2016-05-18 / Political Page

Katz Endorses Stavisky


Queens Borough President Melinda Katz endorsed state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky’s bid for reelection, touting Stavisky’s record and advocacy of seniors. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz endorsed state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky’s bid for reelection, touting Stavisky’s record and advocacy of seniors. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz endorsed state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky’s bid for reelection on May 17. The Borough President, standing with the Senator and area seniors in front of the Taiwan Senior Center, went on to praise Stavisky’s record as an elected official and advocate for senior citizens.

“Senator Stavisky has proven herself to be a true defender of senior rights, which is why I am endorsing her reelection campaign for the 16th Senate District,” Katz said. “From her founding of a senior center, to her support of the 200 units of senior housing coming to Flushing, to her allocation of hundreds of thousands of dollars to senior programs in her district, our seniors can trust that Toby has their best interest at heart. I urge everyone to get out and vote for Toby Stavisky, so that she can continue her legacy as an advocate for senior citizens and all of her constituents.”

“I want to thank the Borough President for her kind words and her endorsement,” Stavisky said. “Our seniors have worked hard to get where they are and they deserve support. I have long been committed to providing affordable housing options, expanding the SCRIE and EPIC programs and contributing funds to senior centers. I am proud of what I have accomplished in my years as state Senator, but we still have further to go.”

Senator Stavisky also announced new legislation, S7601, she introduced this week that would increase the maximum income eligibility to qualify for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption or Disability Rent Increase Exemption. Under the current law, eligible seniors must make less than $50,000 to receive the rent increase exemption; however, many individuals who just miss the $50,000 cap are still struggling. The senator’s bill would raise the limit to $55,000 to include more seniors who live in rentregulated apartments. The bill would build upon the senator’s years of working to expand access to state programs for golden-agers.

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