John Messer kicks off campaign against state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo by Lev Radin

An Oakland Gardens attorney officially launched his second try at defeating a nearly 13-year State Senate incumbent, hoping a newly-redrawn majority Asian district and a one-on-one primary will give him a leg up this time around. John Messer, 42, pointed out that since the new 16th District, which is now 53 percent Asian, no longer […]

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Senator Toby Ann Stavisky announces her intent to seek re-election in the 16th District


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Senator Toby Ann Stavisky formally announced her intent to seek re-election in the 16th District.

Senator Toby Ann Stavisky formally announced her intent to seek re-election in the 16th District, choosing the newly-formed Asian-American majority district over one in which she would have had to face a primary with Senator Tony Avella. “I am supporting Tony for re-election, and he is supporting me for re-election,” Stavisky said. “Most of my […]

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John Messer stops bid for state Senate


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Photo courtesy John Messer

Oakland Gardens lawyer John Messer is dropping his third bid to unseat 14-year veteran state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky in District 16, which includes Flushing, Bayside, Forest Hills and Fresh Meadows, among other areas.

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$8.2M renovation of Kew Gardens Hills library to be complete in 2015


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Renderings courtesy the Queens Library

The Kew Gardens Hills library is being expanded by 3,000 square feet to about 10,500 square feet. The renovation will include technology updates, a separate area for teens, a new sloped-concrete roof and a full interior renovation.

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United Adult Ministries to honor advocates of older adults


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United Adult Ministries will present the Rose Kryzak Senior Leadership Award to three honorees at the Flushing House Gala at Flushing Town Hall on May 8.

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Stop for school bus or lose license for 60 days: state Senate


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File photo

Repeat scofflaws who zoom through school bus stop signs could face stiffer penalties under a bill the state Senate passed last week.

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John Messer ‘seriously considering’ another State Senate run


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THE COURIER/File photo

John Messer is mulling over another State Senate run. It would be the Oakland Gardens attorney’s third try at defeating incumbent State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, who has held the seat for nearly 15 years.

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Op-ed: From a lifetime of war to a final search for peace


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On January 11, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon passed away at the age of 85. Although he could be a polarizing political figure and his policies have had many critics, I found Henry Kissinger’s remembrance of Sharon in the January 13 issue of The Washington Post to be an accurate and fair representation of Sharon’s legacy.

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Korean seniors and Flushing McDonald’s owner reach peace


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A group of Korean seniors and the owner of an embattled Flushing McDonald’s have come to a truce after a cultural clash reached headlines last week, Assemblymember Ron Kim announced Monday.

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Pols call for law change after driver with suspended license fatally strikes Woodside boy


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Local elected officials are calling for a change in the law to prevent another child, like 8-year-old Noshat Nahian, from losing their life.

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Op-ed: We cannot forget the Philippines


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Just over a month ago, the strongest storm ever recorded crashed into the coast of the Philippines. Wreaking devastation over large swaths of Southeast Asia, Typhoon Haiyan has affected over 12 million people in the region and claimed thousands of lives. Even today, the death toll continues to rise.

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