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The National Organization For Women, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and others demanded that Greg Lasak, a candidate for Queens district attorney apologize for what they called a “blatantly sexist mail piece attacking Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.” The diverse coalition of women leaders condemned the mailer and called on Lasak to apologize.

As noted by her campaign, Katz has 30 years of experience as an attorney and public servant. She was recently rated qualified by the nonpartisan Judiciary Committee of the Queens County Bar Association and Approved by the New York City Bar Association in the race for district attorney, “a distinction not every candidate in the race achieved. In addition, she has led the way on implementing some critical criminal justice system reform programs as borough president. Lasak’s mailer played on common sexist tropes of women politicians, incorrectly portraying her as inexperienced and unqualified, in order to diminish her accomplishments and misrepresent her history, prompting swift condemnation from prominent women leaders across New York.”

“As a woman, I’m used to having conservative men like Greg Lasak dismiss my qualifications and sling Donald Trump-like attacks. We deal with this all the time. But the Bar Association says Lasak is wrong, NOW-NYC says Lasak is wrong, and hundreds of community leaders from every corner of Queens say Lasak is wrong. Greg should keep his ‘mansplaining’ to himself, and let those of us truly interested in fixing his mistakes as a mass-incarcerating prosecutor do the work that needs to be done,” said Borough President Katz.

“Melinda Katz is the most qualified candidate in this field, with almost thirty years as a lawyer, having crafted legislation in the Assembly and Council, and serving the people of Queens as the Borough President for two terms. We need more women like Melinda Katz in law enforcement, someone who knows how to work with and listen to the community,” said Sonia Ossorio, NOWNYC President.

“We’re in a fight for the soul of America right now, and we need New York’s elected officials to be leaders in the fight against sexism and misogyny with the war Donald Trump and Republicans are waging against women. I fight every day in Washington for equality and for women’s rights and I need to know that the next district attorney in Queens county will also stand up for women’s rights. Greg Lasak’s misogynistic mailer is evidence enough that he is unfit to hold the office of district attorney and I know that on election day, the people of Queens will rally around an exemplary candidate who they have previously elected twice to borough-wide office in Melinda Katz and reject the hateful sexism of Greg Lasak,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, and Councilwoman Adrienne Adams also made similar statements in support of Katz and denouncing Lasak’s comments.