32BJ endorses Melinda Katz for Queens DA

Stephon Johnson | 3/28/2019, 10:41 a.m.
32BJ SEIU endorsed Queens Borough President Melinda Katz for Queens district attorney.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz Contributed

32BJ SEIU endorsed Queens Borough President Melinda Katz for Queens district attorney.

Hector Figueroa, 32BJ SEIU’s president, said that Katz embodied what the union wants an official to represent.

“32BJ is proud to join the diverse base of local elected officials, other labor unions and community groups throughout Queens in our endorsement of Melinda Katz in her campaign for district attorney,” said Figueroa in a statement. “Not only does Borough President Katz deeply understand the kinds of economic and safety risks workers in Queens face every day, she has made workers’ rights a key part of her campaign and created a detailed agenda to get justice for these workers as district attorney. Her plan to protect Queens residents from wage theft, unsafe workplaces, and hostile work environments will make New York a better, safer place for working families.”

Katz opened her first campaign office in Rochdale Village earlier this month and has plans to open several more around Queens. Recently, Katz has received the endorsement of several South Asian organizations, including the South Asian Democratic Alliance, the South Asian Indo Caribbean Association, the New American Voter Association, the American Bangladesh Business Association and the Jamaica Bangladesh Friendship Society. She’s also received the endorsements of Congresspeople Greg Meeks and Carolyn Maloney. In February, Katz received the endorsement of the Queens County Democratic Party.

Earlier this year, Richard Brown announced his retirement after nearly 30 years on the job and selected John Ryan, his chief executive assistant, to be his replacement until a new DA is elected in November.

Katz is part of big field all vying for the Queens district attorney seat, including New York City Councilman Rory Lancman, prosecutor José Nieves, former Queens prosecutor Mina Malik, attorney Betty Lugo, former state Supreme Court Justice Greg Lasak and public defender Tiffany Caban (who was recently endorsed by the Working Families Party).

In a statement, Katz thanked 32BJ for their support and said she’d continue to work on behalf of the marginalized.

“32BJ has done a fantastic job standing up for workers across the country,” stated Katz. “Their fights to raise the minimum wage, protect immigrants from ICE, and win better working conditions have made a difference in the lives of thousands of people. The Queens district attorney should be an ally to working people in these fights, and I’m proud to have 32BJ’s support.”