11:30 am Feb. 8, 2013
Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis was in Queens yesterday talking about maintenance work along the 7 train line, which will impact Lunar New Year celebration plans for the nearly half-million Asian residents in the borough.
He said having the service disruption during that holiday was a sign that policy makers did not have "respect" for Asians in the area.
Then a reporter asked Catsimatidis the following question: "What would you do [for] the Asian community apart from [taking on] the M.T.A.?"
And Catsimatidis was off.
"I would have a representative of the Asian community: Half a million people, you deserve to have someone in the administration reporting directly to the mayor. For half a million people, you deserve it."
When I asked him to elaborate, Catsimatidis said other ethnic groups would also have representatives reporting directly to him.
"I think we should have one from the Italian community. I think we should have one from the Asian community and every community that—I like to be in the loop. That's the rule in my companies. And that's going to be the rule in the city of New York. I don't want to be the last person to know what is going on."