On Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010, State Senate candidate Isaac Sasson took time out of his busy schedule to visit the KAVC interns at New York office to answer questions.
Yoonsun Na (Stuyvesant, 12) asked Sasson the reasons for him running for State Senator. Sasson replied that he has been a resident of Queens for many years and felt that he knew all the issues of the community and could reach out to its residents. He also adds that he won’t be pressured by lobbyists.
Gloria Yun (St. Michael’s) asked the candidate about the current issues of the Queens Community and ways to resolve it. He answered that he had helped or organized help for several of his neighbors in the past. He emphasized that small businesses must be protected.
Michelle Kim (Stuyvesant, 12) asked what he could provide for the Korean American community as senator. Sasson said that the Korean American community is made up of small businesses, and that he is going to ensure that those businesses are protected.
Her question was followed by Brian’s question (Oyster Bay High School, 12), who asked Sasson about how the budget crisis could be resolved. Sasson answered that the only way to resolve the budget crisis is to spend money more carefully and to think up of better plans in which we can save money. He also gave us several examples.
Another question, inquired by Yoonsun Na, was Sasson’s opinion of Flushing Commons. Sasson answered that he had known about the project ten years beforehand and he also told us that he knew that the small businesses would not be able to survive. He said that although the project would bring great benefits for Flushing, there would also be many more negative effects on the Korean community.
Afterwards, Changmin Lee (Greenneck South High, 12) asked Sasson about his campaigning strategy. Sasson replied that he was going out in public and reaching out to the community, informing people about the upcoming state senate election.
Then, Mr. Kim asked about Sasson’s thoughts about how he could be a better senator than Toby-Ann Stavisky. Sasson responded that the current senator doesn’t reach out or provide support to communities and that at a certain event; she only stayed for the photo op before leaving.
The meeting concluded with a photo op with Sasson and all the KAVC interns. Sasson also shared valuable stories of his life and he enthusiastically remarked that he’s looking forward to running a marathon in Seoul.