Council Member Melinda Katz (D-Queens), the chair of the powerful Land Use Committee, has touted her ability to encourage development in the city as an asset during her comptroller run.
Relationship to Developers Dogs Katz, But She Calls Ties An Asset
Yet her close relationship with developers, whose contributions to her campaign have placed her near the top in fundraising—with $1.6 million raised as of January—has made her a target for critics who claim she is too close to the industry.
She shrugged that off, saying developers are the very people who are needed to maintain a healthy economy.
“People talk to me about developers and their support, and my answer is, ‘They are the folks who care deeply about the direction this city is going.’ If they have faith that I can actually make sure the city continues to thrive economically, I think that is a good thing,” she said.
As the only woman, but one of three Jews in a race that includes just one minority candidate—Carrión—she said she stood out in part because she has been working for the position for two years.
Your constituents must be so happy that for 3 out of 4 years during this term, you have been preoccupied with running for something else rather than concentrating on representing them.