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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Northern Queens parents gain no traction during meeting with BP Katz over school program


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Lisa Fusco and a growing number of parents are building a case for the creation of gifted and talented programs for middle schools in their district. During a meeting with Katz and education officials on Wednesday, the parents were told that the district’s superintendent was the only one with the power to extend the program from its limited elementary school reach to middle school.

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BP Katz recommends against controversial Kew Gardens Hills synagogue expansion


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Borough president Melinda Katz recommended against the expansion of the Sephardic Congregation of Kew Gardens Hills on Wednesday, citing the possible disturbance it would cause for the community.

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Judge dismisses ousted Queens Library trustees’ lawsuit against BP Katz


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Photo courtesy of Queens Library/File photo

A federal judge granted the request of six former trustees of the Queens Library to dismiss their lawsuit that challenged Borough President Melinda Katz’s decision to remove them from the board last summer.

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BP Katz denies proposed Ridgewood rental building in industrial zone


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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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BP Katz holds hearing on Bayside car dealership


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Members of the Bayside community urged Borough President Melinda Katz to uphold Community Board 11’s decision to remove a Star Toyota and Scion dealership from the area during a hearing Thursday morning.

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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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