QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her annual State of the Borough address this morning at LaGuardia Community College, highlighting the borough’s priorities, milestones and continued growth over the course of her administration.

The text of the address can be found here.

“We are a borough that isn’t just trying its hardest to hold on in these turbulent times,” Borough President KATZ said.   “We are thriving because we are united. It may not always be convenient. In fact, it takes effort, and it requires Queens tough.” Some of Borough President Katz’s key points included:

The State of the Borough address was delivered inside LaGuardia Community College’s Mainstage Theater in Long Island City. Arriving guests enjoyed a musical performance from an ensemble from LaGuardia Community College. The program began with the presentation of colors by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Ceremonial Unit, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem led by Niyireth Valdes of the Mestizo Art Center in Elmhurst.

Dr. Gail Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College, delivered welcoming remarks. Hip hop pioneer, co-founder of “Video Music Box” and Queens native Ralph McDaniels introduced Borough President Katz.

Following the program, a brief reception was held featuring music from the LaGuardia Community College music ensemble and catering by MBJ LIC Catering and Wasserman Supermarket.

JetBlue Airways Corporation, headquartered in Long Island City, was the proud prime sponsor of Borough President Katz’s 2019 State of the Borough event.

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