By David Brand
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced the appointment of Deputy Borough President Sharon Lee on Tuesday. Lee, a longtime communications director, succeeds current deputy Melva Miller.
“Sharon has been a trusted member of my senior leadership team for years and I could not think of a more prepared or knowledgeable person to serve as Deputy Borough President,” Katz said in a statement. “Her vast experience in New York City government, her deep relationships across the full spectrum of Queens communities and her passion for inclusion, equal opportunity, fairness and justice will prove invaluable for the future and direction of our great borough.”
Lee has served as Katz’ spokesperson for nearly four years. She also served as a senior advisor and press secretary to former New York City Comptroller John Liu.
“It is an honor to be appointed by Borough President Katz and to follow in the footsteps of Deputy Borough President Miller,” Lee said. “I am humbled by their confidence and this new opportunity to serve. The future of New York is Queens, and I share Borough President Katz’s vision and commitment to empowering the many global communities that call Queens ‘home’.”
Lee graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a Master’s degree in Labor Studies from the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
In a statement, Katz praised outgoing deputy Miller.
“Deputy Miller’s ideas, professionalism, charisma and ability to execute have been tremendous assets to my administration. Not only has she been a fierce advocate for the 2.35 million residents of Queens, she is an intelligent, passionate person and a good friend,” Katz said. “During her tenure, Deputy Miller made an indelible impact by driving smart, equitable growth of neighborhoods across the borough, from Long Island City to Flushing to Jamaica to the Rockaways. Her incredible works over the past decade will without a doubt continue to yield strength across Queens communities for generations to come. I thank Deputy Borough President Miller for her service to this great borough and I wish her only the very best on her next step in her distinguished career. Queens would not be where it is today were it not for the leadership of Deputy Borough President Melva Miller. For her service and devotion, the entire borough is bettered and grateful.”