Senator Stavisky Running for Re-election in SD 16
September 12, 2012
Toby Ann Stavisky – the first woman from Queens County elected to the State Senate, and the first woman to chair the Senate Committee on Higher Education – is a native New Yorker who was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She attended New York City public schools before graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, and Syracuse University, where she studied on an academic scholarship. Stavisky went on to complete her graduate school work at Hunter and Queens colleges.
The incumbent Democrat was first elected to the New York State Senate on November 2, 1999, and has subsequently been re-elected seven times since then.
A former New York City school school teacher, Stavisky advocates increasing the minimum wage, passing the New York State Dream Act, and working to retain and create good jobs for constituents in Queens.
Mindful of the corruption often plaguing the New York State Legislature, Stavisky says that “It’s time that we make Albany accountable to the people.” To that end, she supports increasing the level of transparency in government, and “making Albany work for New Yorkers again.” Stavisky has been called “a model for independent leadership in the New York State Senate” and has pledged to continue to build upon her reputation as one of the most honest and upfront public officials in New York.
The state senator’s list of supporters from the labor community includes Mason Tenders District Council, Freelancers Union, SEIU Local 32 BJ, 1199 SEIU, CSEA, Public Employees Federation, NYSUT, IBEW Local 3, New York Hotel and Motel Trade Council, CWA District 1, UFCW Local 1500, NY State Public Employees Federation, as well as EMILYs List and the Human Rights Campaign.
Publishers Note: Senator Toby Stavisky has been a consistent supporter of labor issues and deserves the endorsement of this publication.
Neal Tepel, Publisher LABORPRESS