Queens, NY — Former City Councilwoman and Assembly member Melinda Katz has announced her intention to run for Queens borough president in 2013.
Katz told the New York Post last week that she has hired a political consultant and plans to begin fundraising within a few weeks.
Katz, 46, is a Forest Hills Democrat. She left politics in 2009 to join the mega-law firm Greenberg Traurig, after an unsuccessful campaign for comptroller.
Most recently she was in the news when it was announced that Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels and now a radio talk show host, is the father of two sons she conceived through in-vitro fertilization.
The couple lives in Forest Hills.
Neither Katz nor Queens County Democratic officials could be reached for comment on her plans.
Borough President Helen Marshall, in her third term, will be a victim of term limits next year. Other prominent Democrats thought to be interested in running are Councilmen Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst).
Katz served in the Assembly and as community liaison for the borough president’s office before serving two terms on the City Council from 2005 to 2009.