State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) recently introduced a Senate resolution honoring a <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Harlem resident for his quick-thinking actions that saved a seizure-stricken student on a New York City subway track.Senate Resolution 35, honoring Wesley Autrey, was co-sponsored and passed unanimously by all of Senator Parker’s colleagues in a bipartisan display of appreciation for the 50-year-old construction worker and military vet
State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) says February’s Black History onth is a perfect time to recognize the standout individuals whose accomplishments who have contributed to the growing tapestry of African-Americans throughout our country’s history.“Black history is living history, one that looks forward with as much reverence as it does in looking back.” Senator Parker said.
Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) today said two property tax measures introduced by Senate Minority would have targeted tax relief to those who need it most -- primarily senior citizens and middle-class working families who have been hit hardest by skyrocketing property taxes. The measures had been offered as amendments to a proposal offered by the Senate Majority (S.1-A).
Brooklyn, NY – Saying he is "honored to be given an important leadership position in the Senate Democratic Conference," State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) graciously accepted his appointment as Minority Whip for 2007-2008 by Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens). "In my first two terms in the Senate, I have represented the people of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington and Boro Park to the best of my ability.
“This year, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will hit highways to celebrate the holidays with family and friends in and out of state,” said Senator Parker. “Whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa or New Year’s, the holiday spirit shines brightest when family and friends gather together.
“Without proper preparation, a trip can turn treacherous, even tragic,” Senator Parker added.
To commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) today called on New Yorkers, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, to join together at precisely 9:11 a.m. to pray for the many people in our communities who are infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. "World AIDS Day is a unique moment each year when all of humanity celebrates the progress we have made in the battle against AIDS, and brings attention to the enormous challenges still to come," Senator Parker said.
Brooklyn, NY – With only a few days remaining in the legislative session, State Senator Parker called on the Senate to pass Bill S7388, which is identical to recent legislation passed by the Assembly Transportation Committee granting drivers’ licenses to eligible immigrant residents. The bill will allow applicants for drivers’ licenses who are state residents to present documentation in lieu of Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
Brooklyn, NY – The five-year statute of limitations on rape in the State of New York is one of the shortest in the nation. During a press conference held on Tuesday, June 20th, State Senator Kevin Parker offered his full support as momentum continues to build to repeal this statute. "Just as there are no arbitrary time limits on seeking justice in murder cases, a crime as heinous as rape deserves full investigation and prosecution, regardless of how many years have passed," said Senator Parker.
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Kevin Parker (Brooklyn-D) criticized a number of appointments made by Governor George Pataki in an attempt to extend his influence into the term of his successor. "Governor Pataki has chosen to use the appointment process to further his authority in important agencies far beyond his own tenure in office," said Senator Parker. Pataki has made 27 appointments in recent weeks with terms that will expire well after he leaves office at the end of the year.
Albany, NY – State Senator Kevin Parker stood with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), New York’s leading statewide, grassroots gun violence prevention organization, at their 10th Annual Sensible Gun Legislation Day and called on theMajority leadership of the state Senate to join the effort to get illegal guns off the streets. The event highlighted two pieces of legislation aimed at curbing gun violence that have been passed in the Assembly but remain stalled in the Senate.
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.