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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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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Stavisky, Markey, Sanders win primary


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Three incumbent Queens elected officials have easily taken the win in the Democratic primary.

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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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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


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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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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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Voters pick Stavisky over two challengers


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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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A second first for Stavisky


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Photo Courtesy Senator Toby Ann Stavisky               State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky holds the distinction of being the first woman to be elected to the senate from Queens – in November 1999. On Tuesday, April 13, she made her second entry into the State Senate history books by being the first female elected official […]

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Stavisky beats Koo, keeps Senate seat


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Democrat Toby Ann Stavisky retained her seat in the 16th Senate District after defeating Flushing businessperson Peter Koo, her first formidable opponent throughout her nine years in office. Stavisky captured 69 percent of the vote. “I’m grateful to my constituents and thankful to be returning to serve the people of the state in a new […]

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Koo challenges Stavisky for Senate


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Democratic Senator Toby Ann Stavisky will likely face her most formidable challenge for her Senate seat as she faces off against Republican candidate, businessman Peter Koo, in the 16th Senate District that encompasses northern and central Queens. Owner of a chain of pharmacies in Flushing and president of the Flushing Chinese Business Association, Koo said […]

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Annual fall food drive


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The first day of fall saw the launch of the 4th annual “Harmony Initiative Fall Food Drive” recently, organized by the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council (NEQJCC), with the support of numerous groups and elected officials. “As the largest regional Jewish community council in the Greater New York area, NEQJCC is proud to sponsor this […]

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Stavisky honored by FH senior center


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Rachel Epstein (left), Director of the Selfhelp Austin Street Senior Center in Forest Hills, presented State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky with a certificate of appreciation at a recent luncheon thanking the Senator for her work in trying to make Queens Boulevard safer as well as providing funding for one of their programs.

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Rename post office to honor Leonard Stavisky


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The Linden Hill Post Office in Flushing will now bear the name of a late local politician after officials dedicated the office in honor of State Senator and Assemblymember Leonard Stavisky. “For every issue that begged for leadership, Leonard was there,” said Congressmember Gary Ackerman, who officiated at the renaming ceremony on Monday, May 21. […]

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Stavisky takes oath


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State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, was sworn into office by Chief Justice Judith Kaye in the State Senate Chamber in Albany on January 3. Kaye, the first woman to head New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, administered oath of office to Stavisky, the first woman elected to the State Senate from Queens. Stavisky […]

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