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STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF 32BJ SEIU PRESIDENT HECTOR FIGUEROA

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the passing of 32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa. “Hector Figueroa was a leader and a true champion of the rights ofworkers both in our city and our country. A lion of the labor movement, he was humble,  yet unapologetic when it came to fairness, […]

STATEMENT ON SCOTUS DECISION TO BLOCK CITIZENSHIP QUESTION FROM 2020 CENSUS

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block the federal government from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. “Queens maintains the citizenship question is discriminatory, especially as it was designed to weaponize the Census in order to dilute resources, […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ RECOMMENDS DISAPPROVAL OF CITY’S CURRENT BOROUGH-BASED JAIL PROPOSAL

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Reiterates Strong Support for Closing Rikers, Reform and Borough-Based Jails QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today issued her recommendations to disapprove the four related Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications in connection with the city’s proposed borough-based jail at 126-02 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens. In her recommendations, Borough President Katz […]

ON THE SUDDEN PASSING OF MICHAEL KATZ

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QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the sudden passing last night of her eldest brother, Michael Katz, at age 66: “Our family has lost our eldest brother who was full of life, energy and love. Words cannot express the deep grief of his unexpected passing. Thank you for respecting […]

STATEMENT ON AMAZON’S WITHDRAWAL OF HQ2 PLAN

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to Amazon’s announcement that it is withdrawing plans to build its second headquarters in Long Island City. “We all want jobs to come to Queens, and Amazon used the promise of job creation to extract major concessions for this project. But after last […]

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ: “AMAZON SHOULD HELP PAY FOR QBX”

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BP Katz Calls Upon Amazon to Help Pay for Construction of BQX with “Fair Fares” and Free Subway/Bus Transfers Also Urges Enhanced Service at Both LIRR Stations in LIC, New Municipal Parking QUEENS, NY  –  In light of the New York City Council’s upcoming series of hearings, Borough President Melinda Katz, former Chair of the […]

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ STATEMENT ON AMAZON

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the announcement today that Amazon will establish a new headquarters in Long Island City: “Long Island City – New York’s emerging tech hub – is ‘primed’ for Amazon. Amazon is a timely fit for the borough, given the Tech Plan we commissioned […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ BLASTS HOMELAND SECURITY’S PROPOSED CHANGE TO “PUBLIC CHARGE” INTERPRETATION

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Income Test is Vicious, Immoral Proposal Would Force Impossible Choice Upon Families QUEENS, NY – Queens, where immigrants make up nearly half of its 2.3 million residents, is the most diverse county in the country. Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule change that would […]

STATEMENT ON STATE’S DELAY IN RELEASING STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, a New York City public school parent, stated the following in response to the New York State Education Department’s prolonged delay in releasing standardized test scores to elementary and middle school students and their parents: “Junior high and high school open houses have now begun. For those applying, […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON LATEST DEVELOPMENTS TOWARD LEGALIZING MARIJUANA

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the latest developments toward the decriminalization, legalization and regulation of marijuana. The New York State Health Department announced yesterday that its study commissioned by Governor Andrew Cuomo six months ago will recommend the state legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. The Department also […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON NEW WILLETS POINT AGREEMENT

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about an agreement reached this week with the Queens Development Group on Phase 1 of Willets Point; the agreement includes the construction of 1,100 affordable apartments (including 221 for low-income seniors) and a brand new 450-seat public elementary school: “The City […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S PROPOSAL TO COMBAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

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QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s multi-pronged agenda that targets sexual harassment in the workplace: “A settlement should not compel silence in perpetuity and preclude further accountability for harassers enabled by that very silence. This multi-pronged proposal is a thoughtful, important step toward […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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. […]

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 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 […]

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. […]