Brooklyn, NY -- State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) said fundamental reforms, targeted tax relief for middle class families and businesses, and record investments in education, health care and affordable housing in this year’s budget will provide opportunities for all New Yorkers to make a better life themselves.“What we did this year was make sure our dollars were spent wisely and continue a reform agenda that will make our government more efficient and accountable to the people,” said Senator Parker.
An oped ...By State Senator Kevin Parker21st Senate District
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Expand Child Health Plus eligibility, so all of New York’s 400,000 uninsured children get insurance coverage;
Streamline enrollment for 900,000 Medicaid-eligible uninsured adults and children to ease the enrollment and re-certification process, thus reducing gaps in coverage that had people cycling off and on insurance coverage;
Add $28 million to support in-home and community-based services and restructuring and improving the long-term care system;
Brooklyn, NY -- Saying “New York State is making a down payment on its future,” State Senator Kevin Parker (D- Brooklyn) praised a series of individual and business tax cuts enacted by the Legislature, including a $1.3 billion property tax rebate, that will make the State a more affordable place to live and do business.“For far too long, New York’s residents and businesses have been saddled with the highest combined taxes in the country.
Brooklyn lawmaker noted that Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) profits nearly doubled between 2001 and 2005, from $672 million to $1.3 billion, while HMO payment reimbursements decreased. At the same time, HMO premiums increased dramatically, outpacing increases in medical payments by more than $1 billion.“By using just a fraction of HMO’s record profits, we can invest in affordable health care options for working families and others currently falling through the health care safety net,” said Senator Parker.
With tax time a little more than two-and-a-half months away, State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) is encouraging working New Yorkers to look into using the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as a way to keep more money in their own pockets.EITC is a special federal tax benefit that was created to assist low- and moderate-income workers.
Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma back in 1965. The Jewish community, many of whom were there with us as we took those steps, has similarly become more accepted in our larger nation.This year we are celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of the Selma March and all its gains.
State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) recently introduced a Senate resolution honoring a <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Harlem resident for his quick-thinking actions that saved a seizure-stricken student on a New York City subway track.Senate Resolution 35, honoring Wesley Autrey, was co-sponsored and passed unanimously by all of Senator Parker’s colleagues in a bipartisan display of appreciation for the 50-year-old construction worker and military vet
State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) says February’s Black History onth is a perfect time to recognize the standout individuals whose accomplishments who have contributed to the growing tapestry of African-Americans throughout our country’s history.“Black history is living history, one that looks forward with as much reverence as it does in looking back.” Senator Parker said.
Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) today said two property tax measures introduced by Senate Minority would have targeted tax relief to those who need it most -- primarily senior citizens and middle-class working families who have been hit hardest by skyrocketing property taxes. The measures had been offered as amendments to a proposal offered by the Senate Majority (S.1-A).
Brooklyn, NY – Saying he is "honored to be given an important leadership position in the Senate Democratic Conference," State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) graciously accepted his appointment as Minority Whip for 2007-2008 by Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens). "In my first two terms in the Senate, I have represented the people of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington and Boro Park to the best of my ability.
“This year, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will hit highways to celebrate the holidays with family and friends in and out of state,” said Senator Parker. “Whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa or New Year’s, the holiday spirit shines brightest when family and friends gather together.
“Without proper preparation, a trip can turn treacherous, even tragic,” Senator Parker added.
To commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) today called on New Yorkers, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, to join together at precisely 9:11 a.m. to pray for the many people in our communities who are infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. "World AIDS Day is a unique moment each year when all of humanity celebrates the progress we have made in the battle against AIDS, and brings attention to the enormous challenges still to come," Senator Parker said.
Brooklyn, NY – The five-year statute of limitations on rape in the State of New York is one of the shortest in the nation. During a press conference held on Tuesday, June 20th, State Senator Kevin Parker offered his full support as momentum continues to build to repeal this statute. "Just as there are no arbitrary time limits on seeking justice in murder cases, a crime as heinous as rape deserves full investigation and prosecution, regardless of how many years have passed," said Senator Parker.
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Kevin Parker (Brooklyn-D) criticized a number of appointments made by Governor George Pataki in an attempt to extend his influence into the term of his successor. "Governor Pataki has chosen to use the appointment process to further his authority in important agencies far beyond his own tenure in office," said Senator Parker. Pataki has made 27 appointments in recent weeks with terms that will expire well after he leaves office at the end of the year.
Brooklyn, NY – With only a few days remaining in the legislative session, State Senator Parker called on the Senate to pass Bill S7388, which is identical to recent legislation passed by the Assembly Transportation Committee granting drivers’ licenses to eligible immigrant residents. The bill will allow applicants for drivers’ licenses who are state residents to present documentation in lieu of Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
Albany, NY – State Senator Kevin Parker stood with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), New York’s leading statewide, grassroots gun violence prevention organization, at their 10th Annual Sensible Gun Legislation Day and called on theMajority leadership of the state Senate to join the effort to get illegal guns off the streets. The event highlighted two pieces of legislation aimed at curbing gun violence that have been passed in the Assembly but remain stalled in the Senate.