In this year’s race for the 16th state Senate district, incumbent state Senator Toby-Ann Stavisky is facing challenger S.J. Jung, a small-business owner and former president of the MinKwon Center for Community Action. The two faced off before in 2014.
Toby Stavisky, a former high school social studies teacher, is the first woman from Queens to be elected to the state Senate and the first woman to chair the Senate Committee on Higher Education.
In this election cycle we have seen a bitter divide between people who wish to uplift those most unfortunate and others who are blind to the reality today towards tolerance and understanding of our differences. Senator Stavisky has proven many times she stands with a progressive outlook and will defend others rights including the woman’s right to make a choice as well as gay rights which have finally been acknowledged by the US Supreme court.
Stavisky fought to push the 10-point agenda for women’s equality, some of which include: achieving equal pay, protecting a woman’s right to choose, stopping human trafficking, and paid maternity leave.
Unfortunately, her opponent Mr. Jung, does not feel the same way and we believe he would have opposed all of these reforms if he was elected years ago. We believe he is out of touch with the voters in this Senate district and would not be a representative who reflects the values of this community.
To continue a progressive approach and to maintain her leadership in the Senate, the Queens Tribune supports the election of Toby Stavisky next Tuesday.