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State Senator Kevin Parker Votes for Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

RIPS REPUBLICANS FOR VOTING AGAINST PUBLIC SAFETY (Albany, NY) On Thursday, April 2, 2009, Senate Democrats passed the Public Protection/General Government budget bill, which included historic reforms to the so-called "Rockefeller Drug Laws." The Rockefeller Drug Laws imposed mandatory prison sentences on drug users, without allowing judicial discretion for extenuating circumstances, and lumped together casual or even first-time drug users with hard-core drug dealers and kingpins.

April 3, 2009
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Senator Parker Calls on Governor Paterson to Reaffirm Commitment to Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Chair of Senate Energy Committee Writes Letter Opposing Weakening of RGGI (Albany, NY) State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn), Chairman of the Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee, today released a letter he authored to Governor David Paterson urging him to avoid any weakening of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program.

April 2, 2009
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Energy Committee Vote Advances Senator Parker's Statewide Energy Policy Law

State Energy Plan moved to Senate Finance Committee

Brooklyn, NY- Senator Kevin Parker, Chair of the Senate Energy & Telecommunications committee announced the vote on the new State Energy Plan that re-establishes a state-wide energy board. The board will be charged to develop and regularly update a comprehensive plan for identifying and meeting the State’s future energy needs. Currently, the bill was voted out of the Energy Committee and has moved to Finance.

April 1, 2009
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Senator Parker Announces Statewide Econmic Alert! As Senate Works to Pass Fair Budget Fiscal Conditions Worsen

State Revenue Drops Another $3.2 Billion, Nearly 40,000 More Claim Unemployment Each Week

Brooklyn, NY- Senator Parker announced that projected State revenues have declined by an additional $3.2 billion since February 2009 and new unemployment claims have reached 39,000 per week in March 2009, an increase of more than 20,000 compared to one year ago.

March 31, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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A Call for Progressive Taxation

New York’s budget crisis is not just the result of lower revenues from Wall Street, but the natural result of New York’s inequitable and regressive system of taxation. The consequence of decades of unfair tax hikes has led us propose a fair share tax policy that recognizes financial responsibility and reduce the impact of painful cuts to essential services that New Yorkers rely on every day, from healthcare to education.

March 31, 2009
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Give A Gift Of Life On Father’s Day

Senator Parker urges women to get dad checked for prostate cancer

In recognition of Men’s Health Week, which culminates on Father’s Day, State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) today called upon New York women to help increase men’s awareness of prostate cancer. He noted that men may not listen when it comes to directions, but according to a 2006 national study, they are likely to listen to women when it comes to their own health.

March 27, 2009
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President Bush’s “plan” To Reform Immigration — We Can Do Better

President Bush’s “Plan” to Reform Immigration — We Can Do Better

March 27, 2009
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To Help Minority- And Women-owned Businesses Is To Help New York State’s Economy

 

In 1988, New York State created the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Program, which ensures minority participation in State purchasing and contracting, and provides community-based management training targeted to minorities and women starting new businesses.

March 27, 2009
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Senator Parker Opposes Governor’s New Position On Drivers’ Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Kevin Parker this week called Governor Spitzer’s decision to abandon his initial position in granting drivers’ licenses to undocumented aliens, "a huge disappointment. What the governor has done is to turn his back on immigrants," Senator Parker charged. "Instead of fostering a climate in which people are brought out of the shadows and into the system, the Governor is looking to hand out a scarlet letter license to immigrants which, in three years, will increase profiling."

March 27, 2009
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Statement From Senator Kevin Parker On Mayor Bloomberg’s Plan To Extend Term Limits

"Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to extend term limits is simply a bad idea at a bad time. It is also just plain, in-your-face bad democracy to overturn the will of the people. The voters of New York City exercised their franchise and sent a clear message that they were in favor of term limits. To brazenly push them aside and attempt to silence their voices is not what we should  do as elected officials. Furthermore, the Mayor’s argument that he is the right person to take the City through the current economic crisis is flawed to its core.

March 27, 2009
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State Senator Kevin Parker Opens The First Youth Farmers’ Market In East Flatbush

Brooklyn, NY – East Flatbush residents have eagerly embraced the opening of the first Farmers’ Market in their area. The Market called, THE STAND @ Newkirk/Nostrand, is an initiative of the Senate representative for the area, State Senator Kevin Parker. The launch of this Farmers’ Market is in keeping with Senator Parker’s commitment to economic development and small business enterprise in his district.

March 27, 2009
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Statement From Senator Kevin Parker On Hillary Clinton’s Confirmation As Secretary Of State

"I congratulate our Senator, Hillary Clinton, upon her confirmation as Secretary of State. America is ready for change – at home and abroad – and I strongly believe Hillary Clinton will change the face of American diplomacy, and that she has the relationships, judgment, and tenacity to improve our standing around the world.

March 27, 2009
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First African- American Woman Appointed To Gov. Paterson’s Commission On Hiv/aids

Nomination made by Senator Parker who champions HIV/AIDS causes in the Senate

 

March 27, 2009
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Senator Parker Praises Major End-of-session Victories; Says “there Is More To Do”

Brooklyn—State Senator Kevin S. Parker (D-Brooklyn) today said "a lot of great work was accomplished in the final days of this legislative session, but there is more to do." The Central Brooklyn lawmaker and Minority Whip pointed out that brownfields clean-up legislation, a bill to crack down on predatory lenders and help families facing foreclosure stay in their home, and "green" job growth initiatives all passed in the final days.

March 26, 2009
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