance of the MTA Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow: “It is astonishing to me that the MTA would threaten to […]

BP KATZ HOSTS DROP-OFF SITE FOR COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS’ “PROJECT: BACK TO SCHOOL” BACKPACK AND SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

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QUEENS, NY – With the start of the school year around the corner, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz encourages members of the public to donate backpacks and school supplies to homeless children as part of “Project: Back to School,” an annual initiative organized by the Coalition for the Homeless. “About 87,000 New York City schoolkids live […]

DDENDYL FROM NBC’S “THE VOICE” TO PERFORM IN THE ROCKAWAYS

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Thursday, August 27 QUEENS, NY – Americana and Blues singer Ddendyl of the 2014 season of NBC’s “The Voice” will be the featured artist on Thursday, August 27 in Tribute Park in Rockaway Park. The performance is free and open to the public as part of the Queens Borough President’s “Katz Concert Series” and in […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ALLOCATES $32 MILLION TO QUEENS’ PARKS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $32 million of her Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary capital funds for important construction, renovations and upgrades across 37 public parks in Queens. Queens is the largest borough of five in the City of New York with 7,273 acres of parkland, which amounts to just […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ, QUEENS CENTER TO DISTRIBUTE BACKPACKS TO SCHOOLKIDS AT NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENTS IN QUEENS

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Tuesday, August 4 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens Center will distribute free backpacks and school supplies to schoolchildren at several National Night Out events this evening starting at 5:15pm at the 112th Precinct’s event in MacDonald Park (Queens Boulevard Service Road and Yellowstone Boulevard). “The new school year is right around the […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ALLOCATES $14 MILLION FOR QUEENS LIBRARY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

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Important Expansions, Renovations and Technology Across 12 Branches QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $14 million of her Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary capital funds for important expansions, renovations and technology across 12 library branches throughout the borough. “The millions of families who rely on the Queens Library services deserve nothing […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON AIRPORT ADVISORY PANEL RECOMMENDATIONS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the recommendations released today by the Governor’s Airport Advisory Panel, on which Borough President Katz serves: “This is an important juncture for Queens. Infrastructure upgrades are critical to the economic engines of our borough and our city and to remain competitive. With the recommendations by […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON FINDINGS OF COMPTROLLER’S AUDIT AND INVESTIGATION INTO QUEENS LIBRARY FINANCES BETWEEN FY2008-2014

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the City Comptroller’s audit and investigative report on the Queens Library’s finances between Fiscal Years 2008-2014: “The Comptroller’s audit and investigative reports confirm some deeply disturbing suspicions of the Library’s prior management, and I am pleased the findings will be […]

OVER 1,000 NEW YORKERS ENROLL FOR IDNYC CARD AT QUEENS BOROUGH HALL

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Borough President Katz Extends IDNYC Temporary Pop-Up Enrollment Center Through July 10 QUEENS, NY – Over 1,000 New Yorkers have enrolled for the IDNYC municipal ID card at the temporary pop-up enrollment center since it first opened at Queens Borough Hall on June 2. Originally scheduled to be up for two weeks, Borough President Melinda […]

BP KATZ ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING SUPREME COURT DECISION ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the right to same-sex marriage: “Today’s Supreme Court decision guaranteeing the right of same–sex couples to marry is a resounding victory for the principle of equal protection under the law,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES APPOINTEES TO JAMAICA NOW LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

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Members to Oversee Implementation of Jamaica Now Action Plan Blueprint for Area Growth QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced her appointees to the Jamaica Now Leadership Council, a new group created by the Borough President to oversee and evaluate efforts to unleash Jamaica’s vast potential for economic growth. The Leadership Council will […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ PRESENTS “2015 KATZ CONCERT SERIES”

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced the “2015 Katz Concert Series” made up of free outdoor concerts this summer at various locations throughout Queens. “From Reggae to Motown, this summer is sure to be a musical and vibrant one here in Queens,” said Borough President KATZ. “All residents and visitors are welcome and […]

MARIA LISELLA IS THE NEW QUEENS POET LAUREATE

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today swore-in Astoria resident and Queens-native Maria Lisella as the new Queens Poet Laureate. “We received applications from 30 accomplished poets and the task of narrowing those applications down to five finalists and then to a single winner was a difficult one, but we felt Maria Lisella stood […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO SWEAR IN 339 COMMUNITY BOARD MEMBERS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will swear in 63 newly appointed community board members and 276 reappointed during a ceremony to be held Monday, June 8th, at 6 p.m. in the New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The 339 members were appointed by Borough President […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST FREE QUEENS WORKSHOP ON APPLYING FOR STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

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QUEENS, NY –Borough President Melinda Katz today announced a free training workshop on June 11 on accessing multiple economic development funding sources through one streamlined grant application process. Queens’ local businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, economic development officials and members of the public are encouraged to participate. “As Queens continues to grow and build capacity, we […]

IDNYC CARD ENROLLMENT CENTER TO OPEN AT QUEENS BOROUGH HALL

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For Limited Time, By Appointment Only   QUEENS, NY – Due to tremendous demand for the IDNYC card, Borough President Melinda Katz announced Queens Borough Hall will serve as an IDNYC Pop Up Enrollment Center from June 2 – 16. All New York City residents age 14 and older are qualified to apply for an […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ APPROVES ZONING AMENDMENT TO REMOVE BARRIERS THAT HAVE SLOWED POST-SANDY RECOVERY PROCESS

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Amendment the Result of BP Katz’s Hurricane Relief Task Force and de Blasio Administration’s Build it Back Overhaul, Which Prioritized Interagency Collaboration and Community Engagement to Accelerate the Recovery QUEENS, NY – Borough President Katz issued an approval of  the Citywide Flood Resilience text amendment – proposed by the Department of City Planning, the Department […]

NEW PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MEASURES INSTALLED ON 147th AVENUE BETWEEN GAME FIELDS OF ROSEDALE LITTLE LEAGUE

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New Mid-Block Signal, Crosswalk, Lane Markings to Improve Safety for Children and Families QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), elected officials, community leaders, families and young players of the Rosedale Little League unveiled the newly-installed measures to improve pedestrian safety along heavily trafficked 147th Avenue between […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ SECURES FUNDING FOR NEW PRE-K PROGRAM AT QUEENS LIBRARY IN NYCHA RAVENSWOOD HOUSES

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced the allocation of discretionary capital funding to create a new, free, full-day pre-K program at the Ravenswood Community Library located in the NYCHA Ravenswood Houses at 35-32 21st Street. The new pre-K program would add 36 seats to School District 30, which has one of the largest pre-K […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE PASSING OF NYPD POLICE OFFICER BRIAN MOORE

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QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about NYPD Police Officer Brian Moore of the 105th Precinct’s Anti-Crime Unit, who passed away this afternoon in Jamaica, Queens: “This was an unprovoked attack and cold-blooded murder of Police Officer Brian Moore, one of our City’s Finest, in the line of duty.  We […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ: “JUVENILE PRISONS ARE TOO CLOSE TO HOME; WE NEED SCHOOLS, NOT PRISONS”

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Supports “Close to Home” Mission but Urges Alternative Locations Outside of Residential QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the Administration for Children’s Services’ (ACS’) Fair Share Analysis for a proposed plan to site a limited secure placement facility in the heavily residential neighborhood of South […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST TAX LIEN ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP

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Ensuring Neighborhood Stability Through One-on-One Service for Owners to Protect Their Homes, Properties, Credit Offers Opportunity to Address Debts Owed to City and Avoid Private Debt Collector Before Deadline QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced an upcoming workshop at Queens Borough Hall to help homeowners and other property owners who may be […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ RELEASES DIRECTORY OF IMMIGRANT SERVICES

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User-friendly Informational Resource for Borough’s Diverse Immigrant Communities QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in honor of “New York City Immigrant Heritage Week,” today announced the release of the Queens’ “Immigration Task Force Directory of Services”, which was prepared by the Task Force in conjunction with her Office of Immigrant and Intercultural Affairs. “The […]

DE BLASIO ADMINISTRATION AND BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PLAN FOR JAMAICA, QUEENS

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City Unveils Aggressive and Holistic Plan to Stimulate Smart Growth and Improve Livability in Jamaica NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen today announced the launch of the Jamaica Now Action Plan, which outlines 21 strategic actions for the revitalization and growth of […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON CITY’S PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE OR REDUCE PARKING REQUIREMENTS FOR AFFORDABLE AND SENIOR HOUSING

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QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the preliminary proposal to eliminate or reduce parking spot requirements for any affordable and/or senior housing, as presented by the Department of City Planning to the Borough Board last night: “Serious concerns were raised by the Queens Borough Board. […]

NEW SAFETY, MOBILITY MEASURES FOR FLUSHING COMMONS CONSTRUCTION VICINITY

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Additional NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agents, New Left-Turn Lane, New Markings Designed to Enhance Safety and Traffic Flow in Downtown Core QUEENS, NY – At a meeting of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s Flushing Commons Task Force this afternoon, NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced several new measures to enhance pedestrian safety and […]

BP KATZ SUBMITS QUEENS’ FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET PRIORITIES TO MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

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Recommendations Seek to Address the Borough’s Longstanding Issues QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz submitted to the Mayor and City Council recommendations for the expense and capital budget priorities that the Borough President and her fellow members of the Queens Borough Board want to see included in the City’s adopted budget for Fiscal Year […]

PARENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING ON COMMON CORE

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Wednesday, March 18th QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a regular meeting of the Queens Parent Advisory Board. This month’s meeting will focus on the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE’s) implementation of the Common Core learning standards, about which many parents have expressed concerns. DOE representatives will give a presentation […]

BP KATZ ANNOUNCES OPEN CALL FOR NEXT QUEENS POET LAUREATE

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Promoting a Love of Poetry and Literacy in Queens QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with Queens College and Queens Library, has launched an open call for applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate, a prestigious three-year position charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough. Applicants for […]

BP KATZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCILS

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Borough President to Appoint Members to Important Education Policy Advisory Bodies QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications from qualified community- and education-minded individuals to serve as a 2015-2017 Borough President Appointee to the Queens’ Community Education Councils (CECs). CECs allow for parent involvement at the Community School District level and […]

BP KATZ ON CB9 DECISION TO STEAMROLL DISTRICT MANAGER SELECTION PROCESS DESPITE PUBLIC’S CONCERNS

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QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about Community Board 9’s decision to proceed with its District Manager search and selection process this evening despite the public’s concerns raised in recent weeks: “Public confidence in how Community Boards operate is not something to be dismissed by its […]

BP KATZ HOSTS CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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Outstanding community members and talented college scholarship winners were recognized QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz hosted a celebration of Black History Month last night (Monday, February 23) in the Faculty Dining Room of York College, located at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica. “Black History Month gives us an opportunity to learn […]

PUBLIC HEARING ON QUEENS BUDGET PRIORITIES

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will chair an upcoming Queens Borough Board public hearing on the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Expense and Capital Budgets. The public hearing will be held at Queens Borough Hall (Room 200), 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens this Monday, February 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. The Queens […]

BP KATZ NAMES MELVA M. MILLER AS DEPUTY BOROUGH PRESIDENT

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Katz announced the appointment of Melva Miller as Deputy Borough President, effective today.  Miller succeeds former Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie who began his term as New York State Senator earlier this year. “Economic development is a key priority of my agenda for Queens, and Melva’s multidimensional expertise to this […]

LARGEST NYC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON TRACK FOR RELIEF FROM CHRONIC OVERCROWDING

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Decades-Old Rusty School Trailers at P.S. 19 in Corona to be Removed New Physical Addition to School Building Slated for Construction QUEENS, NY – Parents, elected and city officials today together announced plans underway to permanently expand capacity that’s been long overdue at overcrowded P.S. 19Q in Corona, the largest elementary school in New York […]

PUBLIC HEARING ON QUEENS BUDGET PRIORITIES

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will chair an upcoming Borough Board public hearing on the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Expense and Capital Budgets. The public hearing will be held in Room 200 on the second floor of Queens Borough Hall (located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens) on Monday, February 23, 2015, […]

BP KATZ ON THE INAUGURATION OF SENATOR LEROY COMRIE

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz issued the following statement in recognition of former Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie’s inauguration today as a New York State Senator: “Leroy Comrie is an exceptional public servant with a tireless work ethic and a proven track record of working on behalf of the interests of his constituents,” Borough President […]

STATEMENT FROM BP KATZ ON THE DEATH OF MARIO CUOMO

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QUEENS, NY —  “Former Governor Mario Cuomo was a giant of New York politics who devoted his life to public service. As governor, he used his considerable intelligence and leadership ability to advance an agenda to help all New Yorkers live better, more prosperous lives.  He was also an incredible speaker and a powerful, nationally recognized […]

BP KATZ TO AWARD AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIPS

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Talented high school seniors can earn monetary awards to help cover academic expenses QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she is inviting talented Queens high school seniors who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education to apply for the African American Heritage Scholarships that will be awarded early next year by the Borough […]

BP KATZ ON KILLING OF TWO POLICE OFFICERS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the killing of two NYPD police officers today: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of two of NYPD’s Finest, Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were murdered today on our streets. Our officers deserve respect for their devotion and the dangers they […]

BP KATZ ON TERMINATION OF QUEENS LIBRARY’S FORMER PRESIDENT/CEO

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about today’s vote by the Queens Borough Public Library’s Board of Trustees to permanently remove Thomas Galante, the Library’s former President and CEO: “Tonight’s action further restores public faith and trust in the management of the Queens Library,” Borough President Katz said. “The reformed Board […]

STATEMENTS FROM BOROUGH PRESIDENTS ADAMS, BREWER, DIAZ, KATZ AND ODDO ON THEIR FCRC VOTE TO EXPAND PUBLIC WIFI ACCESS IN NEW YORK CITY

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.: “Throughout this process my office, my colleagues in the other boroughs and Comptroller Scott Stringer raised serious concerns about the proposed ‘LinkNYC’ WiFi program. We are grateful to this administration, especially the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, for listening to our concerns and working with our offices to […]

PARENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING ON G&T PROGRAM

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a regular meeting of the Queens Parent Advisory Board on Wednesday, December 10. This month’s topic will be the Department of Education’s (DOE’s) Gifted and Talented (G&T) Program and include guest speakers from the DOE. WHAT: Queens Parent Advisory Board Meeting About G&T Program WHERE: Queens […]

BP KATZ ON GRAND JURY DECISION IN DEATH OF ERIC GARNER

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the grand jury’s decision today in the death of Eric Garner: “My heart and prayers are with the family of Eric Garner, especially with his surviving six children. There is immeasurable value to every life and gravity in any loss of it. […]

COMPTROLLER STRINGER AND BOROUGH PRESIDENTS DIAZ, ADAMS, BREWER, KATZ AND ODDO CALL FOR FIVE BOROUGH BROADBAND BILL OF RIGHTS ON PUBLIC WI-FI AGREEMENT

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New York, NY-On Wednesday, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. along with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo outlined a Five Borough Broadband Bill of Rights to improve Internet speeds […]

BP KATZ ON MTA FARE INCREASE PROPOSALS

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Pay-More-For-Status-Quo Approach Short-Sighted, Limits Economic Vitality and Growth QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA’s) latest fare and toll increase proposals, which will be presented at a Public Hearing tonight at 6:00 p.m. at York College in Queens: “It’s hard to justify any fare increase that […]

BP KATZ TO HOST WORKSHOP FOR NONPROFITS ON DIVERSITY TRAINING AND GOVERNANCE

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in conjunction with the NonProfit HelpDesk (NPHD), is hosting a two-part, no-cost training workshop entitled “Taking Your NonProfit to the Next Level” to help empower organizations with knowledge and skills for success. “Nonprofit organizations provide valuable services to people of The World’s Borough,” Borough President Katz said. “Oftentimes, […]

BP KATZ TO HOST PTA WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS TO ENHANCE INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOLS

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“Strong PTAs Make Strong Schools” QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will host a workshop for Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) as well as for parents interested in becoming more involved in their schools. “Without a doubt, the stronger the PTA, the stronger the school,” Queens Borough President Katz said.  “As a mom of two young […]

BP KATZ GATHERS PUBLIC INPUT ON THE FUTURE OF JAMAICA, QUEENS

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Hundreds of Neighborhood Stakeholders Help Shape Jamaica Action Plan as Part of BP Katz Initiative QUEENS, NY – Several hundred local stakeholders participated in the Jamaica Planning Initiative Conference on Saturday, November 22, offering significant ideas and insights to help shape the Initiative’s Jamaica Action Plan, a blueprint for economic growth and development in the […]

BP KATZ TO QUEENS RESIDENTS: “HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE”

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BP Katz Renders Her Office Available Mon-Thu to Assist Residents with HEAP Application QUEENS, NY – With the first cold snap of the season sending shivers throughout the city, Borough President Melinda Katz announced that residents in need of financial assistance to help heat their homes this winter are encouraged to come to her office […]

BP KATZ DENOUNCES TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following regarding yesterday’s terror attack in Jerusalem:   “I am terribly saddened by the horrific terror attack at a place of worship this morning in Jerusalem.  Such acts of senseless violence warrant international condemnation.  My deepest condolences and prayers are with the families and loved ones […]

STATEMENT FROM QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT MELINDA KATZ ON THE ASTORIA COVE PROJECT REZONING APPLICATION

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“Responsible Development That Queens Can Be Proud Of” QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, former Chair of the City Council Land Use Committee, stated the following in response to questions about the Committee’s approval this afternoon of the Astoria Cove project’s rezoning application: “The modified Astoria Cove proposal is consistent with Queens’ commitment to […]

“THE WORLD’S BOROUGH” GETS NEW ROAD SIGNS WELCOMING DRIVERS TO QUEENS

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Dalila Hall, the Queens Borough Commissioner of the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT), unveiled new “Welcome to Queens” signs recently installed along major thoroughfares entering the Borough of Queens, “The World’s Borough.” Each of the new signs bears the slogan “The World’s Borough,” a phrase coined by Borough President […]

THE WORLD’S FAIR ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE, LED BY BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ AND ASSEMBLY WOMAN MARKEY, AND NYC PARKS ANNOUNCE THE CLOSING CELEBRATION OF THIS YEAR’S WORLD’S FAIR ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

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A six-month series of events to commemorate the World’s Fair anniversaries organized by the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee and NYC Parks will end with a concluding celebration on Sunday, October 19, that will feature a special free event: A World’s Fair Scavenger Hunt throughout Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The daylong October 19 celebration will kick-off […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST BUSINESS FORUMS FOR MILITARY VETERANS

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On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will host the first in a series of Veterans Business Forum sessions that will be held at Queens Borough Hall. The sessions are sponsored by the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) in an effort to help our nation’s military veterans succeed in the business world. […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ DENIES THE APPEALS OF FORMER QUEENS LIBRARY TRUSTEES AND ISSUES RESPONSE TO ARGUMENTS RAISED IN THEIR LAWSUIT

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In an effort to prevent further disruptions from interfering with the business of running the Queens Library, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she has denied the appeals of the six Trustees she removed from the Queens Library Board and has submitted a response in opposition to the lawsuit they filed seeking to be […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES DECISION TO REMOVE SIX MEMBERS OF THE QUEENS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she is removing six individuals from their positions on the Queens Library’s Board of Trustees.      Borough President Katz took this action because the six Trustees failed to act in a manner that furthered the educational purposes of the Queens Library (also known as the Queens Borough Public […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ THANKS THE MAYOR, THE SPEAKER AND THE CITY COUNCIL FOR ALLOCATING FUNDS TO BEGIN THE RESTORATION OF THE NEW YORK STATE PAVILION

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today commended Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the members of the City Council for agreeing to include more than $4.8 million for the restoration of the New York State Pavilion in the Capital Budget the City Council approved early this morning.     The funding from […]

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT MELINDA KATZ IS GREATLY DISAPPOINTED THE FISCAL YEAR 2015 EXPENSE BUDGET ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL EARLY THIS MORNING DOES NOT INCLUDING FUNDING THAT FOR A PERMANENT ROCKAWAY FERRY SERVICE.

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“The temporary Rockaway ferry now in operation has been a great boon for Rockaways residents seeking an easy commute to other parts of the City and for people from other parts of the City seeking to get to Rockaway Beach and its attractions,” Borough President Katz said. “In the short time since it was established […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ PRAISES ASSEMBLY FOR PASSING QUEENS LIBRARY REFORM BILL AND CALLS UPON SENATE TO ACT ON THE MEASURE

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today praised members of the state Assembly who yesterday voted 132 to 0 in favor of legislation that would reform the governance structure of the Queens Library and require the Library to adopt best practice reforms aimed at increasing the transparency of the Library’s operations.      The measure was introduced […]

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ALLOCATES $1.1 MILLION TO FUND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BOROUGH’S COMMERCIAL CORRIDORS

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the allocation of more than one million dollars in capital funds to pay for streetscape improvements along commercial corridors in several Queens neighborhoods.      The improvements are intended to enhance and revitalize commercial shopping districts in order to promote business development and investment in those areas and to […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ CO-HOSTS SUCCESSFUL WORLD’S FAIR ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, co-chair of the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee, helped preside over the well-attended World’s Fair Anniversary Festival held Sunday, May 18, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.        The free all-day event was held to commemorate the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the 1964 and 1939 World’s Fairs, which were held […]

QUEENS CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1964 WORLD’S FAIR WITH TOURS OF THE NEW YORK STATE PAVILION, AS IT IS DESIGNATED A “NATIONAL TREASURE”

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Approximately 2,500 people visit Pavilion during celebration NYC Parks’ Queens Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski today joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey and National Trust for Historic Preservation board member Paul Goldberger to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening ceremony of the 1964-65 World’s Fair and announce that Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s New […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ APPOINTS ANN KITTREDGE TO THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL FOR DISTRICT 28

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     Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she has appointed Ann Kittredge to a position on the Community Education Council (CEC) for Community School District 28.      Ms. Kittredge is the parent of public school children who attend P.S. 101Q and The Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School and has been a strong advocate for […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT MELINDA KATZ, ASSEMBLY MEMBER MARGARET MARKEY AND THE WORLD’S FAIR ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE SLATE OF EVENTS MARKING ANNIVERSARIES OF 1939 AND 1964 WORLD’S FAIRS

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     Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and state Assembly Member Margaret Markey, the co-chairs of the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee, today unveiled the schedule for a six-month series of events to celebrate the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the 1964 and 1939 World’s Fairs, which were held in what is now Flushing Meadows Corona […]

MEDIA ADVISORY: BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ, ASSEMBLY MEMBER MARKEY AND THE WORLD’S FAIR ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING SLATE OF EVENTS MARKING ANNIVERSARIES OF 1939 AND 1964 WORLD’S FAIRS

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and state Assembly Member Margaret Markey, the co-chairs of the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee, will host a press conference on Friday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. to announce the scheduling of a six-month series of events to celebrate the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the 1964 and 1939 World’s Fairs, […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ AND BOROUGH BOARD APPROVE PACKAGE OF EXPENSE AND CAPITAL BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR THECOMING FISCAL YEAR

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced today that the Borough Board has unanimously approved a package of expense and capital budget priorities that it wants to see included in the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2015.      The package is outlined in a document prepared by the Borough President’s budget staff and is intended to […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO TEAM UP WITH ELMHURST HOSPITAL TO SIGN UP QUEENS RESIDENTS FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE BEFORE MARCH 31 DEADLINE

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    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will be hosting a health care seminar during which Queens residents can get help signing up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act.      A group of multi-lingual health care “navigators” will use their laptops to help seminar attendees register for health insurance online. Navigators fluent in Spanish, Chinese […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ HOSTS FORMER BOROUGH PRESIDENT MARSHALL AND OTHER HONOREES AT HER INAUGURAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH EVENT

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hosted her first African American Heritage Month Event as Borough President on Tuesday, February 25 in Queens Borough Hall.     The highlight of the event was the awarding of Citations of Honor to four distinguished African Americans who were recognized for their outstanding achievements in public service, arts, culture and […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ CHAIRS QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD’S ANNUAL BUDGET HEARING

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz chaired the Queens Borough Board’s annual budget hearing on Thursday, February 20, at Queens Borough Hall.      The hearing is an opportunity for local organizations to present their requests for City funding to the Borough Board.  The Board is comprised Borough President Katz, the City Council members representing Queens and […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TEAMS UP WITH JAMAICA AND ELMHURST HOSPITALS TO SIGN UP QUEENS RESIDENTS FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE BEFORE MARCH 31 DEADLINE

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     Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she will be hosting two informational seminars in early March that will help Queens residents learn more about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (the federal health care reform law commonly known as “ObamaCare”) and address their concerns about the Act. A multi-lingual group of […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ RECOMMENDS STEPS QUEENS LIBRARY TRUSTEES SHOULD TAKE TO IMPROVE GOVERNANCE AND OVERSIGHT OF THE INSTITUTION

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she has sent a letter to members of the Board of Trustees of the Queens Library that includes her recommendations about what steps they should take to improve the Library’s governance and oversight.      The Borough President sent the letter, dated February 18, after conducting a thorough review […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ SALUTES THE GREEK AMERICAN COMMUNITY AT HER INAUGURAL GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hosted her first Greek Independence Day Event as Borough President on Friday evening, March 14, in the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York Stathakion Center, located at 22-51 29th Street in Astoria.    State Senator Michael Gianaris, State Assembly member Aravella Simotas and City Council member Costa Constantinides […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ APPOINTS DEBORAH A. DILLINGHAM TO BE THE QUEENS REPRESENATIVE ON THE PANEL FOR EDUCATIONAL POLICY

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     Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she has appointed Deborah A. Dillingham of Forest Hills to be the Queens representative on the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP).      Ms. Dillingham has served the city’s educational system in several capacities, including as the Queens borough appointee to District 28’s Community Education Council, where […]

MEDIA ADVISORY: BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO PRESENT DONATED VALENTINE’S CARDS AND GIFTS TO VETERANS GROUP

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will be joined by local veterans as she presents representatives from the United War Veterans Council (UWVC) — the producers of the annual NYC Veterans Day Parade — with cards and gifts donated by members of the Queens community.      The presentation will take place Monday, February 10, at 3:00 […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ CALLS FOR GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND BETTER GOVERNANCE AT THE QUEENS LIBRARY IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz called for the Queens Library to take a fresh look at its policies, procedures and protocols and to allow for more transparency over its spending decisions during her testimony today before a City Council hearing called to investigate recent media reports about the Library’s financial practices.      The reports raised […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ SPONSORS EFFORT TO FILL TEMPORARY POSITIONS AT UPCOMING “CIRQUE DU SOLEIL” SHOWS AT CITI FIELD

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     Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is working in partnership with Adecco Staffing Company to fill about 200 temporary positions available at Cirque du Soleil’s performances of  “Amaluna,” a touring production that will appear at Citi Field this spring. The jobs will run from early March to mid-May and available positions include: ·         Ushers […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ PROMOTES HER VISION TO ACHIEVE ECOMONIC GROWTH DURING HER “MEET AND GREET” WITH QUEENS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz shared her vision on how to promote economic growth in Queens before an audience of small business owners and economic development leaders who attended her “Queens Small Business Meet and Greet” this morning in Queens Borough Hall.      During the event, Katz announced she is forming an economic development advisory […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ PARTCIPATES IN COUNCIL MEMBER VAN BRAMER’S RALLY TO PROTEST MTA’S PLANS TO DISRUPT 7 LINE SERVICE FOR UP TO 22 WEEKENDS

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     Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today participated in a rally that City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer, organized to protest the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plans to impose work-related service shutdowns on the Number 7 subway line for up to 22 weekends this year.      Katz and Councilmember Van Bramer were joined at the […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ENDORSES MAYOR DE BLASIO’S “VISION ZERO” INITIATIVE TO REDUCE CITYWIDE TRAFFIC DEATHS TO ZERO WITHIN TEN YEARS

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     Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, incoming NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley and Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Chief Operating Officer Conan Freud at a Woodside, Queens press conference during which Mayor de […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ VISITS SEVERAL QUEENS NEIGHBORHOODS DURING THE FIRST WEEKEND FOLLOWING HER INAUGURATION

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     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 […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES THAT NEW LOW-INCOME HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN JAMAICA IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced that Rufus King Court Apartments, an affordable housing development nearing completion Jamaica, is accepting applications from low income families interested in moving into the 46-unit building.      Developed by the Arker Companies of Floral Park, Rufus King Court Apartments will offer all of its units to eligible low […]

 
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