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Queens DA Candidates Katz, Cabán To Face Off In Historic Primary Election

June 23, 2019 - 12:54 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A historic election is set for Tuesday in Queens -- the first contested Democratic primary for the borough's district attorney in decades.

The day for Melinda Katz started outside the Guy R. Brewer Democratic club in St. Albans.

“We've got a lot of work to do,” Katz said. “We have a lot of work to do.”

Katz, the Queens Borough president, was shoring up her support in the southeast corner of the county Saturday.

“I have run a multimillion-dollar budget with a borough-wide reach. I’ve been reelected by the people of Queens County,” Katz said.

Katz is leaning into her establishment connections: “This is the borough of Queens. We know our families, we know our civic leaders. We know what this borough needs.”

About a mile away and a few hours later, Tiffany Cabán held a rally at a park.

“Our win is inevitable as long as we get in front of enough voters,” she said.

Cabán is a public defender, a favorite in more progressive, anti-establishment circles.

“This race is our communities versus an entrenched system that has not done right by our communities,” Cabán said.

Cabán has seen high-profile endorsements from the likes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders.

“Obviously we’ve built up a lot of really good momentum. I think our supporters are energized,” she said.

Several other candidates, current and former prosecutors and government officials, round out the field: Gregory Lasak, Betty Lugo, Jose Nieves and Mina Quinto Malik.

All are looking to succeed Richard Brown, who held the office since 1991. He died last month.