State Senator Kevin S. Parker (D-Brooklyn) today commended Judge Reena Raggi for her decision to deny leniency to former police officer Charles Schwarz, accused of participating in a brutal attack on suspect Abner Louima and convicted of perjury. A federal jury could not reach a verdict as to whether Schwarz took part in the assault by restraining Louima as he was brutalized and tortured by officer Justin Volpe.
Brooklyn, NY – Calling it “historic” and “a bold first step to reform New York” State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) has come out in praise of this year 2007-2008 State budget passed by state legislators last week.
Brooklyn, NY – In keeping with his mission to "Build Bridges And Unite Communities," State Senator Kevin Parker of the 21st Senate District in Brooklyn, hosted a free concert in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16. Billed as "A Shared Dream," the event gave community residents an opportunity to celebrate the live and legacy of the late Civil Rights champion.
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Kevin Parker blasted Governor George Pataki's final executive budget, saying it "provides more support for wealthier New Yorkers, who don't need it, than it does for the working class families in our state who are struggling to get by." Parker, Senator of the 21st Senator District in Brooklyn, said the Governor has "broken his promise to the people of New York by extending the sales tax on clothing which costs less than $110.
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Kevin Parker today sharply criticized a deal that could grant early release to one of the disgraced former police officers involved in the Abner Louima torture case. "The kidnapping and beating of Abner Louima is one of the most horrifying examples of police brutality this city has ever seen," said Parker, Senator of the 21st Senate District in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn, NY – Like most other New Yorkers I have been gravely affected by the transit strike and for what it is doing to this city. But maybe not for the same reasons as most other people who have not grasped the real issues at hand. Even so, I can no longer sit idly by and maintain observer status as the MTA, the governor and mayor are allowed to run this city into an abyss of confusion, race and political grandstanding.
We may be in the dead of winter, but now is the appropriate time for us to be reminded of an energy source New York State has in abundance the energy of the sun. Last November the State SenateMinority Task Force on an Alternative Energy Future, which I chair, convened a forum of solar experts and advocates from around the region to propose how to use both the light and heat of the sun to create a brighter and cleaner future. On cold and gray winter days, it's hard to believe that the sunshine falling on New York in one day could supply all the State's energy for a year.
State Senator Kevin S. Parker, chair of the Senate’s new Minority Task Force On An Alternative Energy Future today heard testimony from many of the State’s leading experts on solar power. The task force is seeking to expand New York’s solar power capacity and improve the business climate for New York’s solar industry.
Saying that some members of the Senate Majority "continue to cast undocumented aliens in a very poor light," State Senator Kevin S. Parker (D-Brooklyn) today criticized the passage of Senate Bill 407, legislation that would require applicants for a driver’s license to submit proof that he or she is a legal resident of the United States. "The Senate Majority for some reason continues to pass bills that try to single out immigrants, individuals whose sole purpose is to make better lives for themselves," Senator Parker said.
Saying that "New York’s working families, who form the backbone of our state’s economy, deserve tax measures that actually allow them to keep more -- not less -- of their hard-earned money," State Senator Kevin Parker (D/WFP-Brooklyn) supported a number of budget amendments recently proposed by the SenateMinority Conferenceduring the 2005 budget debate.
Saying "the Senate Majorityhas turned their backs on the interests of New Yorkers," State Senator Kevin S. Parker (D- Brooklyn) today criticized the Senate’s adoption of rules for the 2005-06 session. "From Buffalo, to Bath, to Brooklyn and to Brookhaven, theMajority memberssaid they would change the way business is done in Albany during the 2004 campaign for State Senate seats all across New York State.
State Senator Kevin S. Parker (D- Brooklyn) said New York City residents have the opportunity to receive free advice in all areas of the law through Housing Conservation Coordinators (HCC), an organization that has worked to preserve safe, decent and affordable housing since 1972. "HCC’s reputation as an advocate for the residents of the Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton neighborhoods of Manhattan are well-earned.
Hopeful that New York City schoolchildren will finally be able to obtain the education they deserve, State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) said today that he was estactic to learn of the CFE Master’s recommendations to increase aid to City schools. "The argument over whether City schools deserve a fair share of the state education aid has gone on for way too long. After ten long years of the legislature failing to serve these children, we have finally come to a resolution," said Senator Parker.