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


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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


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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


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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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Katz appoints new Queens Library trustee


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Photo Courtesy of the Queens Borough President's office

Borough President Melinda Katz has appointed Robert Santos to the board of trustees of the Queens Library. The announcement comes after she ousted six trustees members last month and Mayor Bill de Blasio cut loose two board members.

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Thousands come to 24th annual Dragon Boat Festival


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

The 24th annual Dragon Boat Festival began on Saturday morning with thousands of people coming to Flushing Meadows Corona Park to watch 197 teams compete in boat races.

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City Planning holds public hearing on Astoria Cove


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Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

The City Planning Commission grilled representatives of builders of the mega mixed-use development Astoria Cove at a public hearing in Manhattan on Wednesday, July 6.

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Ousted Queens Library board members sue Katz; demand reinstatement, money


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Calling their ouster a “brazen and unconstitutional power grab,” six former trustees of the Queens Library filed a federal lawsuit to be restored to the board.

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Borough president rejects Astoria Cove proposal


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Rendering courtesy STUDIO V Architecture

Following a Community Board 1 ruling against the Astoria Cove proposal, Borough President Melinda Katz rejected the 1.76 million-square-foot mixed-use waterfront development on Thursday after a public hearing.

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Sunnyside welcomes first of two public plazas


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Photo Courtesy of Sunnyside Shines BID

Bliss Plaza, the first of two new public plazas constructed in Sunnyside, opened July 29. The project was spearheaded by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID).

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Vandals damage NYS Pavilion


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Photo courtesy of John Piro

Vandals caused mischief at the storied New York State Pavilion last weekend, setting a stolen van ablaze and damaging its terrazzo map, according to a member of an advocacy group for the structure.

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