John Messer Mulling Third Bid Against Toby Stavisky

John Messer. (Photo: Facebook)
John Messer. (Photo: Facebook)

Is the third time the charm?

John Messer, an attorney and business owner, may try yet again to unseat Queens State Senator Toby Stavisky, he told Politicker this afternoon. He previously ran unsuccessful challenges against Ms. Stavisky in 2010 and 2012.  Continue reading “John Messer Mulling Third Bid Against Toby Stavisky”

‘McResolution!’: Elected Officials Help Broker Peace at Flushing McDonald’s

Elected officials assembled for today's press conference: State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim and Congresswoman Grace Meng. (Photo: Mr. Kim's office)
Elected officials assembled for today’s press conference: State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim and Congresswoman Grace Meng. (Photo: Mr. Kim’s office)

This particular beef may finally be over.

Elected officials and Korean-American community leaders gathered today in Flushing, Queens to declare a resolution had been brokered in an escalating battle between local seniors and a McDonald’s. Or, in the words of Assemblyman Ron Kim’s press release: “McResolution!Continue reading “‘McResolution!’: Elected Officials Help Broker Peace at Flushing McDonald’s”

Breakaway Democrats Trying to Unseat Toby Stavisky

Toby Stavisky. (Photo: NYS Senate)
Toby Stavisky. (Photo: NYS Senate)

The breakaway Democratic caucus in the State Senate is trying to recruit a candidate to unseat Senator Toby Stavisky, a Democrat from Queens, as they seek to strengthen their control of the chamber.

A source with direct knowledge of the Independent Democratic Conference’s plans freely admitted the efforts to Politicker this afternoon. Continue reading “Breakaway Democrats Trying to Unseat Toby Stavisky”

Queens Pols Host ‘Welcome Home’ Dinner For Alan Hevesi

Alan Hevesi. (Photo: Getty)
Alan Hevesi. (Photo: Getty)

A small group of Queens officials quietly schmoozed with disgraced ex-Comptroller Alan Hevesi last night, reuniting with him for a “welcome home” dinner after he was jailed for his role in a massive pay-to-play scandal.

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Liz Crowley Hires Campaign Manager

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Councilwoman Crowley (Photo: Facebook)

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who’s running for a new open Congressional District in Queens, has hired State Senator Toby Stavisky’s Chief of Staff Avi Fink to manage her campaign.

Interestingly, Ms. Stavisky is close to the Queens Democratic Party and was one of the party leaders who successfully nominated Assemblywoman Grace Meng for the establishment’s formal endorsement in the race, even though Ms. Crowley is the cousin of the Democratic establishment’s leader Congressman Joe Crowley.

The news, first reported by the Daily News‘ Alison Gendar, was subsequently confirmed in an email Mr. Fink circulated to his contacts.

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