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Katz taps Comrie as deputy borough president

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Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 10:58 am | Updated: 11:01 am, Tue Dec 3, 2013.

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.

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1 comment:

  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 8:19 am on Wed, Dec 4, 2013.

    CleanUpJamaicaQueens Posts: 121

    Councilman Leroy Comrie, the supposedly well-loved Jamaica Councilman (who is saying this, the PR machine, because many people I talk to in Jamaica do not feel this way), who for twelve years has done very little to help improve the quality of life in Jamaica and whose 3rd term ends at the end of this year and he gets a nice big fancy promotion with increase in pay (courtesy of us tax payers) as Deputy Borough President (which this has been known was going to happen) in incoming Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s administration. Talk about a travesty, but at the end of the day, it is all just political bull where one hand wipes another hand.

    But what exactly has Mr. Comrie really done to help improve the quality of life in Jamaica. I mean sure he helped secure funding for millions of dollars for the cultural arts such as restoring the former First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica into the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (which is totally underutilized) and to help upgrade the Queens Library and some of our parks, but what great strides in quality of life has he really done in twelve years. So you secure millions in funding for a library, while the immediate area surrounding is filled with garbage everywhere.

    Comrie took office in 2001 and since that time, Jamaica has become more filthy than ever with a major garbage problem, there are more vacant lots and vacant homes since that time, more 1-2 family homes have been torn down to put up low-class poor quality 3-4 story apartment buildings which have destroyed the esthetics of many neighborhoods (not too mention that many of these places are problematic), very little businesses of quality have come into the community, abandon cars litter our streets, crime is still high, a huge amount of shelters have been dumped into our communities causing many problems (all given a rubber stamp by Comrie and Community Board #12) and we have a high amount of illegal apartments, more than ever. So exactly what has Mr. Comrie done to help improve the quality of life in Jamaica and have him elevated to Deputy Borough President?

    The article states “Insiders have pointed out that Comrie, who heads the City Council’s borough delegation, is well-liked and well-informed, and he has deep roots in southeast Queens civic and political circles.” But what about actual accomplishments that have helped improve the community of Jamaica greatly. This line is your typical political junk when you cannot really name any major accomplishments.

    I wonder what these insiders think of the dumping ground in Comrie’s own backyard of St. Albans where the St. Albans Little League (where Comrie is one of the sponsors) has been a notorious dumping ground for some time.

    And so the political BS and nonsense continue.