Melinda Katz’s Campaign Says She’s on Path to Maxing Out

Melinda Katz. (photo:

Melinda Katz. (photo:

Former Councilwoman Melinda Katz raised $80,000 during the most recent filing period, placing her total at $489,313 raised thus far, her campaign for Queens borough president announced this morning.

“We’re in great shape going into our final push to hit the max by the July filing,” a campaign source wrote to Politicker in an email. “With over $900,000 in raised and matching funds, we’re just $166,000 away from reaching the cap. And less than 40% of that needs to be matchable, so we’ve got a ton of house parties and small events lined up in May and June.”

Ms. Katz was among the first candidates Queens borough president to release her fund-raising total, but she certainly won’t be the last. State Senator Tony Avella reported raising just over $16,000, according to campaign finance board records, bringing his total war chest to $53,400.

Councilman Peter Vallone, who already raised $1 million according to the previous filing, doesn’t have much more money work to do, but Councilman Leroy Comrie, who had raised about $100,000, still needs to overcome perceptions that his campaign is lagging. State Senator José Peralta, meanwhile, spent some money on legal bills in past months and his filing will face its own form of scrutiny after court papers revealed that he had been secretly recorded by ex-State Senator Shirley Huntley and might be part of an investigation–a charge his lawyer denied. Also in contention on the Democratic side is former Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik.

“This campaign has always been powered by a diverse coalition of grassroots donors across our city,” said Ms. Katz in a statement. “And that’s why our campaign, backed by an overwhelming level of support from New Yorkers, will have the resources we need to keep building momentum and win on Election Day.”

The rest of the candidates will have until tomorrow to announce their numbers. Melinda Katz’s Campaign Says She’s on Path to Maxing Out