2015-01-21 / Front Page

State Of The Boro Preview

BY JASON D. ANTOS


Borough President Melinda Katz held a special roundtable preview of her State of the Borough address at Queens Borough Hall on January 20. 
Photo Jason D. Antos Borough President Melinda Katz held a special roundtable preview of her State of the Borough address at Queens Borough Hall on January 20. Photo Jason D. Antos Borough President Melinda Katz held a roundtable meeting at Borough Hall to offer a preview of some of the issues to be discussed at her upcoming State of the Borough address to be held on January 22.

“Queens is the place to be,” said the borough president.

At the January 20 preview, Katz revealed that the local economy and population in Queens is booming.

Last fall, the borough president and the city Department of Transportation installed signs on major bridges and thoroughfares with the borough’s new slogan “Welcome To Queens: The World’s Borough.”

“It’s part of our whole theme,” she said at the sign’s unveiling in October 2014. “If you haven’t seen Queens, you haven’t seen New York.”

With Queens quickly becoming one of the most popular locations in the entire city, Katz touched on issues including the building of new affordable housing and the growth of business. “We are victims of our own success. People come from all over the world to raise a family and we must be able to house them with affordable housing,” said Katz.

Katz added that the borough’s services have seen dramatic improvement, including the Queens Library System. “Despite what happened with the resignation of the library CEO and removal of board trustees, the library survived and it is a great institution,” she said.

Queens has also become a major center for the arts and entertainment with the expansion of Kaufman Astoria Studios, which has brought increased motion picture and television program production to the borough’s neighborhoods.

“We want people to know that we have an amazing cultural experience here. That you don’t have to go to only Manhattan to have that experience,” said Katz.

The borough president also celebrated Queens’ diversity and multicultural landscape stating, “The greatest asset of the borough of Queens is our diversity.”

The borough president also spoke on education and her office’s deep commitment to the borough’s public schools. There are monthly meetings at Borough Hall of the Parent Advisory Board, which gives parents an opportunity to be heard on education issues and concerns and provides parents with a forum to meet with city and state DOE officials.

Another priority Katz discussed is the restoration of the New York State Pavilion that she wants to see come full circle by the end of her administration, with the exterior restored and painted, made functional and illuminated.

Katz will deliver her State of the Borough Address on January 22 at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium.

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