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After an LIRR Murray Hill Station sign was vandalized with anti-Asian graffiti, MTA Police have installed a security camera at the station.

Community leaders and elected officials were outraged after discovering a LIRR Murray Hill Station sign a week ago covered with racist statements like “Asians all on welfare,” “Chinese losers town” and “Whites built Flushing!” written all over it.

In response to the racist graffiti Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) wrote a letter to the MTA Police, the 109th Precinct and city DOT asking for a review of all available footage relating to the incidents and requested a thorough and immediate investigation of any evidence identifying the perpetrator. MTA responded promptly by installing cameras at the station. Kim thanked the MTA Police for addressing community concerns and making security upgrades at the Station.

“My fellow elected officials and I are hopeful that this will stem the recent tide of repulsive vandalism there, and make the area safer for all residents,” he said. “We are also grateful to our local community leaders for their unceasing efforts to successfully resolve this issue, as well as the MTA and Gov. Cuomo for their outreach to our community. If there are still security problems that need to be addressed even after the installation of this camera, my pledge to secure additional funding still stands.”

Last week Korean community leaders, nearby business owners and elected officials joined Kim to denounce the acts, which they made said in no way represented the ideology of the diverse and tolerant character of their neighborhood.

Kim said the coward who committed these terrible acts must be found.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Christine Colligan, co-president of the Korean-American Parents Association of Greater New York, said the group has requested footage from the surveillance camera be sent to the MTA Police Chief, and that a MTA Police team continually patrol the Murray Hill station.

“Hate Speech Vandalism is a criminal act and is extremely dangerous and violation of federal, states and city law,” she said. “The citizens of Flushing will not allow such criminal acts in our neighborhood. Taxpayers and citizens have a right to be safe and protected from such hateful crimes. We should not only erase the graffiti but also catch the perpetrator.”

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at gmartinez@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Updated 1:12 am, December 29, 2017
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Jeff from Flushing says:
It’s so funny they call it hate crime. There is a whore house right in front of it. 40-17 149 pl And across from that too. Is another one. That whole area. Has criminal activity they should put cameras on every corner. And have immigration. There.
Dec. 30, 2017, 10:51 pm
Lirr from Flushing says:
That is so true So much going on there Asian crime illegal immigrants. Prostitution runs ramped
Jan. 1, 10:19 pm
Stupid Whitey from Flushing says:
It's funny how ——ing white people complain when they abandoned Flushing in the 80's. Now that its revitalized, these ——ing monkeys want a piece. LOL, these past months have revealed that white people are retarded. Hopefully the opiate crisis will kill them all off.
Jan. 2, 4:25 pm
Fbi from Nyc says:
Well thanks for the info people. No one is above the law and soon the dogs will have there day
Jan. 2, 10:56 pm
Jason valli from Flushing says:
Thanks god some seen this post. Hopefully something will get done. That area. Is so corrupt at night it’s even worse drugs and prostitution in most of the store fronts. Upstairs. Mostly. Yea the place on 149st. It’s been there for years says massage. Yea all dirty men come in and out all ways with the heads down. Like there try to hide there faces
Jan. 3, 11:30 am

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