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Flake backs Katz for Queens Boro president

Dem heavyweight ‘proudly endorses’

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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:30 am

Former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz has landed what could be a huge endorsement in her race for the Democratic nomination for Queens borough president.

The Rev. Floyd Flake, pastor of Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica and a former five-term congressman, announced his support in a joint statement issued by the Katz campaign on Monday.

“I proudly endorse Melinda Katz as the next borough president of Queens,” Flake said. “Our borough is at a critical juncture right now and Melinda is the kind of steady, experienced hand that we need.”

Flake recalled Katz’s work as an aide to former Borough President Claire Shulman, work he said was instrumental to bringing a federal building project to southeast Queens.

“Melinda was ready, willing and able then, and I know she is even more so now,” Flake said.

Katz praised Flake as a distinguished leader and public servant, who dedicated himself to the spiritual and economic power of the community.

“I am honored to have the support of the Rev. Floyd Flake, and will continue to work with him to improve the lives of all who live in Queens,” Katz said.

Other Democratic candidates are Council members Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria); state Senators Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst); and former Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik. No Republican has yet announced.

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