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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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Senator Parker Says African-american History Worth Celebrating

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.

February 16, 2007
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Senator Parker Offers Property Tax Relief For Seniors And Working Families

          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).

January 29, 2007
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Senator Parker Appointed As New Whip For Senate Democratic Conference

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.

January 11, 2007
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Senator Parker Says Get Ready For Holiday Driving

“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.

December 6, 2006
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Senator Parker Urges Pause For Prayer On World Aids Day

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.

November 29, 2006
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