Mel Gagarin, a Kew Gardens resident, is hoping to replace Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) when she is term limited out of office next year. He is announcing at this time because he has trouble keeping secrets once he’s made up his mind.
Fresh face, vision for Kew Gardens council seat
Gagarin began his work in politics as a caseworker for Congressman Anthony Weiner. He then went to work for state Sen. Jose Serrano (D-New York) as communications liaison. He currently works as the media manager for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He grew up in Elmhurst, leaving in 2000 to attend college in Washington, D.C.
He decided to run because the city is currently in a precarious growth situation, with one million new residents expected in the next 12 years. The city, and the borough, must examine its infrastructure and move forward cautiously with development to make sure people have the services that are vital, he said. He also wants the outer boroughs to be considered seriously when planning for the future.