Kevin S. Parker's Press releases

SENATOR PARKER ADVOCATES KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER

Brooklyn, NY- On Monday, November 18, Senator Kevin Parker was one of two featured guests at the screening and discussion of the movie Fighting for Freedom at Albany Law School. The Senator’s co-panelist was Terminator 3 star, the actress and producer, Kristanna Loken. The discussion was moderated by the Law school’s Associate Dean Alicia Oullette and Albany Law professor Sarah Rogerson, who leads the school’s Immigration Project.

November 20, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Introduces College Credits for Veterans

(Brooklyn, NY) – On the eve of the national Veterans Day holiday observance on Monday, November 11, 2013, Senator Kevin Parker (D-21), announced he would be introducing the NY CARES Act (New York College Aid for Returning Empire State Service members).  The bill requires New York’s public and private universities to accept military service for some college credit.

November 11, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER ADVANCES THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS

Brooklyn, NY- On Saturday, November 9, 2013, State Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-45) and The City University of New York Citizenship Now partnered to host a free citizenship application assistance event at Brooklyn College. Over 200 permanent residents from across Brooklyn and New York City received free one-on-one counseling, pro bono legal services and assistance in assessing and completing their applications.

November 9, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER CROWNED A ‘KING OF KINGS COUNTY’

Brooklyn, NY- On Thursday, November 7, 2013, Senator Kevin Parker was declared one of the ‘Kings of Kings County’ at the 3rd Annual Kings of Kings County - A Champions Breakfast Awards & Networking Event. The awards breakfast was held at El Caribe Country Club this year. The purpose of the award is to recognize Brooklyn’s most influential male change agents; people whose major achievements, leadership and participation in the community help strengthen the city. The awards ceremony was attended by hundreds of guests, and preceded by a business expo where business and community leaders had opportunities to network.

November 8, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER PROTECTED 200 SENIORS AGAINST THE FLU THIS SEASON

Brooklyn, NY- On Friday, November 1, 2013, Senator Kevin Parker and event sponsors Citi Home Health Care Services and WellCare, provided free influenza vaccinations for seniors and children in his district. As part of a broad-reaching effort to keep his constituents and Brooklyn residents healthy, Senator Parker, and event sponsors WellCare, Citi Health Home Care, Walgreens, administered more than 60 free flu shots, by a certified nurse practitioners from Walgreen’s Pharmacy, at Lenox Road Baptist Church.

November 6, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Urges Congress to Restore SNAP Funding and Work to Create Middle Class Jobs

(Brooklyn, NY) – Today, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, will be cut by $5 billion. “I call upon our leaders in Congress to restore funding to SNAP and pass legislation that will create strong middle-class jobs,” said Senator Parker. “People are hurting and instead of promoting policies to guarantee food security and grow the economy, House leaders would rather impede our economic recovery and shut down the government,” continued Parker.

November 1, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Mourns the Loss of former Congressman Major Owens

(Brooklyn, NY) “Please join me in extending heartfelt condolences to the Owens family on the loss of a devoted husband and father, former Congressman and longtime local leader Major Owens.

A fixture in the Brooklyn Community, Major Owens began his career as a librarian whose work as a crusader for working class families led him into fighting poverty as part of the Lindsay Administration in the 1960s, and eventually into a position as a New York State Senator.

October 24, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER OFFERS FREE FLU SHOTS TO SENIORS AND CHILDREN

Brooklyn, NY-  Yesterday, Senator Kevin Parker and event sponsors Citi Home Helath Care Services and WellCare, provided free influenza vaccinations for seniors and children in his district as part of a broad-reaching effort to keep his constituents and Brooklyn residents healthy. More than 50 free flu shots were administered by certified nurse practitioners from Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

October 24, 2013
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Senator Parker Recognizes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

(Brooklyn, NY) -Senator Parker (D-Brooklyn) today announced that October 2013 is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Last year 58% of female homicide victims in New York aged 16 and up were killed by an intimate partner, Senator Parker said. “That horrific violence must end, and we must work together starting with raising awareness of domestic violence in our communities and our willingness to reach out to friends, family, and neighbors to let them know that help is available and they don’t have to go it alone.”

October 7, 2013
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Senator Parker Recognizes October As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(Brooklyn, NY) - Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) today announced that October 2013 is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encouraged Central Brooklyn residents to take the time to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection.

October 7, 2013
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Senator Parker Expresses Concern for the Victims of the Federal Government's Shutdown

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans’ actions last night in shutting down the federal government will create significant hardship for New York’s working families. Starting today, the families of over 50,000 federal employees in New York City will not be able to pay their bills. As the temperature cools, families that receive support from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will be hurt. In addition, federal grants that fund elder abuse protection, senior services, veterans, and child care will not be disbursed, leaving our vulnerable populations without vital services. Additionally, children from low-income families who attend Head Start will lose access to this important childhood development program.

October 2, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Urges Governor & Mayor to Train NYPD to Address Mental Health Population

(Brooklyn, NY) –  At present, the New York Police Department (NYPD) is charged with dealing with approximately 100,000 annual 911 calls involving individuals with mental health concerns. These calls often result in traumatizing and sometimes tragic encounters between the police and individuals experiencing emotional distress.  On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Noon, the Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (CCIT NYC) called for creation of specially trained crisis intervention teams that can respond to the huge numbers of  emotionally disturbed person (EDP) calls the NYPD receive each year.

September 26, 2013
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Senator Parker Starts School Year for Brooklyn Kids with Free Supplies

1,200 plus children celebrated returning to school and the end of summer at Harvest Fest

September 13, 2013
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Senator Parker Celebrates FDA Rulemaking for Gluten Free Labeling

Senator Parker Celebrates FDA Rulemaking for Gluten Free Labeling

August 14, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Holds “Let’s Get Fit” Health and Wellness Day

(Brooklyn, NY)  In an effort to provide Brooklyn residents with the information and resources to get fit and stay healthy, Senator Kevin Parker held “Let’s Get Fit” Health And Wellness Day today at his district office at 1300 Flatbush Avenue.

August 14, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Celebrates Federal Judge Scheindlin Finding the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy to be Unconstitutional

(Brooklyn, NY) “Today, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin concluded that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s Stop-and-Frisk program has violated the Fourth and 14th Amendment constitutional rights of potentially millions of Blacks and Latinos in New York City.

August 14, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Holds ‘Going Green, Let’s Conserve’ Day!

(Brooklyn, NY)  Today, Senator Kevin Parker held ‘Going Green, Let’s Conserve’ Day on Friday at his district office. Event partners such as Con Edison, National Grid and NYSERDA provided free energy efficient lightbulbs and tips on saving energy and reducing electric bills.

“The goal of my summer event series is to provide our community with convenient free services that will help our neighborhood grow stronger in every way,” Senator Parker said. “’Going Green, Let’s Conserve’ Day is also about showing Central Brooklyn residents what we can do at home to protect the environment and lower our greenhouse gas footprint.”

The event included presentations and workshops including:

August 5, 2013
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Senator Parker Advocates for Establishment of a Brooklyn Health Commission to Fix Brooklyn’s Health Care Crisis

Brooklyn, NY- On July 25th, State Senator Kevin Parker called upon Governor Cuomo to take executive action to address Brooklyn’s ongoing health crisis. The Senator’s letter requested the Governor to empanel a Brooklyn Health Commission based on the one provided for in Senator Parker’s bill, S.5916, which would conduct a comprehensive epidemiological study of Brooklyn, and analyze the borough’s health care assets in order to construct a solution that would not only fix Brooklyn’s current crisis, but would bring Brooklyn’s health care system into the 21st Century.

August 1, 2013
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State Senator Parker Calls on Senator Schumer to Withdraw Support for Ray Kelly as Homeland Security Secretary

Brooklyn, NY- On July 12th, New York Senator Chuck Schumer recommended New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to replace outgoing Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. I would oppose Commissioner Kelly's nomination, and I am asking Senator Schumer to withdraw his recommendation because during his tenure as police commissioner, Ray Kelly has implemented the largest systematic program of racial and religious profiling in the nation.

July 19, 2013
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STATE SENATOR PARKER CALLS ON SENATOR SCHUMER TO WITHDRAW SUPPORT FOR RAY KELLY AS HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY

 

Brooklyn, NY-  On July 12th, New York Senator Chuck Schumer recommended New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to replace outgoing Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.  I would oppose Commissioner Kelly's nomination, and I am asking Senator Schumer to withdraw his recommendation because during his tenure as police commissioner, Ray Kelly has implemented the largest systematic program of racial and religious profiling in the nation.  

July 18, 2013
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