Arthur J. Katzman (1903-1993) was a Democratic New York City Councilman representing the 29th District of Queens, which includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, Richmond Hill and Elmhurst.

Katzman served in this position from 1962 until his retirement in 1991.[1] In his run for Council, Katzman ran as an insurgent Reform Democrat against incumbent George J. Schneider.

Among his first achievements in office was legislation that provided funding for Yellowstone Municipal Park, which has a playground that was later named after Katzman.[2] At the time of his retirement, he was the oldest serving member of the City Council.


Katzman was born on September 21, 1903 in Belarus and emigrated to the United States with his family when at age 5. Their first home in New York City was in Brownsville, Brooklyn, which a popular Jewish immigrant neighborhood at the time.

Katzman graduated from Brooklyn Law School and based in law practice in Forest hills. He later represented this neighborhood in the City Council.

He died on August 29, 1993, at his daughter's home in Mountain View, California.


  1. ^ Faison, Seth (1 September 1993). "Arthur J. Katzman, 88, Member Of New York's Council 29 Years". The New York Timese. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Yellowstone Park". NYC Parks. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
New York City Council
Preceded by
George Schneider
New York City Council
29th District

Succeeded by
Karen Koslowitz