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Senator Parker Honored With Leadership Award At Shema Kolainu Legislative Breakfast

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.

July 31, 2007
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Brooklyn Residents Embrace Opportunity To Become U.s. Citizens

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.

July 23, 2007
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July 8, 2007
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Senator Parker Supports Bills To Aid In The Fight Against Global Terrorism

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.

July 2, 2007
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Senator Parker Urges Senate To Pass Bill Empowering New Yorkers On Public Assistance

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.

June 19, 2007
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Senator Kevin Parker : Changes In Epic Means Seniors Save By Enrolling In Medicare Drug Program

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. 

June 13, 2007
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Senate Democrats Propose Overhaul Of 421-a Affordable Housing Program

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.

May 29, 2007
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Senator Parker Lends Support For Plan To Solve Foreclosure Meltdown

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

May 9, 2007
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Prom Dreams Come Alive In Brooklyn

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.

May 8, 2007
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Senate Minority Proposes Overhaul Of 421-a Affordable Housing Program

June 30, 2007.

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.

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May 2, 2007
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Senator Parker Says 2007-08 State Budget Will Improve The Lives Of All New Yorkers

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.

April 23, 2007
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It All Adds Up To White Supremacy

An oped ...By State Senator Kevin Parker21st Senate District

Don Imus’ reference to the young basketball players went beyond insensitivity. The action taken was an appropriate one that send a clear message that this type of insensitivity will not be condoned. To do otherwise would have been tantamount to hiding in the shadows as one of the three little piggies who is too scared to leave the house knowing that it is dinner time and pork chops are being served.

April 22, 2007
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Senator Parker Says Historic Healthcare Budget Delivers Savings While Protecting Patients, Communities, Hospitals And Nursing Homes

Expand Child Health Plus eligibility, so all of New York’s 400,000 uninsured children get insurance coverage;

Streamline enrollment for 900,000 Medicaid-eligible uninsured adults and children to ease the enrollment and re-certification process, thus reducing gaps in coverage that had people cycling off and on insurance coverage;

Add $28 million to support in-home and community-based services and restructuring and improving the long-term care system;

April 15, 2007
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Senator Parker Praises Tax Cuts In 2007-08 Budget, Including A Massive Property Tax Rebate For Middle Class Families

Brooklyn, NY -- Saying “New York State is making a down payment on its future,” State Senator Kevin Parker (D- Brooklyn) praised a series of individual and business tax cuts enacted by the Legislature, including a $1.3 billion property tax rebate, that will make the State a more affordable place to live and do business.“For far too long, New York’s residents and businesses have been saddled with the highest combined taxes in the country.

April 3, 2007
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Senator Parker Urges HMOs To Help Close The Healthcare Gap In New York's Underserved Communities

Brooklyn lawmaker noted that Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) profits nearly doubled between 2001 and 2005, from $672 million to $1.3 billion, while HMO payment reimbursements decreased. At the same time, HMO premiums increased dramatically, outpacing increases in medical payments by more than $1 billion.“By using just a fraction of HMO’s record profits, we can invest in affordable health care options for working families and others currently falling through the health care safety net,” said Senator Parker.

March 26, 2007
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Civil Confinement Raises Too Many Red Flags

An op-edBy State Senator Kevin Parker21st Senate District

For anyone concerned about civil liberties or the right to due process, this should immediately raise a red flag.On the face of things, a vote in favor of civil confinement might seem like a cinch.

March 14, 2007
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Senator Parker Touts Earned Income Tax Credit

With tax time a little more than two-and-a-half months away, State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) is encouraging working New Yorkers to look into using the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as a way to keep more money in their own pockets.EITC is a special federal tax benefit that was created to assist low- and moderate-income workers.

March 14, 2007
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Reestablish The Black-jewish Alliance: Fight For Education

Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma back in 1965. The Jewish community, many of whom were there with us as we took those steps, has similarly become more accepted in our larger nation.This year we are celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of the Selma March and all its gains.

March 13, 2007
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Senator Parker Introduces Resolution To Honor Subway Hero

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

February 16, 2007
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