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.
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.
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.
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."
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
New York State's school aid increases by $1.7 billion over last year’s mark, raising the total to $19.2 billion for 2007-08, including $5.5 billion in fair and sufficient funding for New York City schools.
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Kevin Parker last week voted against the State Budget because “it continues to shortchange New York City school children.” Senator Parker said the Legislature’s budget, while providing sufficient capital funding for New York City
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."