Karen Koslowitz

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Karen Kozlowitz
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Member of the New York City Council from the 29th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded by Melinda Katz
In office
February 26, 1991-December 31, 2001
Preceded by Arthur Katzman
Succeeded by Melinda Katz
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Religion Jewish
Website Official website

Karen Kozlowitz is the Council member for the 29th District of the New York City Council. She is a Democrat.

The district includes [Forest Hills], Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Richmond Hill.

Life and career[edit]

Koslowitz's parents immigrated from Krakow, Poland, settling in the Soundview section of The Bronx. She was raised in the Bronx, where she attended James Monroe High School. She has two daughters, Heidi and Marcia.

Koslowitz began her career in the private sector at Fischbach and Moore, Inc., electrical contractors. She entered public service as a Legislative Aide for Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY), and subsequently for Council member Arthur Katzman. She then became the full-time Special Assistant and Queens Ombudsman to City Council President Andrew Stein.

From 2002 to 2009, Koslowitz served as Deputy Borough President in the administration of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Among her main responsibilities were to oversee Constituent Services and the borough’s 14 Community Boards.

New York City Council[edit]

Koslowitz was elected to the New York City Council, serving the 29th Councilmanic District in Queens. The district includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Maspeth, Kew Gardens, and Richmond Hill. She held this position starting in 1991 when she succeeded Arthur Katzman in a special election.

In 2001, Koslowitz stepped down because of term limits, remaining in government as an appointed Deputy Borough President for Queens. She returned to the City Council in 2009, winning in a five-person Democratic Primary with the backing of the local Democratic Party leadership. She was reelected in 2013 with 91 percent of the vote, defeating an independent candidate.

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 29
1991 Special √ Karen Kozlowitz (D) Unopposed
NYC Council
District 29
1991 General √ Karen Kozlowitz (D) 68.95%
Donald A. Adolff (R) 31.05%
NYC Council
District 29
1993 General √ Karen Kozlowitz (D) Unopposed
NYC Council
District 29
1997 General √ Karen Kozlowitz (D) 91.15%
Raymond S. Schneck (Conservative) 8.85%
NYC Council
District 29
2009 Democratic Primary √ Karen Kozlowitz 25.89%
Lynn C. Schulman 22.49%
Heidi Harrison Chain 19.02%
Albert Cohen 13.35%
Michael Cohen 12.49%
Melquiades Gagarin 6.76%
NYC Council
District 29
2009 General √ Karen Kozlowitz (D) 91.27%
Jon Torodash (I) 8.42%

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Political offices
Preceded by
Melinda Katz
New York City Council, 29th District
Preceded by
Arthur Katzman
New York City Council, 29th District
Succeeded by
Melinda Katz