16th senate district

Six-time incumbent Stavisky claims victory over Messer in primary
Six-time incumbent Stavisky claims victory over Messer in primary
News Melissa Chan 9/14/2012 at 2:15AM

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 [...]

Messer refuses to give up fight
Messer refuses to give up fight
News Alexa Altman 9/14/2012 at 1:11AM

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 [...]

John Messer kicks off campaign against state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky
John Messer kicks off campaign against state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky
News Melissa Chan 7/27/2012 at 7:16AM

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 [...]