Elected officials condemn racist graffiti at LIRR station.
BY JAMES FARRELL
A sign outside the Long Island Rail Road’s Murray Hill station in Flushing was defaced with defamatory language targeting Flushing’s Asian community, and local elected officials are demanding accountability.
The racially charged messages said “Chinese Losers town,” “Asians all on welfare” and “Whites built Flushing.”
Elected officials and community members held a press conference alongside the Korean-American Parents Association of Greater New York on Monday to denounce the vandalism.
On Wednesday, Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) sent letters to the MTA police, 109th Precinct and Department of Transportation requesting a review of any surveillance footage relating to the incidents.
“The coward who committed these terrible acts must be found,” Kim said in a statement. “I am proud to live in and represent one of the most diverse constituencies in the country, where there is no place for this kind of behavior. It goes against the very character of our neighborhoods, and my office will do all that we can in working with local law enforcement to keep our communities safe, united and free of hate.”
Stavisky echoed his comments.
“The racist words graffitied on the Murray Hill station have no place in our community,” she said.
“That is why I stood with the people of Flushing against this disgusting form of hatred. I was pleased to see MTA officers monitoring the area.”
Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) also attended the Monday press conference, and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) issued a statement following news of the incident.
“We must all stand up and condemn this unacceptable bigotry,” she said. “I thank the authorities who are investigating this crime and hope that those responsible are apprehended and swiftly brought to justice.”
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