Johns Hopkins Visit in Romania - March 27 - March 29, 2019
Meetimng Melnda Katz – Queens Borough President
Ms. Melinda Katz will meet with the leadership of RABC on Thursday, April 14 at our Manhattan offices. Ms. Katz represents the borough with the largest Romanian–American concentration in the United States, estimated at over 150, 000 people.
Melinda R. Katz is an American politician from New York City who is currently the Queens Borough President. Katz was a New York City Councilwoman from 2002 to 2009. She left politics in 2009 to work at Greenberg Traurig, a law firm where she specializes in government affairs and land use.
Katz served as a Member of the New York State Assembly from 1994 to 1999, representing Queens' 28th District, which included Forest Hills, Rego Park, and parts of Middle Village and Glendale. During her tenure as an Assembly member, Katz authored sixteen bills that became laws, including some crucial health care initiatives.She wrote the law requiring HMOs to provide women direct access to gynecological care without forcing them to first see a primary care physician. She also was the Chair of the subcommittee on Urban Health. Additionally, she carried several bills to increase penalties for various forms of assault.
Katz then became Director of Community Boards for the Office of the Queens Borough President from 1999 to 2002,] before winning a seat on the New York City Council, where she served from 2002 to 2009), representing the 29th Council District, which included Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, South Elmhurst and Richmond Hill. Katz served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Land Use, which was responsible for approving rezoning measures that remade wide-ranging pockets of the city, including, Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Jamaica. As chair of the committee, Katz oversaw the rezoning of 6,000 city blocks, including the Greenpoint-Williamsburg rezoning in 2005. In June 2009 she was the only woman running in the Democratic Primary for New York City Comptroller, but came in third place in a four way race.
In 2012, Katz announced her plans to run for Queens Borough President in 2013.] She was endorsed by Congresswoman Grace Meng, Councilman Leroy Comrie and the 1199 Hospital Workers Union. She won the Democratic nomination and the general election easily in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017.