2008_04_katz.jpgCity Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Queens) broke news of her pregnancy to the Post today. And she landed on the cover because she conceived via in vitro fertilization, she's single, and she is running for City Comptroller next year!

Katz, who is 42, is due in June. She told the Post:

"This is a decision that I felt if I didn't do, I would regret for the rest of my life," said Katz, who acknowledged her situation is unusual in politics.

"I did this purely through modern technology. It was done in a doctor's office. It was done at my wish and my desire."

Katz has kept her pregnancy a secret, confiding only in such people as her rabbi.

"Quite honestly, at my age, I almost lost the child three times . . . and so I really wanted to make sure after so many years of trying and after so many years of wanting this" that the pregnancy would last, she said.

She added, "If I'm not mistaken, most of my opponents have children. Now, hopefully, I'll have one. This is a very personal decision that I made, and it's a life decision, not a political decision."

A former member of the State Assembly, Katz is on the Chair of the City Council's Land Use Committee. (And last week she voted against congestion pricing.) She represents the 29th District, which includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens; parts of Maspeth, Richmond, Elmhurst.