Stavisky scores endorsements from mayor, Queens borough president in state Senate re-election bid

Toby Ann Stavisky (Courtesy of Stavisky’s office)

With the Nov. 8 general election approaching, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky received two special endorsements from Mayor Eric Adams and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, as she is running for re-election to the New York State Senate to represent District 11. 

Adams touted Stavisky’s historic 23-year record as a legislator. 

“I trust that you will re-elect my friend and colleague [state] Senator Toby Stavisky. Toby has a proven track record of fighting for her community and all of New York State,” Adams said. 

The mayor’s announcement came on the heels of Richards’ endorsement for Stavisky. 

“Toby Stavisky cares about our community and will never stop fighting for us,” Richards said. “She’s taught in our schools and as a Senator she delivers for our kids. She’s stood up to extremists and passed common sense gun laws. I’m proud to endorse her for re-election.”

In response to the endorsements, Stavisky said she is proud to have the support of the mayor and borough president. 

“I look forward to continuing our work together to make our city safer and bring needed resources to Queens. Our constituents benefit when we all work together,” Stavisky said. 

Stavisky represents District 11, which encompasses the neighborhoods of Flushing, College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Douglaston-Little Neck, and parts of Hollis and Bellerose. She assumed office in 1999. Her current term ends on Jan. 1, 2023. Members of the New York State Senate serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits.

Stavisky is a Democratic candidate running on the Working Families Party (WFP) line against Republican challenger Stefano Forte in the general election. 

Stavisky is the first woman from Queens County elected to the state Senate and is the first woman to chair the Senate Committee on Higher Education. She earned her B.A. from Syracuse University, her M.A. from Queens College and another M.A. from Hunter College. Her professional experience includes working as district manager for northeast Queens for the 1980 Census, working in the Actuarial Department for an insurance company and as a social studies teacher for New York City High Schools.

Stavisky resides in Whitestone, where she and her late husband (and former Senator) Leonard Stavisky raised her son, Evan. 

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