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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John Messer ‘seriously considering’ another State Senate run


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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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John Messer kicks off campaign against state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky


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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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Precinct helps ease parking problem outside Fresh Meadows school


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Police have stepped in to ease a daily parking problem outside a Fresh Meadows school that has frustrated parents and put students at risk for at least a year.

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City Council seats draw big names


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A handful of political hopefuls in northeast Queens are already mulling over a chance to join the city’s lawmaking body next year. The draw of taking over one vacant city council seat and possibly ousting one of the borough’s only two Republicans in another district has been luring in a number of interested candidates. Councilmember […]

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Six-time incumbent Stavisky claims victory over Messer in primary


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Incumbent State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky will fight to keep her seat in the general election after claiming victory in the highly contentious District 16 primary race last week. “I think we sent a positive message that there are issues that are important to us as Democrats,” Stavisky said during her victory party at the […]

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Messer refuses to give up fight


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It was a fight not easily conceded. State Senate hopeful John Messer refused to back down after opponent Toby Ann Stavisky reported winning numbers during the primary race for the 16th District. Messer said a hard hit in the south Flushing neighborhood of Electchester — a Stavisky-favored area — caused his influence to dwindle at […]

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Live Coverage: Queens Primary Day at the races


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7 p.m.  Members of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and officials from the United Federation of Teachers hit the streets today campaigning for Assemblymember Mike Miller in the 38th District. “When an elected official like Mike stands up for his constituents, we hope on election day his constituents stand up for him,” said Dermot Smyth, […]

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: Sunny, with a high near 93. Southwest wind 8 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. West wind 8 to 10 mph. EVENT of the DAY: Doctor Zhivago at the Museum of the Moving Image Take in the 1965 classic at the Museum of the Moving Image.  Based on […]

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Stavisky and Messer face off in 16th Senate District debate


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THE COURIER/photo by Terence Cullen

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and opponent John Messer agreed job creation was a priority in the 16th State Senate District as the two stated their platforms and fielded questions at a Wednesday, August 29 forum before hundreds of residents in the district. Despite agreeing on general issues such as employment, energy and bilingual signage, the six-time […]

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Board of Elections bounces hopefuls from ballot


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Three northeast Queens assembly hopefuls had their election dreams squashed after the city’s Board of Elections (BOE) tossed them off the primary ballot. Democrat John Scandalios, who was vying to replace Assemblymember Grace Meng in the Flushing-based 40th District, had an insufficient number of signatures and was bumped off the September 13 primary ballot, according […]

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Northeast Queens political races heat up


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Endorsements are rolling in for candidates making a run for district seats in northeast Queens. The Queens County Republican Party unanimously endorsed Joseph Concannon for State Senate in the 11th District, where the Republican and retired city police officer from Bellerose will challenge incumbent State Senator Tony Avella for the seat. In a statement, GOP […]

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And They’re Off!


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BY KEVIN J. RYAN kevinj.ryanmail@gmail.com As a Kentucky Derby winner was crowned, political candidates, it seems, continued to compete in a much longer race to fill their campaign coffers. The next funding report date for most candidates is July 15. A lot of money has likely been raised for the major candidates since the last […]

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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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Incumbent Advantages Hard to Overcome


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For all the talk of an anti-establishment wave sweeping the nation, punctuated by Christine “I dabbled into Witchcraft” O’Donnell’s victory in Delaware’s U.S. Senate primary, incumbents in Queens not only prevailed in last week’s primary, but by strikingly solid margins, with a few exceptions. Congressmember Gary Ackerman waged his most aggressive campaign in years, as […]

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