Queens Borough President Melinda Katz sworn in by Mayor de Blasio


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THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was officially sworn into office Thursday by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Melinda Katz wins election to become next Queens borough president


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Former legislator Melinda Katz will be the next Queens borough president. “We sent a message from the moment I announced my candidacy that we are a borough of diversity, and that is an asset,” Katz said. “It is not a flaw in the borough of Queens and the City of New York.” The Democrat and […]

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Melinda Katz wins borough president primary


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Former legislator Melinda Katz won the Democratic primary for Queens borough president Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Katz, who served on the Assembly and City Council, bested her former colleague, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., by nearly 12,000 votes, with 99 percent of precincts reporting as of late September 10, according to tallies. Unofficial vote counts […]

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Melinda Katz making the rounds in Queens


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

In an effort to reintroduce herself to Queens, former Councilmember and Assemblymember Melinda Katz has been making her way around, preparing to run for the borough president nomination in a crowded Democratic primary field. “We’ve been to the civics and the precincts and community boards,” Katz told The Courier at the December Community Board 9 […]

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Melinda Katz kicks off campaign for borough president


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen

Noting that it was crucial to determine what the common needs of a diverse borough like Queens were, Melinda Katz, former member of the City Council and Assembly, embarked Wednesday, October 10 on a year-long run for the borough president’s office — after incumbent Helen Marshall steps down at the end of 2013 due to term […]

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It’s a new baby boy for Melinda Katz!


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City Councilmember Melinda Katz, who shocked colleagues and constituents little more than a month ago when she revealed she was pregnant, has delivered a healthy baby boy. The as-yet-unnamed little Katz “took me a bit by surprise,” the 42-year-old single mom said. “The baby is healthy and beautiful,” Katz said. He arrived a little over […]

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Jamaica of the future imagined by residents


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Imagine Jamaica with more affordable housing, better transportation and more, higher-paying localized jobs. That was the vision put forward for the neighborhood when more than 100 residents and community advocates attended the city-run Jamaica Planning Initiative meeting this past weekend.

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Astoria Cove wins City Council committee support after last minute deal


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Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

Astoria Cove developers delayed the City Council Land Use Committee vote on Wednesday to strike a last minute deal with politicians and win approval for the project.

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BP Katz denies proposed Ridgewood rental building in industrial zone


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of  Nicholas Strini/PropertyShark

Ridgewood residents concerned about the loss of industrial space scored a major victory after Borough President Melinda Katz rejected a variance for a new three-story building with a penthouse on land zoned for manufacturing uses.

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Borough President Katz assesses Queens’ Ebola readiness


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Photo courtesy of Borough President Melinda Katz's office

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz met with Doctor Jessica Kattan, a New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene official, to consider this question. Katz also emphasized the need to work closely with the health department given Queens’ large population and being a traveling center.

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Kew Gardens Hills synagogues experience growing pains


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Photo courtesy Nicholas Strini/PropertyShark

The large and expanding Jewish community in Kew Gardens Hills has fueled the need for synagogue expansions, according to religious leaders, but some are depending on special permits which aren’t always easy to obtain.

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