Karen Koslowitz Elected Chair of the Queens Council Delegation

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. (Photo: MTA/Flickr)

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. (Photo: MTA/Flickr)

It was a Koz for celebration.

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, a veteran Queens Democrat, was elected the chair of the Queens City Council delegation this afternoon, according to her colleagues.

“The Queens Delegation is proud to unanimously elect @CMKoslowitz as our next Chair!” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tweeted this afternoon.

Ms. Koslowitz replaces Councilman Mark Weprin, who is resigning to take a position with the Cuomo administration. By number of years served, she is the longest tenured member of the City Council; she was elected in 1991, left office in 2001 and was elected to terms in 2009 and 2013. She currently chairs the Committee on State and Federal Legislation

The Observer reported last week Ms. Koslowitz, a Forest Hills lawmaker, was in line to succeed Mr. Weprin.

Delegation chairs are charged with advocating for their borough’s needs during the budget negotiation process. Queens elects a single chair but Brooklyn and Manhattan, for example, choose two.

Councilman Rory Lancman, a Koslowitz ally, trumpeted the news, noting her occasional nickname.

“Meet our new #Queens delegation chair: @CMKoslowitz. #thekoz,” he tweeted.