From the Morning Memo:

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on Wednesday will officially endorse Democratic Queens district attorney candidate Melinda Katz as she faces a crowded primary this month.

“The District Attorney’s office has an extraordinary amount of power to shape our criminal justice system and Melinda Katz has shown time and again that she’s up to the task of not only managing the Queens DA’s office, but reforming it from top to bottom,” DiNapoli said.

“She’s a skilled lawyer, a passionate advocate on behalf of the people of Queens, and an expert administrator who knows how to bring communities together to make change. The reforms she’s proposing – from an end to cash bail to new bureaus in the office that will better protect workers and immigrants – will make Queens a safer and more equitable community. She has my full support.”

The endorsement from DiNapoli is the latest prominent Democrat to back her campaign as the primary as drawn the attention of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a supporter of Tiffany Cabán.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to appear a fundraiser for Katz next week and she has received endorsements from large labor unions like the United Federation of Teachers, 32BJ SEIU and the New York Hotel Trades Council.

“Comptroller DiNapoli has spent over 30 years in public service fighting to make sure our government works better for everyone,” said Katz, the Queens borough president, in a statement.

“As Comptroller he’s transformed the office, aggressively rooting out corruption and steering our state’s investments in a better direction. He’s been a criminal justice reformer in his own right as well. Last year he made headlines for completely divesting the state’s pension fund from private prison companies. He’s set an example with his bold leadership and I’m honored to have his endorsement.”