Toby on The Issues:


Improving Our Schools

As the only Senator from New York City who has taught in the public schools, Toby Stavisky has been a tireless advocate for improving education. She was a strong supporter of New York’s landmark Universal Pre-K program to give all children a shot at success. As a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and the mother of a Bronx Science graduate, she strongly supports preserving the SHSAT exam. She also wrote the law that forced colleges to address domestic violence and stalking by providing incoming students with information on their rights, prevention, penalties and the college’s response to incidents, including assistance for victims.

Protecting Working Families

Toby Stavisky was a strong supporter of New York’s groundbreaking Paid Family Leave Law, a measure that the Huffington Post described as “the best in the nation.” She proudly backed efforts to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour to ensure that everyone working full-time has a path to the middle class. And she voted to cut middle class taxes to their lowest rate in 70 years.

Promoting Civil Rights for all New Yorkers

Toby Stavisky represents one of the most diverse legislative districts in the country. She believes everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. As the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Higher Education Committee, she has been a key supporter of the DREAM Act, which would enable undocumented students access to financial aid programs. A longtime defender of a woman’s right to choose, she is proud to be 100% pro-choice and a supporter of legislative efforts to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. She also has consistently supported civil rights legislation for the LGBTQ community, including voting to enact New York State’s marriage equality law.