April 19, 2017


Dear Friends:

Welcome to the Annual Queens Borough Hearing of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY).

This is an important hearing during which the Board will receive testimony and answer questions from Queens residents regarding issues related to CUNY, a distinguished public university that provides a high-quality and affordable education to 274,000 degree-credit students and tens of thousands of adult, continuing and professional education students at 25 modern campuses across New York City.

CUNY has an illustrious history that dates back to the 1847 founding of the Free Academy. The University also plays a very important role in Queens, which is home to five of CUNY’s colleges: LaGuardia Community College, Queens College, Queensborough Community College, York College and the CUNY School of Law at Queens College.

We are proud that “The World’s Borough” is home to these fine institutions, which provide high-quality and affordable higher education to tens of thousands of residents of Queens, the most diverse county in the United States. Together, these institutions of higher learning help our multicultural residents get the education and workforce training they need to take advantage of their talents and succeed in New York City’s 21st century economy.

During the next year I look forward to working with the distinguished leaders of our borough’s CUNY institutions, Dean Mary Lu Bilek, Dr. Diane B. Call, Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez and Dr. Gail O. Mellow. We will work together to ensure that CUNY continues to offer an outstanding education to all of its students.

I would like to thank the Trustees for giving Queens residents the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns about CUNY during today’s hearing. I also wish all the members of the CUNY community great success in all of their endeavors.


Melinda Katz
Borough of Queens
Melinda Katz Queens Borough President

Melinda Katz
Queens Borough President

Meeting Broadcast