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New Queens Borough President Melinda Katz Sworn In

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Last Thursday, January 9, Melinda Katz (D) was sworn in as the new Queens Borough President. The event included Senator Charles Schumer, Mayor Bill DeBlassio, Congressman Joseph Crowley, and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.

Katz, an accomplished attorney, has served Queens neighborhoods as representative in both the NY State assembly and NY City Council and has been a strong advocate for women and children’s right. As Borough President, she says she will work with the mayor, city council representatives and city agencies on borough issues, including land-use, economic development, and education. She will also have a voice in the municipal budget process and in directing funds to her borough.

In 1998, Katz lost a close primary race to Anthony Weiner for Chuck Schumer’s 23rd Congressional seat.

“What makes Melinda unique is her ability to bring a common vision to diverse groups, both on the constituent side and representative side,” said Dr. Eli Shapiro, Vice President of the Far Rockaway Jewish Alliance and member of community board 14. “We are very excited to have her represent our borough.”

Melinda Katz grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, and still resides there with her partner, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, and their two children.

Schumer, Silver, Nadler to Endorse Velázquez, Rebuffing Anti-Zionist Charges

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will joinNY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Congressman Jerrold Nadler in endorsing Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez for re-election, today, Sunday, June 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan.

Getting the support of the top democratic leaders will boost Velázquez’ campaign. Getting the support of the three top Jewish politicians in New York state is not a bad thing either.

A court-imposed re-mapping of congressional voting districts in New York City has added a hefty part of the still-Jewish Lower East Side to Velázquez’ now Seventh District. The neighborhood used to be part of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s district.

Indeed, the endorsements of the three “top Jews” are scheduled for an hour before the Israel Day Parade on Fifth Avenue today.

A source in the Democratic party told the NY Post that “having the three top Jewish Democrats in the state endorsing her certainly bolsters her credentials on Israel and within the Jewish community.”

Her major opponent, City Councilman Erik Martin Dilan, has called the 10-term incumbent Velázquez anti-Zionist.

In one of his campaign handouts, Dilan said that Velázquez had “the worst voting record on Israel in the New York congressional delegation.”

Dilan attacked Velazquez as one of the few members of Congress who refused to sign a 2010 letter calling on President Obama to impose sanctions on Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons to be used against Israel.

The Velazquez camp told the NY Daily News that “suggesting the Congresswoman is anything but a friend, ally and supporter of Israel is politically driven nonsense.”

“She has been outspoken on issues ranging from holding Syria accountable for failing to support the peace process, condemning attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah on soldiers and civilians, furthering aid to Israel, calling on the U.N. to take to task the Iranian government for threats targeting Israel, and reaffirming the right of Israel to defend itself.”

Velazquez, Dilan, Dan O’Connor and George Martinez are on the ballot for the June 26 Democratic primary.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/schumer-silver-nadler-to-endorse-velazquez-rebuffing-anti-zionist-charges/2012/06/03/

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