NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement in response to a report issued by Katten Muchin Rosenman detailing the findings of its three-month investigation into cancellation of the Israel Independence Commemoration event at Queens Museum:

“This was an extraordinary abuse of not just Laura Raicovich’s administrative authority, but of her moral authority as well. Her personal support for the anti-Semitic BDS movement and her anti-Israel animus guided her efforts to block the commemoration of Israel’s independence in the very building in which it was realized, and this is a profound intellectual and moral failing.

“The Executive Director of the Queens Museum is supposed to represent Queens’ values and interests. Ms. Raicovich’s behavior was a breathtaking breach of that responsibility to us, and for us.”