Brooklyn, NY – In the face of mounting anti-immigrant sentiments nationwide and the absence of a comprehensive immigration reform plan by the federal government, more than 100 "green card" holders in Brooklyn grasped at the opportunity to become United States citizens. The occasion was a citizenship assistance campaign hosted by State Senator Kevin Parker in conjunction with the Citizenship and Immigration Project of CUNY.
Brooklyn, NY – A cross-section of eager residents attended a Brooklyn town hall meeting to hear firsthand information about the new Department of Motor Vehicles policy surrounding the issuance of New York State driver licenses. Presenting the information was DMV Commissioner David J Swarts who gave a full account of the administration’s existing policy, the new policy to be implemented and also the proposed security enhancements.
Brooklyn, NY – The back-to-school experience was made a lot smoother for hundreds of children and their parents who benefitting from the family jamboree and giveaway hosted by State Senator Kevin Parker. Similarly, has he had sone for the past three years, Senator Parker promoted the end of summer event as a fun family day. This year however, it was hosted in conjunction with Redemption Inc. and New Hope Christian Fellowship Center and so attracted a wider cross-section of people from the district and surrounding areas. With a collective effort of Senator Parker’s office, Redemption Inc.
Adding his voice to the chorus of voices that have spoken out about the injustices of the Jena 6, State Senator Kevin Parker reminded the community at large that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. This serves as a reminder that days of segregation and Jim Crow laws were just a few decades ago and these policies still have a lot to do with race relations in this country." W.E.B Du Bois told us that the ‘problem of the 20th Century is the color-line.’ And it continues to be in the 21st Century.
Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, a school and center for children with autism, recently hosted a legislative breakfast attended by hundreds of prominent community leaders, elected officials and members of the clergy who displayed their deep support for this community-based organization. New York Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith presented State Senator Kevin Parker with the Legislative Leadership Award, in light of his years of public service, ongoing commitment to children and families with special needs and support for autism research.
Brooklyn, NY – Close to 50 residents from across the borough of Brooklyn and beyond took advantage of the opportunity to apply for US citizenship during a recent campaign hosted by State Senator Kevin Parker. The Citizenship Drive campaign which assisted permanent residents with all of the procedures necessary to apply for citizenship was hosted in conjunction with NALEO Educational Fund. Senator Parker who -- in addition to his numerous assignments in the Senate also heads the Democratic Task Force on New Americans -- has been an aggressive advocate of the rights of immigrants.
Brooklyn, NY -- State Senator Kevin Parker has demonstrated his concern about global terrorism by co-sponsoring two similar bills that authorize the New York State Comptroller to refrain from investing the funds of the retirement system in corporate or financial entities that do business with or in nations that support and sponsor terrorism. The first bill was introduced by Senator Jeff Klein and is an amendment to the Retirement and Social Security Law.
Brooklyn, NY – Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) today urged the state Senate to take up important legislation he proposed (S2478) that would allow New Yorkers on public assistance to use college course work to satisfy employment requirements.
For further information about the EPIC program call the State’s toll-free help line, available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 1-800-332-3742 or call the office of State Senator Parker at 718-629-6401 for a free brochure.
Albany—State Senator Kevin Parker has joined with the New York State Senate Democratic Caucus and leading housing advocates in efforts to modernize the 421-a tax incentive program for new affordable housing. Senate Democrats are supporting a series of changes to the 421-a program that would end the use of these tax breaks as a ‘hundreds-of-millions dollar giveaway for luxury housing’, to instead be a program that truly creates affordable housing and makes wise use of tax-payer dollars.
Brooklyn, NY -- State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) has voiced support for a package of Senate Democratic proposals to protect borrowers from foreclosures.According to a report recently released by the SenateMinority Conference, more than 20 percent of the sub-prime mortgage loans originated in 2005 will end in foreclosure, causing more than 28,000 New York families to face the prospect of losing their homes.Dramatic statistics like these prompted the SenateMinority to announce the Predatory Lending Mitigation Program -- a plan to help families victimized by predatory le
Brooklyn, NY – Hundreds of enthusiastic graduating high school girls lined up from as early as 6:30 a.m. on Saturday for an opportunity to pick out their special prom dress. In this his first effort of its kind, State Senator Kevin Parker collaborated with two community organizations — Operation Fairy Dust and Redemption Inc. in an effort to give away 500 prom dresses.
OtherMembers of the Minority Confernecewho are advocating for this package include Minority Leader Malcolm Smith, Senators Liz Krueger, Marty Connor, Efrain Gonzalez, Bill Perkins, Eric Adams, John Sampson, Jose M. Serrano, John Sabini, Diane Savino, Eric Schneiderman, and Velmanette Montgomery.
Brooklyn, NY -- State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) said fundamental reforms, targeted tax relief for middle class families and businesses, and record investments in education, health care and affordable housing in this year’s budget will provide opportunities for all New Yorkers to make a better life themselves.“What we did this year was make sure our dollars were spent wisely and continue a reform agenda that will make our government more efficient and accountable to the people,” said Senator Parker.