“Dikaia Upotheke” – the motto of my college fraternity, Delta Upsilon International, means "Justice, Our Foundation."
Back when I was pledging, it didn't resonate. Now, I think about it every day. In my first two terms as a lawmaker, I’ve witnessed so many injustices it sometimes seems overwhelming, leading one to question the very idea of a foundation built on justice.
From a family-run restaurant owner getting pummeled as others watched, to a 16-year old being slashed across her face so violently she needed 200 stitches, to a 68 year-old losing his life to an attacker twice his size over a traffic dispute, there are many in our community who no longer believe there is justice.
Where do we go from here?
I will keep doing my part in fighting for those unable to stand up for themselves. Whether it means tackling a mugger who targeted a young mother and her baby on Main Street or pushing for more security at kids playgrounds, I will continue to be a voice for all communities.
Currently, I'm working on legislation to streamline mental health services to underserved communities, and working to toughen our hate crime statute. Do you have any suggestions you would like to share?
Please email me directly at KimR@NYAssembly.gov with your feedback.
Assemblyman Ron Kim chairs the Task Force of New Americans in the New York Assembly and currently serves on the following committees: Health, Education, Housing, Social Services, Children and Families, Government Operations, and Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions.