From the Morning Memo:

Democratic Rep. Adriano Espaillat on Monday is set to endorse Melinda Katz in the hotly contested primary for Queens district attorney.

“Over-policing and systemic biases in our criminal justice system have plagued communities across Queens and across our city,” said Espaillat, the first Dominican-American to serve in Congress. “We need meaningful criminal justice reform, and Melinda Katz is by far the best person to deliver that necessary change to Queens.”

The endorsement for Katz comes as she has received nods from a variety of prominent elected officials, including Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is appearing at a fundraiser for her, as well as key labor endorsements.

Katz is running in a crowded field for the Democratic nomination for DA that includes Tiffany Cabán, who has received a string of endorsements from progressive groups as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“Congressman Espaillat is an exceptional public servant. He’s dedicated his life to organizing his community and working on behalf of the Bronx and Manhattan,” said Katz, the Queens borough president. “His commitment to fighting for racial and social justice at every level of government has been an inspiration over the years that we’ve known each other. I’m honored to have his endorsement.”