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The power of the local press was on full display in the tight 2009 City Council race between Democratic nominee Kevin Kim and Republican Dan Halloran.
Halloran did not allow Multi-Media’s role in the race to go unnoticed. In September 2009, the Tribune ran a story originally headlined “Democratic Victor vs. Pagan Lord” that detailed Halloran’s unconventional religious practices.
Queens politics in 2012 brought new districts, a historic election in the 6th Congressional District and enough cloak-and-dagger intrigue to fill a Robert Ludlum novel.
But when Hurricane Sandy struck in October, killing 12 people in Queens and more than 40 in the city, devastating the Rockaways, Howard Beach, lower Manhattan and Staten Island, the people of central Queens, who were largely spared the storm’s wrath, rallied to the cause of those worst hit.
In last month’s state Senate primary races, two Democratic incumbents fought for their political lives. In both cases, the candidates relied on their political bases to lift them over well-funded opponents.
Official results from the NYC Board of Elections, however, show the voters in the two senators’ base neighborhoods did not ultimately help, or hurt, them.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky beat attorney John Messer in Thursday’s Democratic primary and will face Republican attorney J.D. Kim in the Nov. 6 general election.
The Board of Election’s unofficial numbers show attorney John Messer with 42 percent of the vote.
Following a contentious campaign, six-time incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) defeated attorney John Messer in the race to represent the 16th District in the Democratic primary last Thursday.
Stavisky, 74, faced challenger, Messer, 41, an attorney from Oakland Gardens, in the race to represent the 16th District, which runs from Woodside and Elmhurst to Oakland Gardens and parts of Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Forest Hills and Rego Park. It encompasses 60 percent of Stavisky’s old district.
A guest at John Messer's campaign party points out polling results to Messer's son on Thursday night.
Preliminary primary results show John Messer, center, with 42 percent of the vote and state Sen. Toby Stavisky with 58 percent.
Six-time incumbent State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) pulled ahead in last night's Democratic primary.
Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) told supporters he has won the primary to retain his seat, beating challenger Etienne David Adorno. Miller's campaign staff said Miller took 71 percent of the vote to Adorno's 29 percent, citing unofficial Board of Elections figures.
Outside PS 20 are Diego Domisol, a volunteer for state Senate challenger John Messer, Messer's wife, Wendy Messer, and Messer's mother, Sue Messer. They said they were getting positive feedback from voters. Messer is trying to unseat northern Queens Sen. Toby Stavisky.
As expected following this year's redrawing of state legislative districts and the Board of Elections' admission that it directed thousands of people in Queens to the wrong polling places, a number of voters were unpleasantly surprised when going to cast their ballots in Thursday's primaries.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky is facing a Democratic challenger, John Messer, in the Sept. 13 primary.
John Messer and incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky debated in Flushing last week. They will be on the Sept. 13 Democratic primary ballot.
John Messer of Oakland Gardens is opposing incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky in the 16th District. He says voters have told him it’s time for a change.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) is proud of her accomplishments and hopes voters will return her to Albany to continue those efforts.
Stavisky, 74, faces Democratic Primary challenger, John Messer, 41, of Oakland Gardens, on Sept. 13. Two years ago, she beat him in a three-way race, with Messer, an attorney, coming in third.
State Senate candidate John Messer got the idea for his campaign slogan —“It’s Time for a Change”— from residents of the district.
As an elected official, “You have to serve the people,” Messer said. “They feel she hasn’t.”
A large crowd of around 200 turned out on Aug. 29 as incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and challenger John Messer met in a candidates forum in Flushing.
The 16th Senatorial District candidates see eye to eye on many of the major issues, with gay marriage and charter schools being among their primary areas of disagreement.
Voters throughout much of Queens will go to the polls Thursday, Sept. 13, to cast ballots in primary races held by both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Citizens can expect some changes and possible complications, however. The state Senate and Assembly districts for which the primaries are being held have been redrawn, as per the last Census, so many residents will be faced with names that may not be familiar to them.
A crowd of around 200 turned out on Aug. 29 as incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and challenger John Messer, a business owner and attorney, faced off at a state Senate District 16 Candidates Forum held in Flushing for the Democratic Primary.
On a blustery Monday afternoon, Democratic Assembly hopeful Ron Kim and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone), along with members of the 1199SEIU labor union, held a press conference to discuss Queen’s hospital closings.
“We’re here for a very simple reason,” Kim said, in front of Flushing Hospital Medical Center. “We want to make sure that our hospitals stay open.”
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.
Facing two challengers in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky took 45 percent of the vote, virtually guaranteeing her re-election in November.
Democratic voters will choose among three candidates for the 16th State Senate District seat in next Tuesday’s primary election.
The fight for the 16th District state Senate seat took a personal turn Tuesday at a public discussion at the Flushing Library. Democratic candidates served up snark and sharp talk amid politicking, with jabs ranging from the familial to the financial.