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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John Messer stops bid for state Senate


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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: 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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Call to reinstate free parking at Pomonok Community Center


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Visitor parking spots that were once free will now cost a Pomonok community center roughly $2,700, officials said. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), since partnering up in March with Greystone Parking Services, has come under fire for spiking some annual parking rates at 43 citywide developments. Now it is facing more heat for […]

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Middle Village teen receives congressional, state commendations for science achievements


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The only Queens teen to make the semifinals in a prestigious national science competition has a few more honors to place on her mantel. Aishvarya Arora, 17, a senior at St. Francis Prep, was given commendations from the U.S. Congress, State Senate and Assembly on Friday, February 8 for making it to the second to […]

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Incumbent Stavisky, newcomer Ron Kim defeat Republican challengers


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THE COURIER/PHOTOS BY ALEXA ALTMAN

Political veteran State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky welcomed in a new generation of local leadership when she and first-time candidate Ron Kim celebrated their general election wins of Senate District 16 and Assembly District 40, respectively. Stavisky, the first woman from Queens to be elected to the State Senate, defeated Republican opponent J.D. Kim with […]

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Six-time incumbent Stavisky claims victory over Messer in primary


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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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Stavisky and Messer face off in 16th Senate District debate


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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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State cutting kosher food inspectors


| jtantongco@queenscourier.com

Kosher food inspectors for New York State will find themselves out of work beginning on January 1, 2011, leaving the borough and the rest of the state without government-regulated kosher standards, said State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. Stavisky slammed the layoffs. “Unfortunately, these cuts would undoubtedly mean that untrained Agriculture and Markets inspectors would monitor […]

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State cutting kosher food inspectors


| jtantongco@queenscourier.com

Kosher food inspectors for New York State will find themselves out of work beginning on January 1, 2011, leaving the borough and the rest of the state without government-regulated kosher standards, said State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. Stavisky slammed the layoffs. “Unfortunately, these cuts would undoubtedly mean that untrained Agriculture and Markets inspectors would monitor […]

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Voters pick Stavisky over two challengers


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

Facing a challenge from two opponents with very deep pockets, incumbent State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky scored a decisive, double-digit victory in the State Senate District 16 primary. Stavisky, who was facing a challenge from Isaac Sasson, a retired professor and cancer researcher, and John Messer, a lawyer and small business owner, received 6,475 votes […]

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