QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. stated the following in response to anti-Asian, anti-Semitic and other hateful bias incidents recently, such as those reported in Flushing, Astoria and Rego Park.

“These disgusting acts of anti-Asian and anti-Semitic hate were reprehensible, and those who committed them should be held accountable to the fullest extent possible,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Racism and anti-Semitism are never acceptable, especially here in The World’s Borough where we take pride in our great diversity. The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force, the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes and the New York City Commission on Human Rights must continue to undertake a coordinated approach on these issues, and my office is ready to lean in and partner with our colleagues in City government on this effort. Queens residents should also be vigilant in reporting and speaking out against such acts of hatred and in showing support for our neighbors when they are attacked. None of us should ever be made to feel unsafe or unwelcome in our own community.”