Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a long-time associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, a job that traditionally has included supervision of the borough’s community boards.
Jay Bond, a former policy advisor to Katz during her tenure on the City Council, will be brought on board as chief of staff.
“From the beginning, this campaign was about empowering working families and making life better for every Queens resident,” Katz said Tuesday in a statement issued by her transition team. “In order to make that vision a reality, Borough Hall needs the best public servants from across our city, and I’m confident we can find them.”
Comrie, the deputy majority leader in the City Council and leader of the Queens delegation, is being forced out of office by term limits after 12 years in City Hall.
Prior to being elected and before the formation of the Department of Education, Comrie served on his local school board.
“Now, more than ever, Queens needs Melinda’s vision for a more prosperous and equitable borough,” Comrie said in the statement. "Over the 20 years I have worked with her, Melinda has proven herself a tireless and honest public servant with a real plan to move our borough.”
Bond, who most recently worked as policy director for the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, said Katz has shown tangible results during her career of public service.
“I’m excited to build on that progress by helping Melinda assemble the most qualified team possible from every walk of life and every corner of out city,” he said.