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Katz won’t speculate on Queens DA rumors

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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:30 am

Multiple sources have told the Chronicle that Borough President Melinda Katz would be interested in running for District Attorney should DA Richard Brown opt not to seek re-election in 2019; or in an appointment to the post should he choose to retire.

Katz would not dignify the question when asked Wednesday by the Chronicle. “Judge Brown is a great DA, and there’s no indication he intends to retire,” she said.

A source with knowledge of Queens politics partially confirmed both other sources’ accounts and that of the borough president, saying Katz, an attorney, would be interested in the top prosecutor’s office under either scenario.

“But there’s no vacancy; and Brown’s not going anywhere,” the source said.

Brown himself was first appointed to the post in 1991 by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo — district attorney is a state position — and has been repeatedly re-elected with few serious challengers. But he does have health issues.

Katz, who is term-limited out of the Borough President’s Office after 2021, has said in the past that she wants to have a leadership role on matters of importance to the city when her term ends.

With Mayor de Blasio also coming up on term limits, Katz has been subject of speculation that she is interested in running for the top post.

The field for the Democratic mayoral nomination in 2021 is expected to be a big one, with Comptroller Scott Stringer also believed interested.

There also are more than 30 members of the City Council who will be facing term limits of their own that year with only a handful of open offices.

A check of Katz’s most recent filing with the city’s campaign Finance Board shows a balance of more than $148,000. But the filing is not designated for a specific office.

Stringer’s last filing shows cash on hand of more than $1.4 million.

Brown’s office referred campaign-related questions to the office of attorney Arnold Kriss, who did not respond to phone messages left on Wednesday.

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