2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for Queens Borough President

Melinda Katz
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Full-time candidate for Queens Borough President.

Previous Occupation(s): New York City Council Member (2002-2009); Director of Community Boards, Queens Borough President's Office (1999-2002); New York State Assembly Member (1994-1998); Attorney

Education: J.D., St. John's University School of Law; B.A., University of Mass., Hillcrest High School

Organizational Affiliations: former Board Member, Queens Symphony Orchestra; former Board Member, Queens Jewish Community Council; District Leader, Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club

Prior Public Experience: Council Member and Chair of Land Use Committee; Director of Community Boards, Queens Borough President's Office; New York State Assembly Member.

1. What is the most important issue in Queens you would address if elected?

We need to make Queens a great place for middle-class families to live, work and raise a family. That means creating good jobs in all parts of Queens by revitalizing vacant industrial areas, making sure we have high-performing schools and homes that are affordable for seniors and middle-class families.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

Smartly rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will have to be a top priority, so our communities are prepared for the next storm. We also need to make sure our streets are safe by reducing gangs and gun violence, giving kids good after-school options and reforming current stop-and-frisk policies to make them effective and fair. Finally, I will use my experience as Chair of the Council's Land Use Committee to create more affordable housing while preserving the character of our neighborhoods.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

As someone who was born and raised in Queens, I'm deeply connected to our borough and happy to be raising my two young boys here. I've served in City and State government, and worked as Director of Community Boards under Borough President Claire Shulman. I am dedicated to bringing Queens' varied communities together, finding common ground and delivering progressive solutions that work.


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Party Key
  • D = Democratic
  • JE = Jobs & Education
  • R = Republican
  • WF = Working Families