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Katz trounces Murray to become next Queens DA

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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:47 pm | Updated: 1:11 pm, Thu Nov 7, 2019.

She’s both borough president and district attorney-elect.

Democrat Melinda Katz won the Queens DA race Tuesday with 75 percent of the vote over Joe Murray, the cop-turned-lawyer who ran on the Republican line.

“We know that there is a better Queens ahead of us,” Katz said in her victory speech at Queens County Democratic headquarters in Forest Hills. “We know that together we will end cash bail. We know that together we will protect workers and make our work sites safe for our workers out there. We know that together we will protect immigrant rights and make sure we don’t have ICE agents in a court of law and in our courtroom because that’s not how you get justice.”

The general election was all but a foregone conclusion after Katz narrowly defeated public defender Tiffany Cabán in the Democratic primary when a recount gave her a come-from-behind victory.

Katz acknowledged the tough primary battle in her speech.

“Now’s the time when we all stand together,” she said. “Now’s the time when we work together every single day.”

There were seven candidates in the primary race, including Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), who dropped out of the contest and supported Katz. He was at the victory speech. Acting District Attorney John Ryan also came to the celebration.

Ryan replaced the late Richard Brown, who served in the position from 1991 until his death in May.

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau), chairman of the Queens County Democratic Committee, which supported Katz, spoke about the importance of her win.

“We have someone that understands our borough,” Meeks said. “Someone that brought us all together. Someone that we can lean on and depend upon no matter where we come from this borough.”

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