Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky – already the first woman from Queens County elected to the State Senate – made her second entry into the State Senate history books April 13 as the first woman elected official from Queens to preside over the Senate. The Session included the passage of more than 70 resolutions.
Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, Chairwoman of the Higher Education Committee, receives a dish from Farid Hairullovich Mukhametshin, Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan and Speaker of the Russian Republic’s Parliament, who was touring the Capitol. Mr. Mukhametshin also toured SUNY Albany’s College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering to learn how Tatarstan can develop nanotechnology.
Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky welcomed His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, who delivered the invocation to open the Senate session in Albany on Wednesday, May 6. Sen. Stavisky had the opportunity to meet the holy man and shake his hand, and he wished her peace.
Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky attended an honorary doctorate ceremony at SUNY Stony Brook for Madame Liu Yandong, the highest-ranking woman in the government of the People's Republic of China.
In the photo (l. to r.) are: Sen. Stavisky; SUNY Stony Brook President Shirley Strum Kenny; Mme. Liu Yandong; Zhou Yi, Education Minister of the People's Republic of China, and a SUNY alumnus. Photo by Sam Levitan/SUNY.
The Northeast Queens community held a rally to oppose construction of 18 two family homes on the Klein Farm site on 73rd Avenue in Fresh Meadows. Because Fresh Meadows has a unique designation as a Preservation District, a zoning change would be necessary. Attending the rally are (left to right) Tami Hirsch, President of the Civic Association of Utopia Estates, Sam Weprin and his dad, Assembly Member Mark Weprin, Senator Stavisky and Council Member David Weprin who organized the rally.
Sen. Stavisky always enjoys meeting with students and today, Friday, March 7th she met with representatives of Queens Student Association and the New York Public Interest Research Group. They discussed the need for CUNY to remain accessible and affordable. Specifically, tuition should not be increased, the percentage of full-time faculty should be increased, cuts to opportunity programs should be restored, and the Fitzgerald Gym, built more than 50 years ago, needs renovation.