2019 Queens Power 100

August 07, 2019  
The Bordone LIC
43-10 9th St 5th Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Celebrating the Most Powerful People in Queens
Event Description

City & State's must-read list of the most powerful people in New York City has been a long standing institution in New York.  This August, we are bringing our Power 100 List to Queens! The August 5th issue will debut at a special reception gathering top brass from government, advocacy, academia, media, business and beyond for a networking opportunity you do not want to miss. Be the first to know who made the cut and where they are ranked by attending in person to receive the Queens Power 100 specialty publication.

Senator Michael Gianaris
Deputy Majority Leader, 12th District
Senator Michael Gianaris serves as Deputy Majority Leader and proudly represents western Queens. Guided by the principle that the playing field between everyday New Yorkers and powerful interests is grossly skewed in favor of the wealthy, Senator Gianaris is a progressive champion for tenants’ rights, better subways, election reforms, a fairer criminal justice system, LGBTQ+ equality, and ending unfair economic development policies. As a member of the leadership of the largest Democratic Senate Majority in over a century, Senator Gianaris is proud to partner with progressive advocates and grassroots leaders to deliver results after years of lost opportunity. A child of immigrants, Senator Gianaris was born and raised in Astoria, Queens, where he continues to reside. He is the product of New York City public schools and graduated from Fordham University and Harvard Law School before embarking upon on a career in public service. As a first-generation American, Senator Gianaris knows the struggle of immigrant families and leads the fight against harmful federal policies that tear apart families and unfairly discriminate against immigrant communities. He supports and works with community groups, such as Immigrant Families Together, to reunite families separated at the border and wrote legislation barring discrimination based on immigration status. He secured funding for community groups providing legal services to immigrants in need and was one of the first state legislators in the United States to call for abolishing ICE – the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency – when it began separating parents from children at the border. In a city with millions of renters, Senator Gianaris always stands with tenants. Knowing the corrosive impact of real estate money in politics, Senator Gianaris does not accept campaign donations from real estate developers. In 2019, Senator Gianaris passed the most comprehensive tenant protections in New York State history. The new rent reforms, which Senator Gianaris helped author, ended the vacancy bonus, repealed vacancy decontrol, ended increases on preferential rents, and limited landlords abilities to pass capital improvement costs along to tenants. Senator Gianaris also secured funding for tenant legal services for the Ridgewood Tenants Union. With a strong belief that we must live up to our highest ideals of “justice for all,” Senator Gianaris is working hard to transform our criminal justice system. In an effort to end the criminalization of poverty, Senator Gianaris wrote the Bail Elimination Act to end bail in New York and in 2019 passed the most comprehensive bail reform legislation in the United States. He also wrote legislation to create an Innocence Commission to review wrongful convictions and protect juvenile offenders Miranda rights. Senator Gianaris is a chief critic of the MTA, fighting for transit riders while pushing for improved service and increased accessibility. He understands New York cannot function without reliable mass transit, which is why he helped secure record funding for mass transit and an independent audit of the MTA. New York has the second-lowest voter turnout in the United States. When more New Yorkers vote, their government is more accountable. Senator Gianaris wrote legislation to register more New Yorkers to vote and sponsored reforms to enact early voting and vote by mail. Senator Gianais has consistently advocated for education in his community and secured record funding for public schools in the 2019 budget, including tens of thousands of dollars for individual programs at local schools. Our state has many unfunded needs and too many misplaced priorities. Senator Gianaris continues to do battle against wasteful corporate welfare to ensure actual priorities like truly affordable housing, better mass transit and improved schools are fully funded. Representing the largest public housing development in the United States, Senator Gianaris has fought tirelessly to improve NYCHA on behalf of its residents. Senator Gianaris secured more than $100 million in funds for NYCHA, in addition to funding for job training and violence reduction programming through Urban Upbound and the Jacob Riis Community Center. New York’s future is bright and Senator Gianaris knows a progressive agenda cannot be accomplished alone. He is proud to work alongside activists and advocates to deliver results for our state, working together to remake New York for the better.
Queens Borough President and district attorney candidate Melinda Katz.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Melinda Katz was elected on November 5, 2013 to serve as the 19th Queens Borough President. She has been a dedicated public servant for nearly 20 years, serving in key governmental positions on both the city and state level. Melinda represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, South Elmhurst and Richmond Hill as City Council Member from 2002 to 2009. She rose to Chair the influential Land Use Committee which, under her leadership, secured private-sector partnerships that led to the creation of over 15,000 units of affordable housing. Melinda championed zoning measures that paved the way for redevelopment projects in all five boroughs, while safeguarding communities from over development. Prior to being elected to the Council, Melinda served as Director of Community Boards for Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, helping to develop city budget priorities, plan economic development projects for Queens, and designate sites for city facilities. Melinda also represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Middle Village and Glendale in the State Assembly from 1994 to 1999. During her tenure, Melinda authored and helped pass 16 laws, including requiring HMO’s to provide women with direct access to critical gynecological services. She served as Chair of the Urban Health Sub-committee, and was responsible for bills that increased penalties for various forms of domestic abuse. Melinda also sponsored and passed the historic Kendall’s Law, which helps prosecutors pursue cases of long-term, repeated child abuse.
Huntley Lawrence
Director of Aviation, Port Authority of NY & NJ
Huntley A. Lawrence, a 34-year veteran of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who became Director of Aviation in January 2017, is responsible for managing one of the world’s largest airport systems with revenues of $2.8 billion and a staff of over 1,500 aviation professionals. Prior to becoming director, Huntley served as Deputy Director of Aviation, a role he had held since May 2014. Beginning his Port Authority career in Airport Operations, Huntley held positions of increasing responsibility at LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International (EWR) and JFK International airports. In 1993, he accepted a position in the Properties and Commercial Development Division at EWR, where he negotiated leases and operating agreements with existing and prospective tenants and managed properties at Teterboro and Newark Liberty International airports. He subsequently joined EWR’s Airport Operations Division, and was successively promoted into the positions of Manager, Landside & Customer Services; Assistant Manager, Airport Services; and Manager of the Airport Services Division. In the latter position, he was responsible for the Airside, Security and International Facility units and worked successfully in managing the transition from FAA civilian security staff to U.S. Transportation Security Administration officers following the tragic events of 9/11. In 2006, Huntley became Senior Manager, Security and Technology for the Port Authority Aviation Department. In this assignment, he developed the Aviation Security Business Plan, managed the Department’s $200 million Security Capital Plan, and coordinated security policy for the Port Authority’s five airports. In 2007, he returned to EWR as Deputy General Manager, New Jersey Airports, a position he held until he was appointed General Manager, New Jersey Airports in October 2011. Huntley holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from Dowling College. He is Vice Chairman of the American Association of Airport Executives’ Airport Legislative Alliance, Chair of the International Facilitation Sub-committee, and a member of AAAE’s Policy Review Committee and the FAA’s Management Advisory Council. He is a member of the board at Airports Council International-North America, the Wings Club Foundation, NYC & Co. and USO Metropolitan of New York, and a member of the NextGen Advisory Committee. He is also a licensed pilot.
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