State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) will not run against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), and instead will announce her campaign for the 16th Senate District on Friday, according to an announcement sent from her camp on Tuesday.
As part of the redistricting plan approved by the state Legislature and Gov. Cuomo in March, Stavisky's home was drawn into the same district as Avella — meaning she would have to run against her colleague or move. Senate Republicans said the new lines for the 16th were meant to make way for an Asian-majority district.
So, instead of pitting herself against Avella, who said last month he will run for re-election in the 11th Senate District, Stavisky will run for the district that she now represents, the 16th.
While she is not legally required to move into the district for this year's election, she will have to uproot and find a new place to live in the 16th district a year before the 2014 election.
There will be a number of dignitaries at Friday's announcement, which will be held at the Flushing Library at 1 p.m, including Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing), according to the statement sent from Stavisky's campaign.
John Messer, a U.S. Army veteran previously stationed at Fort Totten, has also thrown his hat in the ring for the 16th Senate District. Messer, also a Democrat, will face off against Stavisky in the June 26 primary.
The 16th Senate District includes Bayside, Flushing, Whitestone, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens Forest Hills, Rego Park, Elmhurst, parts of Woodside and other communities in central Queens.