Just seven months into her term, Borough President Melinda Katz is making serious progress on major issues.
Two matters stand out — one that she planned to tackle from the start, and one that got dumped in her lap. In both cases she has demonstrated strong leadership.
The surprise issue was the crisis at the Queens Library. Faced with major ethical questions, an audit, a legal challenge and a criminal investigation, the Library Board of Trustees dug in its heels and defied the public interest. Katz reacted by drafting, along with two state officials, a reform bill that, among other things, let her dismiss obstinate trustees. And last week she acted, dumping six board members while the mayor canned two more. We look forward to new appointees who truly want to serve the people.
The issue she planned to take on was saving the State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It’s rotted away for 50 years. Now, thanks to her leadership, $6 million has been set aside to begin repairs. Much more will be needed, but the ball is rolling, and private money is bound to follow. When asked recently, “You really are going to save the Pavilion, aren’t you?” Katz said it’s already been saved. Now it’s just a matter of following through.
This is leadership. We’d say job well done, but Katz has only just begun. So far, so excellent.