Toby Ann Stavisky

Op-ed: From a lifetime of war to a final search for peace
News Op-Ed 1/26/2014 at 9:26AM

On January 11, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon passed away at the age of 85. Although he could be a polarizing political figure and his policies have had many critics, I found Henry Kissinger’s remembrance of Sharon in the January 13 issue of The Washington Post to be an accurate and fair representation of Sharon’s legacy.

Op-ed: We cannot forget the Philippines
News Op-Ed 12/18/2013 at 12:59PM

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.

Op-Ed: Election equality long overdue
News Op-Ed 7/21/2013 at 1:30PM

STATE SENATOR TOBY ANN STAVISKY AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER DAVID WEPRIN Last Friday, we joined many leaders of the South Asian community from across Queens to commend the Board of Elections for its plan to provide voter assistance in Bengali for the upcoming elections. While we were heartened by the plan put forth by the Board of [...]

Library expansion breaks ground in memory of Queens activist
Library expansion breaks ground in memory of Queens activist
News Melissa Chan 4/25/2013 at 9:29AM

Their eyes looking to the skies in memory of a lost beloved leader, elected officials drove their golden shovels into the dirt to break ground on a long-anticipated library expansion project. “It feels so good to be standing here today, knowing that construction is beginning,” said Queens Library President Thomas Galante at the Friday, April [...]

Legislators come thru for co-op, condo owners
News Melissa Chan 12/18/2012 at 1:33PM

State leaders will end up keeping their pledge to co-op and condo shareholders in the city. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the Legislature has reached an agreement on tax relief legislation and will sign it into law when officials return to Albany. The city will also issue tax bills based [...]

Incumbent Stavisky, newcomer Ron Kim defeat Republican challengers
Incumbent Stavisky, newcomer Ron Kim defeat Republican challengers
Central Alexa Altman 11/07/2012 at 1:15AM

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 [...]

Racial slurs mar Flushing site
Racial slurs mar Flushing site
News Melissa Chan 9/14/2012 at 11:24AM

A $500 reward is on the table for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perp responsible for spray-painting anti-Asian racial slurs on sites in downtown Flushing, said three of the area’s elected officials. The word “gook” — a derogatory slang term used to describe Asian people — was branded on [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
News Billy Rennison 9/14/2012 at 10:08AM

Today’s Forecast Friday: Sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 6 to 11 mph. Friday night: Scattered showers, mainly after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Event of the Day: A Tribute to Lena Horne and Nina Simone Seven-time [...]