Opinion - Saratoga Springs Politics

The below blog posts are written by John Kaufmann.
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Monday, 06 November 2023 11:36

Kim’s Campaign Mailer Blatantly Denies Reality

By John Kaufmann | Saratoga Springs Politics
Saratoga Springs Mayor Ron Kim recently sent out the following campaign flyer with a section ironically titled "Fact Check Alert!" that contains demonstrably false information:
In this mailer Mayor Kim shamelessly promotes the false narrative that the reason Travelers Insurance canceled the city's liability insurance was due to expenses the city is incurring because of the Attorney General's investigation. He has said this repeatedly at a variety of public events, and now he has included this falsehood in his mailer going out to voters in the final days of this election.
This is patently untrue and part of a regrettable pattern of false statements from Kim.
Here is the actual letter from Travelers in which they state that the actual reason they canceled the policy was that "The City of Saratoga Springs' approach to risk and safety management creates an unacceptable increase in the hazards contemplated for the City."
Scary Implications
So the obvious question is, does he actually believe what he's telling voters in this mailer and in public statements he has been making?
The worst possibility is that he does. There is no sign that he has done anything to address Travelers' actual concern.
Why would any well-run insurance company be willing to underwrite our city with a Mayor so divorced from the truth on such a critical issue? What vulnerabilities is the city subject to because of the breakdown of Risk and Safety?
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