I had such a great working relationship with Melinda ever since we started working together in the city council. We both had the same sort of outlook and were very driven to do things correctly to be inclusive. I was honored that she selected me to be her first Deputy Borough President and that we were able to create an active open office that was focused on tackling every issue that came before us. She is a person who is quite focused on getting details and facts from all sides so that she can make an informed decision. It was fun working with her. I really enjoyed my time there, it’s just that the community asked me to come back into elected office. It’s the only reason I left. She is a person truly focused on improving the opportunities for all aspects of the borough and has not hesitated to reach out to every major entity in the borough. Queens has become a hot borough all of a sudden. It seems like every concert promoter in the world wants to utilize our public parks. All of a sudden there’s interest in our commercial strips, and I fully expect her to be a leader in making sure that there’s a balance between the community’s interest and the new interest in utilizing Queens as a ways for opportunity and economic development and entertainment. I think that she’s taking the right tone in ensuring the community is protected.
Leroy Comrie represents Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale and parts of Briarwood, Forest Hills, South Jamaica and Glen Oaks. He previously served as Deputy Borough President under Katz and as a City Councilman.