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Statement from State Senator Kevin Parker on the 'Swine Flu' virus

"I know many of us are worried about the impact of the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus on our families and our community, especially our school community. Obviously, our first concern is that we keep our children and our families as safe as possible. It is important to remember that the most effective way to fight any disease is through prevention. My colleagues and I continue to monitor the situation around the state very closely. In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are encouraging Americans to take a few simple steps to protect their health which include:"

April 30, 2009
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Senator Kevin Parker unveils Historic Rules Reform Report

Temporary Committee on Rules & Reform takes first significant steps toward reversing 40 years of dysfunction

April 21, 2009
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Parker Congratulates Borough President-elect Ruben Diaz, Jr.

"I congratulate my colleague and friend upon his election as Bronx Borough President."

"Ruben is a bright and thoughtful leader, a persistent advocate for smart solutions in these difficult times. As Borough President he will serve those who need government the most, ensure access to critically needed services, and will continue the effort to improve the quality of life in all of the communities in the Bronx."

"We will miss Ruben in Albany, but I wish him the best in his continuing career of service to his constituents and his community."

April 21, 2009
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Statement by State Senator Kevin Parker on the MTA's latest Financial Crisis

"After years of mismanagement and months of threatened fare hikes, the MTA now admits its most recent proposed "doomsday" fare increase is insufficient to balance its books. The MTA is demanding greater financial support from New York taxpayers even though MTA internal revenue forecasts from just three weeks ago are already coming up short.

"I have consistently opposed the MTA’s "doomsday" fare increase and the proposed imposition of bridge tolls because those measures do nothing to address the core problems of fiscal mismanagement and inefficient operations at the MTA. Instead, the MTA seeks to balance its books on the backs of commuters and local taxpayers.

April 13, 2009
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Senator Parker 's MTA letter

April 2, 2009

Dear Friend: As your State Senator, I have been dealing with many issues in Albany, ranging from the state budget, to reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws, to fighting to ensure programs and services in our district do not get cut.

One of the more contentious issues has been the MTA Capital Plan. The MTA is once again threatening fare hikes and service cuts. They have mismanaged their finances. They are claiming they have yet another deficit, and want to pass those costs on to you.

April 7, 2009
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Senator Parker 2nd Annual Job Fair Highlights Green Collar Job Opportunities

Over 40 private companies, public sector agencies and non-profits meet with job-seekers with a focus on preparing for green industry training

April 6, 2009
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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 Announces Agreement on Budget, Closing Largest Budget Gap in State History

Job Creation, improved government efficiencies and statewide balance are trademarks of budget agreement

April 2, 2009
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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 2, 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 1, 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.

March 31, 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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