[Fort Lee Republican candidate Gary Schwartz and KACE staff and interns.Participating interns from left, Heesung Kim, Dabin Jung, Kyungmin Do, Shinhye Kim, Soyoung Park, Miji Park, Jenny Kim, Shena Sung.]
June 27, 2013, Fort Lee Republican Candidate Gary Schwartz visited KACE to outreach to Korean American voters.
Son of the Jewish and Russian immigrant, Mr. Schwartz has lived in Fort Lee for about 25 years and has a background of working for the New York County Lawyers Association. During the last couple of years, he has worked as an investor.
He is particularly concerned with the increasing development in Fort Lee, especially the building of high rises. He stated that the continued development of high rises will drain the resources of the city. He believes that the taxes will rise and the quality of life will decrease.
Fort Lee has a Korean population of 7,282, out of a total population of 35,411. Koreans account for approximately 20.6% of the town. Fort Lee is noted to have the highest Korean American Voter density of Bergen County. There are 5,437 Korean American citizens and of that number 1,974 are registered voters, which amount to approximately 36.3%. Fort Lee Korean Americans needs to register to vote and actively participate to vote.
When he is elected into office, he plans to reduce the government into a system of basic essentials. He wants to focus on working on education and the town necessities. He also wants the town to become more involved in government and is interested listening to people’s suggestions.
Mr. Schwartz also recognizes the importance of Korean Americans to the Fort Lee population. He stated that many Korean Americans own small businesses, which are essential to the structure of Fort Lee and the United States. In order to revitalize the town economy, Shwartz plans to make sure that tax rates are not too high and remove regulations on businesses. He wants to the challenge the status quo and work for what the towns people need.