Brooklyn, NY – Saying that "this is good news for all drivers as well as the State’s economy," State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) applauded Governor Spitzer’s announcement to make drivers’ licenses available to more New Yorkers including undocumented immigrants. "This is a huge move for the community and Governor Spitzer should be congratulated for making it happen," said Senator Parker.
It has been approximately 25 years since we were first confronted with HIV/AIDS in the United States and New York State. This is a disease that has touched millions of lives including my own and many people in my Senate district. I watched my own brother who was an intravenous drug user, waste away from this awful, debilitating disease. It is a painful burden to bear. And so I understand what it is like for the millions of families around the world who live through a similar experience.
Brooklyn lawmaker said. “Despite Legislative additions made to the Governor’s proposal, Senate Democrats reduced the Medicaid annual growth rate from an unsustainable 8 percent to 1.7 percent. That’s all the more remarkable when you consider the rate has been at 8 percent since 2001.”Senator Parker noted that Medicaid spending in New York next year would have reached $48.7 billion, or nearly 35 percent of the state budget, had strong steps not been initiated.
“The MTA’s decision to raise transit fares and cut services for workers, seniors, and students in New York City proves just how out of touch they are from the problems of the people they are charged to serve. Every New Yorker has to tighten their belt, why not the MTA?
I oppose the MTA’s plan to impose tolls on NYC drivers, I oppose this latest massive and unwarranted fare increase, and I oppose the MTA’s desire to impose a large, new “mobility” payroll tax on downstate workers and businesses. There is a better way.
About Senator Kevin Parker Senator Kevin S. Parker is committed to restoring the overall quality of life for the constituents of the 21st Senatorial District in Brooklyn. A lifelong Brooklyn resident, Senator Parker has been a Flatbush resident for more than 30 years. Having been nurtured, schooled and employed in the district, Senator Parker is intimately familiar with the needs of this ethnically diverse community that consists of 311,000 constituents in several communities which include: Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington and Borough Park.
"I congratulate Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman upon his confirmation by the Senate to the Court of Appeals.
Justice Lippman is a distinguished and widely respected jurist, with a fine reputation as an administrator. I have every hope and confidence he will live up to the standards set by his predecessor, the Honorable Judith Kaye, and will provide wise and progressive perspective from the bench."
" I congratulate Kirsten Gillibrand on her appointment to serve as Senator from New York State," said Senator Kevin Parker. "Rep. Gillbrand holds a great reputation and is a dedicated public servant. Governor Paterson's pick of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand is a step forward for leading our state into the right direction as she brings with her a strong record of hard work and dedication."
“ Today marks an historic moment for our country. I congratulate President Barack Obama on this historic election and inauguration. This is a celebration of our thriving democracy and a celebration of our nation's first African-American president.
Annual holiday toy give-away offered hundreds of toys for children in need
Brooklyn, NY – As part of an annual tradition, Senator Parker hosted his fifth toy give-away party to donate over 450 toys for children in need. This year with the help of Health Plus, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Forest City Ratner and Toys ‘R’ Us, the holiday season kicked off on a cheerful note.