Leroy Comrie Named Deputy Borough President

Jay Bond Named Chief of Staff

Less than a month before she takes office, incoming Borough President Melinda Katz has named Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) as her deputy.

Comrie, whose support was vigorously sought-after once he dropped out of the Borough President race earlier this year, has been rumored to be a deputy since early this summer. After staying silent for weeks once he dropped out, Comrie finally threw his support behind Katz in September’s Democratic primary.

Comrie said he was “thrilled” to serve under Katz.

“Queens needs Melinda’s vision for a more prosperous and equitable borough,” he said. “Melinda has proven herself a tireless and honest public servant with a real plan to move our borough forward.”

The release also announced that Jay Bond will serve as Borough Hall Chief of Staff. Bond has served as policy director for the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He also served as policy advisor to Katz when Katz was in the City Council.

Bond and Comrie will also head Katz’s transition team, as they have started accepting resumes.

“For years, Melinda Katz has served our Borough with distinction and achieved tangible results on the issues working families care about,” Bond said. “I’m excited to build on that progress by helping Melinda assemble the most qualified team possible from every walk of life and every corner of our City.”

Interested individuals can send resumes and cover letters to