MELINDA KATZ

28th Assembly District (Part of Queens County)
Albany office:
LOB 833, ALBANY 12248
518-455-4926
District Office:
98-08 METROPOLITAN AVE, FOREST HILLS 11375
718-263-5595

Elected to the New York State Assembly in 1994, Melinda Katz, a Democrat, represents the 28th District in New York City, which includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, and parts of Middle village and Glendale in the Borough of Queens. She is a member of the Health, Judiciary, Children and Families, and Environmental Conservation Committees; and was recently appointed Chair of the Subcommittee on Urban Health.

In her first three years in the Assembly, Melinda Katz has already authored twelve bills that are now New York State laws. She wrote the law requiring HMO's to provide women direct access to gynecological care without forcing them first to see a primary care physician. This law, the first in the nation, is now being replicated by other states and is being introduced at the federal level by New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey.

Melinda Katz also authored the law that helps prosecutors in cases of long-term, repeated child abuse where the abuse is so protracted and pervasive that the child cannot pinpoint the specific dates and times that, prior to the Katz law, were necessary to win convictions. In addition, she has carried several bills to increase penalties for various forms of domestic abuse and she is recognized as one of the strongest pro-choice voices in the State Legislature.

Melinda Katz is a product of New York City's public schools. She graduated suma cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, and was named a Commonwealth Scholar, and went on to get a law degree from the St. John's University School of Law, where she was an author of the journal of Legal Commentary. During law school, she interned for the Legal Aid Society, helping poor tenants who faced eviction keep their homes. And she interned for the U.S. Attorney's Organized Crime Unit (Southern District, New York) and for U.S. District Court judge Michael Mukasey. After graduation, Melinda was recruited by Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the second largest firm in New York State, and was an Associate there for four years prior to running for the Assembly.

Melinda Katz comes from a family steeped in civic involvement. Her father, the late Maestro David Katz, founded the Queens Symphony Orchestra in 1953 and conducted it throughout his life. Her mother, the late Jeanne Dale Katz, founded the Queens Council on the Arts.

In 1995, Melinda Katz was named by the New York Daily News as one of one hundred up-and-coming young leaders for the 21st Century. She is recognized as one of the Assembly's rising stars and one of the New York State Democratic Party's next generation of women leaders.



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