2016-09-07 / Political Page

Gazette Endorsements

STATE SENATOR STAVISKY

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, the first woman from Queens ever elected to the Senate in Albany, is being endorsed by the Gazette in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary as she seeks the party’s nomination when she runs for reelection on November 8th.

Stavisky was also the first woman to Chair the Senate Committee on Higher Education. From 2003 to 2008, Stavisky served as Assistant Minority Whip and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Higher Education.

In 2009-10, she was Chairwoman of the Committee on Higher Education. Currently she holds a leadership position in the Senate as Assistant Democratic Leader and Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Committee on Higher Education.

Stavisky (D–Flushing) was first elected to the Senate on November 2, 1999 and has subsequently been reelected eight times. In 2014, she was reelected to office with 58 percent of the vote. In 2013, Stavisky was appointed to the Subcommittee on New York City Education.

Stavisky assumed office on November 3, 1999, taking the seat previously held by her husband, state Senator Leonard Stavisky, who passed away at that time.

Senator Stavisky represents the 16th District, which covers the neighborhoods of Bayside, Flushing, Whitestone, Fresh Meadows, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Elmhurst and Woodside.

In the community, Stavisky has been involved in an array of activities, including school improvement, senior activities, social justice, opportunities for new Americans and assisting small business. We urge our readers to vote for Stavisky.

ASSEMBLYMEMBER MARKEY

In recognition of the years of dedicated service Assembly Member Margaret Markey has given in Albany and throughout her Maspeth-Woodside district, the Gazette proudly endorses her for reelection in next Tuesday’s primary election, as she seeks the Queens Democratic Party’s nomination to run for another two-year term on Election Day, November 8th.

In her career thus far, Markey has deftly struck the perfect balance between covering local and statewide matters; dividing the funds she is allotted among close to 100 local organizations, large and small; and giving the same thought and attention that she also ponders as she votes for multi-billion dollar projects in the state budget.

Markey states proudly, “I strongly believe it is my responsibility to support dedicated local non-profit organizations…I am proud to have provided funding to so many groups…”.

But she still finds time to generate the zeal to address one of the most serious problems of our time, fighting for an overhaul of New York State’s time limitations on claims of child abuse.

As a senior member of the Assembly’s leadership, Markey serves on these influential and powerful committees: Rules, Ways and Means, and Labor; she also chairs the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Art and Sports Development, and is a member of the Racing and Wagering Committee.

For these reasons, the Gazette proudly and sincerely endorses Assembly Member Margaret Markey in her quest for a 10th term in the NYS Assembly.

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