From the Morning Memo:

Democrat Melinda Katz on Tuesday will announce the endorsement of the powerful Hotel Trades Council in her race for Queens district attorney.

“The New York Hotel Trades Council is excited to endorse Melinda Katz to be the next Queens District Attorney,” said HTC President Peter Ward. “Our city needs DAs who will engage with advocates and organizations to create meaningful change in our criminal justice system. In Queens, that’s Melinda.”

The labor group has taken an increased interest in criminal justice reforms over the years and remains a politically potent force, especially in get-out-the-vote efforts on Election Day.

“I am proud to have the support of the New York Hotel Trades Council, one of the state’s strongest unions and most dedicated to criminal justice reform,” said Katz, the current Queens borough president.

“From advocating for discovery reform to successfully securing protections against wrongful convictions, HTC has been at the forefront demanding criminal justice reform for years. I look forward to working with HTC and other advocates to bring meaningful reform to Queens.”