QUEENS WEEK OF SERVICE

QUEENS WEEK OF SERVICE February 10-17, 2020 (Feb. 4, 2020) QUEENS, NY – The 14 Queens Community Boards and Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee will hold a boroughwide “Queens Week of Service” between February 10-17, 2020. “A true hallmark of our borough is the volunteerism and generosity so many Queens families exercise in service […]

BP LEE UNVEILS NEW PAID PARENTAL LEAVE POLICY FOR QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT’S OFFICE

BP LEE UNVEILS NEW PAID PARENTAL LEAVE POLICY FOR QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT’S OFFICE QBPO Parents Now Eligible For Up to 24 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave (Feb. 4, 2020) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced a new policy for all employees of the Queens Borough President’s Office (QBPO): 12 weeks […]

QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARD APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARD APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED New Deadline: Friday, March 13 (Feb. 4, 2020) QUEENS, NY – Acting Borough President Sharon Lee today announced an extension to the application deadline for qualified and civic-minded individuals interested in serving on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in considering land […]

PUBLIC HEARING ON QUEENS BUDGET PRIORITIES

PUBLIC HEARING ON QUEENS BUDGET PRIORITIES Wednesday, January 29 (Jan. 21, 2020) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hold a public hearing on the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2021 Preliminary Expense and Capital Budget on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, beginning at 10:00 AM at Queens Borough Hall, […]

QUEENS BOROUGH HALL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON COMMUNITY BOARDS

QUEENS BOROUGH HALL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON COMMUNITY BOARDS Deadline: Friday, January 31 (Jan. 10, 2020) QUEENS, NY – Acting Borough President Sharon Lee is accepting applications from qualified and civic-minded individuals interested in serving on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in considering land use and […]

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT LEE ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S “STATE OF THE STATE” ADDRESS

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT LEE ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S “STATE OF THE STATE” ADDRESS (Jan. 8, 2020) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following in response to questions about New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “State of the State” Address this afternoon: “Survivors should not be presumed guilty simply because they took […]

QUEENS TO UNVEIL NEW VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL IN ELMHURST PARK

Friday, December 20 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz and NYC Parks will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park on Friday, December 20 at 10:00 AM. Built on the northwest corner of Elmhurst Park, the first-of-its-kind boroughwide memorial in Queens features the names of 371 […]

ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY AT BOROUGH HALL

Donated Items Accepted Through December 18th for Children in Need QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced today the start of her annual Holiday Toy Drive at Queens Borough Hall for children in need. From now through Wednesday, December 18th, Queens residents are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages. […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE NEW QUEENSBORO FOOTBALL CLUB

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the establishment of the “Queensboro Football Club” (“QBFC”), a professional men’s soccer franchise in Queens through the United Soccer League: “The deep, diverse fanbase here in Queens has long desired a professional soccer team to call our own,” said Borough President KATZ. “The […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE CEREMONY

Thursday, November 7 at Queens Borough Hall QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will host her annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony on Thursday, November 7th at 11:00 AM inside the Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall. More veterans call Queens home than any other borough, and the ceremony will salute the more […]

QUEENS TO HOLD RESOURCE FAIR IN HONOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

Tuesday, October 29 at Queens Borough Hall QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz — along with the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence and the Queens District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Bureau — will mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October with “A Healthy Families Resource Fair” on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 from […]

BP KATZ ANNOUNCES SENIOR APPRECIATION MONTH MUSICAL LUNCHEON

Tuesday, September 24 at Queens Borough Hall QUEENS, NY – September is Senior Appreciation Month, and Borough President Katz will celebrate the occasion by hosting a Senior Appreciation Month Musical Luncheon on Tuesday, September 24th in the Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall. The luncheon is free and open to the public. Doors […]

BP KATZ TO CO-SPONSOR FREE OPIOID OVERDOSE RESPONSE TRAINING

Thursday, September 26 QUEENS, NY – As part of National Recovery Month, Borough President Melinda Katz will join NYC Health + Hospitals and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) in sponsoring an event to train members of the public on how they can save the lives of people suffering from […]

OPEN CALL FOR NEXT QUEENS POET LAUREATE

Application Deadline Extended Until Sept. 20 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the deadline to apply to be the next Queens Poet Laureate is extended until Friday, September 20, 2019. The Borough President, in partnership with Queens Public Library and Queens College, is conducting an open call to fill the post of […]

BP KATZ, NYIC ANNOUNCE QUEENS TOWN HALL ON “PUBLIC CHARGE” RULE

Tuesday, September 17 at Queens Borough Hall QUEENS, NY – In the wake of the federal government’s latest attack on immigrant families and move to restrict legal immigration, Borough President Katz and the New York Immigration Coalition announced an upcoming Queens Town Hall on the new “Public Charge” rule, to take place on Tuesday, September […]

STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF 32BJ SEIU PRESIDENT HECTOR FIGUEROA

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 of workers both in our city and our country. A lion of the labor movement, he was humble,  yet unapologetic when it came to […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 2019 “KATZ CONCERT SERIES”

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

STATEMENT ON SCOTUS DECISION TO BLOCK CITIZENSHIP QUESTION FROM 2020 CENSUS

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

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 […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ALLOCATES $65M FOR FY20 TO QUEENS CAPITAL PROJECTS

Allocations Reflect Continuous Commitment to Strengthen Borough’s Infrastructure QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today unveiled her $65 million in Fiscal Year 2020 discretionary fund allocations for important constructions, renovations and upgrades across 80 capital projects throughout Queens. The $65 million – part of the $92.8 billion FY20 budget agreement reached by the Mayor and […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST 2019 “ONLY IN QUEENS SUMMER FESTIVAL” FEATURING FREE CAPITAL ONE CITY PARKS FOUNDATION SummerStage CONCERT STARRING SHEILA E., MUSIQ SOULCHILD, and KRANIUM

Sunday, June 23 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park QUEENS, NY – The legendary musician Sheila E. will headline the free admission Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage concert to be held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park as the featured event of Borough President Katz’s upcoming “Only in Queens Summer Festival.” The free admission festival will […]

QUEENS KICKS OFF PRIDE MONTH WITH FLAG INSTALLATION IN FRONT OF BOROUGH HALL

In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall QUEENS, NY –Borough President Melinda Katz, in conjunction with Queens Pride, commissioned the first-ever installation of Pride flags in front of Queens Borough Hall on the eve of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. The Pride flag represents the LGBTQIA+ movement and will remain on display throughout the month of […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE PASSING OF QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY RICHARD A. BROWN

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the passing of Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown: “The Borough of Queens mourns the loss of a lifelong public servant. We reflect on and honor Judge Brown’s extraordinary devotion and distinguished service to the people of Queens. I will forever and fondly […]

OPEN CALL FOR NEXT QUEENS POET LAUREATE

Accepting Applications April 29 – May 31 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with Queens Public Library and Queens College, today announced the launch of an open call for applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate, a prestigious position charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough. The […]

ON THE SUDDEN PASSING OF MICHAEL KATZ

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 […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES QUEENS JOB FAIR FOR 2020 CENSUS

Wednesday, May 1 QUEENS, NY – One year before the 2020 Census count begins, Borough President Melinda Katz and the U.S. Census Bureau today announced they will hold a job fair at Queens Borough Hall on May 1st to help recruit workers to assist with the 2020 Census count.  The upcoming job fair is just one of […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES 345 APPOINTMENTS TO QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

Lauds Those Who Have Made Commitment to Serve QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the appointments of 345 individuals to serve on their respective Community Boards. Of the 345 appointees, 77 are first time members who have never before served on a Community Board but have demonstrated both an understanding of the […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES SENIOR STAFF APPOINTMENTS

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced appointments to her senior leadership team: Shurn Anderson as Director of Economic Development, Brent Weitzberg as Director of Health & Human Services and Seniors, and Anayeli Gomez-Brittain as Policy Advisor to the Borough President. “Shurn, Brent and Anayeli have long demonstrated themselves to be exceedingly capable in […]

STATEMENT ON AMAZON’S WITHDRAWAL OF HQ2 PLAN

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 […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON FATAL SHOOTING OF AN NYPD DETECTIVE IN RICHMOND HILL

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the shooting death of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen and the wounding of an NYPD sergeant while responding to an armed robbery tonight near Atlantic Avenue and 121st Street in Richmond Hill: “The heart of Queens is with the wife and family of […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION: FEBRUARY 26

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz and the African American Heritage Committee will host their annual Black History Month Celebration on Tuesday, February 26th, replete with cultural performances, academic scholarship awards, honors for civic-minded community members and more. “Black history is American history, and Black History Month is an important recognition of countless groundbreaking […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ: “FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF QUEENS”

Pledges to Boycott Potential Citizenship Question on 2020 Census Shortchanged Borough Ranks First in School Overcrowding, Last in Funding Affirms Support for Closing Rikers, Calls Upon City to “Start Anew” on Proposed Queens Jail to Ensure Community Input First Boroughwide Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Open This Year QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz delivered […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

Deadline: Friday, February 8 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications from qualified and civic-minded individuals who are interested in serving on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in considering land use and zoning matters in their respective districts. The Boards also hold hearings and […]

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY AT BOROUGH HALL

Donated Items Accepted Through December 20th for Families in Need QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced today the start of her Holiday Toy Drive at Queens Borough Hall for families in need. Queens residents are encouraged to donate new toys and board games for children of all ages. Toiletries will also be accepted. […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ APPOINTS PAULINE HEALY TO QUEENS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz is pleased to announce her appointment of attorney Pauline Healy to the Queens Library Board of Trustees. A resident of Douglaston, Queens, Ms. Healy has served as Director of Agency Standards of the Melville, NY office of the New York Life Insurance Company since May 2015. In this […]

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

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 BREAKS GROUND ON NEW VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York City Parks Department, Queens veterans, elected officials and community leaders together broke ground today on the Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the first boroughwide memorial to honor all Queens residents who were either killed in action while serving in the Vietnam War, or served in the […]

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ STATEMENT ON AMAZON

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 […]

BP KATZ NAMES SHARON LEE AS INCOMING DEPUTY BOROUGH PRESIDENT

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the appointment of Sharon Lee as Deputy Borough President, effective November 17. Lee will succeed Deputy Borough President Melva Miller. “Sharon has been a trusted member of my senior leadership team for years and I could not think of a more prepared or knowledgeable person to […]

BP KATZ ANNOUNCES QUEENS TOWN HALL ON 2020 U.S. CENSUS

Tuesday, November 13  QUEENS, NY — Considering the consequences that could come with a possible census undercount, Borough President Melinda Katz will host a borough-wide Town Hall on Tuesday, November 13th to begin preparing the borough of nearly 2.4 million people for the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census, and the challenges presented by potential new measures […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ NAMES PHIL BALLMAN AS DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Katz today announced the appointment of Phil Ballman as the Borough President’s Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism. “Phil is a valuable addition to our team here at Borough Hall,” said Borough President KATZ. “Mr. Ballman has extensive experience as a live event producer, arts programmer and project manager and […]

QUEENS CONTINUES CONVICTION SEALING WORKSHOPS IN OCTOBER

October 24 – 26, 2018 QUEENS, NY – To mark the one-year anniversary of New York’s conviction sealing law as well as following up on the success of the first series in August, Borough President Melinda Katz and The Legal Aid Society will partner to host another series of “Know Your Rights Week: Closing Cases, […]

QUEENS WORKSHOP ON SURVIVING PARTNER VIOLENCE & ABUSE

Friday, October 12 QUEENS, NY – In conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Borough President Melinda Katz and the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence today announced an upcoming public workshop on “Surviving Partner Violence & Abuse” on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Queens Family […]

STATEMENT ON STATE’S DELAY IN RELEASING STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES

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, […]

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WEEK: CLOSING CASES, OPENING DOORS

August 6-10, 2018 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz and the Legal Aid Society announced details of their upcoming “Know Your Rights Week: Closing Cases, Opening Doors”, a week-long series of public legal workshops between August 6-10 in various neighborhoods throughout Queens. Participants can access free, confidential advice from lawyers on ways to alleviate […]

QUEENS UNVEILS TECH ZONE STRATEGIC PLAN

Roadmap for Equitable Job Growth in NYC’s Future Tech Hub  QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, the Western Queens Tech Task Force, Coalition for Queens and HR&A Advisors today unveiled the long-anticipated Western Queens Tech Zone Strategic Plan (“Tech Plan”) – entitled Live, Work, Create: A Roadmap for Equitable Growth of the Western Queens […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON SCOTUS DECISION TO UPHOLD PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the United State Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban, and encouraged the public to make use of the Queens Immigration Resource Fair this Thursday: “The Supreme Court has been on the wrong side of history before, and history […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR THE 2018 “KATZ CONCERT SERIES”

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

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ALLOCATES $12 MILLION TO QUEENS’ PUBLIC PARKS

Upgrades to Enhance Parks for Queens Residents and Visitors QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $12.1 million of her Fiscal Year 2019 discretionary capital funds for important construction, renovations and upgrades across 10 public parks in Queens. Queens is the largest borough of five in the City of New York […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON LOCATION REVEAL OF FINAL CONCERT ON PAUL SIMON’S FAREWELL TOUR

“Thrilled Paul Simon is Coming Home, But City Should Make Historic Concert Free to Public” QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the announcement that legendary artist Paul Simon’s final concert of his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” will take place on September 22 in Flushing Meadows Corona […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON LATEST DEVELOPMENTS TOWARD LEGALIZING MARIJUANA

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 […]

“KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WEEK” FOR IMMIGRANTS: JUNE 25-29

Free Informational Workshops and Confidential Legal Advice Five Events in Five Neighborhoods QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz and her Immigration Task Force announced details of their upcoming “Know Your Rights Week”, a series of free informational workshops and confidential legal clinics for immigrants in various neighborhoods between June 25-29, 2018 throughout Queens, where […]

BP KATZ ON CITY’S SUDDEN PLANS TO CLOSE A THIRD OF THE MOST POPULAR ROCKAWAY BEACHES

City Plans to Shut Down a Third of Beaches Most Visited by Tourists to the Rockaway Peninsula  QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the City’s sudden plans to close 12 blocks of the Rockaway Beaches indefinitely and effective this weekend due to erosion: “The City’s immediate plans for […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES 331 APPOINTMENTS TO QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

Maintains Healthy Balance of Experience and New Voices QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the appointments of 331 individuals to serve two-year terms on their respective Community Boards. Of the 331 appointees, 62 are first-time members who have never before served on a Community Board but have demonstrated both an understanding of […]

OFFICIALS TO MTA: RESTORE ORIGINAL “FREEDOM TICKET” PLAN

Electeds Say Eliminating Proposed Discounted LIRR Fare Between Southeast Queens and Penn Station Renders Freedom Ticket Pilot “Inferior” and “Set Up For Failure” QUEENS, NY – In advance of the upcoming Board Meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks, Senators Leroy Comrie and James Sanders, Assemblymember Alicia […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ APPOINTS GEORGE RUSSO TO QUEENS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz is pleased to announce her appointment of Ozone Park resident George Russo to the Queens Library Board of Trustees. As a long-time community activist in Queens, Mr. Russo has been an active member of Queens Community Board 10 (which serves the South Queens communities of Ozone Park, South […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON PEP VOTE DENYING PROPOSED SCHOOL CLOSURES IN FAR ROCKAWAY

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the decision by the New York City Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) this morning on the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE’s) proposed school closures of P.S./M.S. 42 and M.S. 53 in Far Rockaway, which were voted down by […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST ANNUAL LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION & PHOTO CONTEST

QUEENS, NY – As Queens prepares to celebrate Lunar New Year, Borough President Melinda Katz will again host a Lunar New Year Celebration & Photo Contest at Queens Borough Hall to ring in the upcoming Year of the Dog. This year’s Photo Contest invites the public to submit photos under the theme, “What Lunar New […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON NEW WILLETS POINT AGREEMENT

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 OUTLINES VISION FOR QUEENS IN STATE OF THE BOROUGH ADDRESS

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her annual “State of the Borough” address this morning at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, where she offered a report on Queens’ recent milestones, key investments, and her vision for the future of the borough. “What we’ve actually been doing in Queens is setting a roadmap […]

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

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 […]

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

Renders Borough Hall Available to Assist Residents with HEAP Applications QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced that residents who need 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). “We do […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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”

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

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

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

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 WILLETS POINT REDEVELOPMENT RULING BY COURT OF APPEALS

“We Must Move Forth on an Aggressive Timeline to Meet City’s Immediate, Desperate Needs” QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the New York Court of Appeals’ ruling today on the redevelopment of Willets Point: “Willets Point has been a topic of discussion for decades, and it’s […]

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

  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 […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AGENTS SHOWING UP AT QUEENS PUBLIC SCHOOL

“Queens Schools are to be Off-Limits to Federal Immigration Agents” QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about federal immigration agents showing up last Thursday at P.S. 58 in Maspeth and seeking a fourth-grader: “As a mother, I am deeply troubled and horrified at this attempt on the […]

STATEMENT FROM BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE LOSS OF FIREFIGHTER WILLIAM TOLLEY

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, who died from injuries he sustained while fighting a fire yesterday afternoon in an apartment building at 16-15 Putnam Avenue in Ridgewood. “Today our Borough and City mourn the loss of one of New York’s Bravest. Mr. Tolley died […]

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

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

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

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 […]

QUEENS LAUNCHES POETRY CONTEST IN SCHOOLS: “WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO ME?”

Poetry Contest to Commemorate 230th Anniversary of the Signing of the U.S. Constitution and 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella announced this year’s Only in Queens Poetry Contest, offered to Queens schools as a homework assignment beginning […]

A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF THE HONORABLE HELEN M. MARSHALL

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Marshall Family will host a special event to honor the life and legacy of The Honorable Helen M. Marshall on Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:00pm. Helen Marshall was a larger-than-life figure in the civic life of Queens, the City and State of […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ SPONSORING LUNAR NEW YEAR PHOTO CONTEST

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

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

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 […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

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, […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ APPOINTS ANDREW P. JACKSON TO QUEENS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz is pleased to announce her appointment of Andrew P. Jackson to the Queens Library Board of Trustees. Mr. Jackson (also known as Sekou Molefi Baako) is an East Elmhurst resident with a long history of community service, including 36 years as Executive Director of the Queens Library’s Langston […]

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

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

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

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 TO QUEENS RESIDENTS: “HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE”

Renders Borough Hall Available to Assist Residents with HEAP Application  QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced that residents who need 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). “Queens has […]

FREE IMMIGRATION RESOURCE FAIR AND “SPEAK OUT” SESSION ON NOVEMBER 20

Space for Public to “Speak Out” About Uncertainty Felt in the “World’s Borough” in Light of Current Climate Opportunity for Residents to Connect with Resourceful Organizations and Exchange Ideas QUEENS, NY – Queens elected officials, government agencies and community-based organizations will hold the borough’s annual Immigration Resource Fair this Sunday, November 20th from 12:00 PM […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE PASSING OF SHIMON PERES

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

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. […]

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$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 […]

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

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

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

$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

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

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 ON THE PASSING OF COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA

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

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 […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON SELECTION OF NEW QUEENS LIBRARY PRESIDENT AND CEO

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the Queens Library Board of Trustees’ selection of former NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott as the new President and CEO of the Queens Library: “At its core, the Queens Library exists to serve its educational purpose as a community […]

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

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

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 STATEMENT ON PASSING OF FORMER CHIEF JUDGE JUDITH KAYE

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about former Chief Judge Judith Kaye, the State’s first female Chief Judge and first woman appointed to the Court of Appeals: “Judge Kaye was a trailblazer in her own right and a fearless pioneer for justice. She was an inspiration to many including myself. One […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON COMMUNITY BOARDS

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

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 […]

QUEENS LEADS AMONG STREETEASY’S TOP 10 LIST OF NYC’S “HOTTEST NEIGHBORHOODS”

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to a report by StreetEasy released today on 2015-2016 New York City housing market trends, which projects a “surge of new demand” in Queens. Five of New York City’s top 10 hottest neighborhoods projected to see the greatest increase in housing demand in […]

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

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

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 TO HOST WORKSHOP TO ENHANCE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOLS

Monday, November 30 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a regular meeting of the Queens Parent Advisory Board on Monday, November 30 at 6pm.  The meeting will be a workshop to help members of Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) learn how they can be more effective in supporting schools. “As the mother of two boys, […]

QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD REJECTS ZONING PROPOSALS

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 APPOINTS JOHN OTTULICH TO QUEENS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

QUEENS, NY –Borough President Melinda Katz is pleased to announce her appointment of John Ottulich to the Queens Library Board of Trustees. Mr. Ottulich is a long-time Douglaston resident with a long history in community service. He is currently the Interfaith Service Chair of the Douglaston-Little Neck Memorial Day Parade Committee. He has also previously […]

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

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

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

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

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 THE FATAL SHOOTING OF NYPD OFFICER RANDOLPH HOLDER

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the fatal shooting last night of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder who was killed in the line of duty and whose family resides in Queens: “Officer Holder was one of our Finest, killed in the line of duty while running toward danger […]

DOE TO PRESENT HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS PROCESS TIPS AT BP KATZ’S PARENT ADVISORY BOARD

Wednesday, October 21 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a regular meeting of the Queens Parent Advisory Board on Wednesday, October 21.  The meeting will feature a presentation by New York City Department of Education (DOE) officials for parents about how to navigate the high schools admissions process, as well an overview […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S LAUNCH OF THE COMMON CORE TASK FORCE

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s launch of the Common Core Task Force: “In New York and across the country, Common Core has been more of a common problem. Many parents — certainly from every neighborhood in Queens — agree that we […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON MTA’S THREAT TO SLASH FUNDING

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 […]

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

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

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 ALLOCATES $14 MILLION FOR QUEENS LIBRARY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

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

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 ALLOCATES $5 MILLION TO THE BOROUGH’S CUNY INSTITUTIONS

New Construction, Capital Upgrades to Enhance the Student Experience  QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $5 million of her Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary capital funds to support capital projects at all five City University of New York (CUNY) public institutions of higher learning in Queens. The $5 million in funding will […]

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

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

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

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

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 […]

QUEENS HOLDS VIGIL FOR CHARLESTON, LIGHTING CEREMONY FOR GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS

Front of Queens Museum to Illuminate in Orange Now Through June 30 in Solidarity QUEENS, NY – Families of victims of gun violence, joined by elected officials, leaders and advocates, gathered this evening in a borough-wide inter-faith vigil for the victims of the Charleston hate crime massacre, and to illuminate the front exterior of the […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO NYC RENT GUIDELINES BOARD: “ROLLBACK OR FREEZE RENT”

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the proposed rent guidelines for leases renewing between October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016, as discussed at the New York City Rent Guidelines Board Public Meeting in Queens this evening: “Thousands of tenants throughout the city – including Queens – simply cannot afford […]

PORT AUTHORITY TO PRESENT UPCOMING AIRPORT NOISE STUDIES TO QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD

Monday, June 15 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will chair a Borough Board meeting on Monday, June 15.  The Board will hear a presentation from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on the upcoming “Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Studies” for JFK and LGA airports, as well as the newly […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ PRESENTS “2015 KATZ CONCERT SERIES”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ON THE PASSING OF NYPD POLICE OFFICER BRIAN MOORE

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”

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 […]

QUEENS OPPOSES MOVE NY’S PLAN: “FAR FROM FAIR, LACKS PROMISE OF RETURNS”

QUEENS, NY – Queens elected officials issued the following joint statement about the congestion pricing plan proposed by Move NY: “The ‘Move NY Fair Plan’ is far from fair and lacks any promise of returns. It is fundamentally unfair to charge residents a fee to travel within one city. It is certainly unfair to the […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST TAX LIEN ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP

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

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 […]

NEW SAFETY, MOBILITY MEASURES FOR FLUSHING COMMONS CONSTRUCTION VICINITY

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

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

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

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

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 HOSTS CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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

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

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 […]