- Saratoga Springs Mayor Ron Kim recalled being the target of racism and hate while running for mayor in 2009 in an interview with News Channel 13.
- Kim, who is Korean American, has been called racial slurs and names referencing North Korea’s leader, such as “Dictator Kim” and “Kim Jong II.”
- He made history by becoming New York’s first Asian American mayor when he was sworn in as the mayor of Saratoga Springs at the beginning of this year.
- The mayor also recalled his youngest son, Steven, receiving an insulting text message in which he was called a “gook.”
Saratoga Springs Mayor Ron Kim recalled being the target of racism and hate while running for mayor in a recent interview.
In the exclusive interview with News Channel 13, Kim spoke about dealing with racist and hateful messages during his first run for mayor in 2009.
Lawmaker proposes free taxi rides and walking buddies trained in martial arts for hate crime targets
- New York Assemblymember Ron Kim has proposed the creation of programs that would provide free taxi rides and walking buddies trained in basic defense techniques.
- The proposal was sent to Governor Kathy Hochul, asking that a declaration of disaster emergency be issued to help fund the programs.
- The funding for the programs is estimated to cost around $30 to $40 million.
- Eligibility for protected groups under the program would require that they had experienced a 200% increase in targeted hate crimes from the previous year.
- The proposed programs would include a voucher system for 15 free taxi trips per month and the creation of an agency called “Security Companion Service for Protected Groups,” which would consist of officers trained in basic self-defense techniques.
Queen’s Assemblymember Ron Kim has issued a proposal to fund the creation of programs that will include free taxi rides and walking buddies for groups targeted by hate crimes.
Kim sent a missive to Governor Kathy Hochul requesting a declaration of disaster emergency to fund the programs in light of the recent surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans.