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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 [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Billy Rennison 8/31/2012 at 7:00AM

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 [...]

Stavisky and Messer face off in 16th Senate District debate
Stavisky and Messer face off in 16th Senate District debate
Central Terence M. Cullen 8/30/2012 at 12:51PM

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 [...]

Board of Elections bounces hopefuls from ballot
News Melissa Chan 8/13/2012 at 5:34PM

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 [...]

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 [...]