Borough President Melinda Katz announces run for Queens DA

Melinda Katz officially announces her campaign for Queens District Attorney.
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Borough President Melinda Katz officially launched her campaign for Queens District Attorney against incumbent Richard Brown, City Councilman Rory Lancman and retired Judge Gregory Lasak Tuesday morning at MacDonald Park in Forest Hills.

The news conference, which addressed topics of inequality in the justice system such as ending cash bail and treating gun violence as a public health issue as well as preventing recidivism, was punctuated by a lone Amazon protestor who called attention to Katz’s welcoming attitude toward the online retail giant choosing Long Island City as their HQ2.

“For far too long our system has allowed the wealthy to pay for freedom while the poor who posed no danger just sit in jail,” Katz said. “We must end the practice of cash bail because the system penalizes poverty… and has been extremely detrimental to communities of color. It requires ending prosecution for low-level marijuana arrests, it requires knowing that gun violence needs a public health response.”

“Melinda Katz is complicit in the Democratic Party machine in looting the taxpayers, giving Amazon $1.5 billion when our infrastructure is falling apart,” Adam Wilkes, the single protestor, said.

Wilkes was escorted away from the news conference Community Affairs officers from the 112th Precinct.

Katz has supported Amazon moving space at Anable Basin for the 25,000 jobs, half of which an Amazon spokeswoman claims would not require a tech background, but on the condition that they help pay for transportation improvements.

Brown, 86, has a long record as district attorney, having been elected in 1991 and serving as a member of the New York Judiciary for 18 years before that.

Katz was re-elected as borough president in 2017, and with the DA’s seat coming up for election in 2019, she could leave Borough Hall two years early should she be the voter’s choice for the borough’s top prosecutor.

If Katz wins, a special election would be declared by Mayor Bill de Blasio within 45 days and the recently appointed Deputy Borough President Sharon Lee would serve in the interim period.

Lee was appointed Katz’s deputy on Nov. 17.

After graduating from St. John’s School of Law, Katz was an associate at a law firm before running for state Assembly and later for City Council.

Lancman made his official announcement for DA in September, declaring he is planning to make a “real transformative change in Queens.”

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Updated 1:26 pm, December 4, 2018
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really from Queens says:
Not our best borough president, now she runs for DA. I think the job is best left to others.
Dec. 4, 4:22 pm
Jr from Bayside says:
She cant tough on the plane noise, you really expect her to get tough on criminals?
Dec. 5, 9:09 am
No from Queens says:
No thank you I'll pass.
Dec. 5, 4:35 pm
Melissa from Flushing says:
All the candidates are good people, but Rory Lancman has my vote.
Dec. 5, 9:23 pm
Resident from Queens says:
Not my vote. Both her and Rory Lacman are politicians with no experience in criminal justice system. Both want to bring jail to Queens housing 1500 inmates in the middle of a residential area with kids and schools. Queens has experienced a decrease in quality of life with numerous homeless shelters being open, but the city denies it. Rory Lacman has no concern for his law abiding tax paying community, he wants criminals in residential areas and the borough president is not doing anything about it.
Dec. 9, 6:17 pm

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