LARGEST NYC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON TRACK FOR RELIEF FROM CHRONIC OVERCROWDING

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 […]

BP KATZ ON MAYOR DE BLASIO’S 2015 AGENDA: “GOOD FOR FAMILIES, GOOD FOR QUEENS”

Queens Lauds Prioritization of Affordable Housing, Restoration of Rockaway Ferry   QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2015 State of the City address: “Mayor de Blasio has outlined a plan that is good for our families and therefore good for Queens. “The […]

PUBLIC HEARING ON QUEENS BUDGET PRIORITIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

QUEENS IS TOP U.S. TOURISM DESTINATION, ACCORDING TO LONELY PLANET’S ANNUAL REPORT

Acclaimed as a Melting Pot with Great Restaurants, Art, Beaches QUEENS, NY — Next stop…Queens! The world’s most diverse county was selected as the best tourism destination in the United States for 2015 by Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel media company on December 10. Queens drew praise for its exploding eating and drinking scene […]

PARENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING ON G&T PROGRAM

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

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

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

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 […]

JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST BP KATZ BY FORMER QUEENS LIBRARY TRUSTEES

New Board, Accountability and Oversight Measures Restore Public Faith and Trust in Library’s Management QUEENS, NY – Judge Frederic Block of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed the lawsuit filed by the six former Trustees of the Queens Library Board against Borough President Melinda Katz (Arrington et al […]

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

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

“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

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”

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

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 […]

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

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

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 APPOINTS EARL G. SIMONS TO QUEENS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is pleased to announce her appointment of Earl G. Simons to the Board of Trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library.  Mr. Simons is the Director of Government and Community Relations at York College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Mr. Simons is a member of the senior […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST BUSINESS FORUMS FOR MILITARY VETERANS

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 APPOINTS ROBERT SANTOS TO QUEENS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is pleased to announce her appointment of Robert Santos to the Board of Trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library.  Mr. Santos is the Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management at City College of New York, overseeing all phases of facilities planning and capital projects on the CCNY […]

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

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.

“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 […]

MEDIA ADVISORY: BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO SWEAR IN 54 NEW COMMUNITY BOARD MEMBERS

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will swear in 54 newly appointed community board members during a ceremony to be held tomorrow (Thursday, June 12th), at 6 p.m. in the New York Hall of Science located at 47-01 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.      The 54 members were appointed by Katz to serve two-year […]

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

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

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”

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 TO HOST TAX LIEN ASSISTANCE SESSION AT BOROUGH HALL

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she will be hosting a tax lien assistance session at Queens Borough Hall on Wednesday, April 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help property owners whose real estate properties are potentially subject to lien sales due to unpaid property taxes and other charges.      The City’s […]

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

     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

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 APPOINTS CARL SELDIN KOERNER TO QUEENS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today named Carl Seldin Koerner as her first appointee to the Queens Library’s Board of Trustees.      Mr. Koerner is Counsel at the law firm White and Williams, LLP and Partner at Koerner Kronenfeld Partners, LLC, a strategic planning and consulting firm. As one of nineteen members on the Queens […]

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

    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

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

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

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

     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 […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ VISITS JIM KERR of Q104.3 FM TO CELEBRATE THE BEATLES

This morning Queens Borough President Melinda Katz appeared on the “Jim Kerr Rock ‘n Roll Morning Show” on Q104.3 (WAXQ-FM) to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visit to America.      It was 50 years ago today when the flight carrying the “Fab  Four”  to the U.S. arrived at Kennedy Airport, where […]

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

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

     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 EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR APPLYING TO JOIN QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

     Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she has extended the deadline for Queens residents to apply to join one of the borough’s 14 community boards, the neighborhood-level advisory bodies that provide a vital link between City government and the people it serves.      The deadline for applying to be a new or […]

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

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

     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

     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 […]