Name School After Late Lawmaker
It was totally fitting that a lawmaker, such as the late Leonard P. Stavisky, who made educational improvements his top priority during a 33-year legislative career, should have a school named in his honor. That occurred last Friday when P.S. 242 in Flushing was named in honor of Stavisky. His wife, Toby Ann, who succeeded him in the state senate, led a large group of dignitaries at the dedication ceremony.
Prior to his election to the Assembly in 1966, Stavisky taught at several colleges, including Columbia. During his Assembly career, he chaired the Education Committee for eight years. The most important and far-reaching education-related law sponsored by him was the one mandating a fixed percentage of the budget each year for education.
At the dedication of the Leonard P. Stavisky School at 136-11 31st Rd., were Borough President Helen Marshall, who served with Stavisky in the Assembly, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblymembers Nettie Mayersohn, Brian McLaughlin, Ann Margaret Carrozza, and Barry Grodenchik, Councilmembers John Liu and Tony Avella, and former borough President Claire Shulman.