Brooklyn, NY- On July 12th, New York Senator Chuck Schumer recommended New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to replace outgoing Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. I would oppose Commissioner Kelly's nomination, and I am asking Senator Schumer to withdraw his recommendation because during his tenure as police commissioner, Ray Kelly has implemented the largest systematic program of racial and religious profiling in the nation.
Senator Kevin Parker Celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday
(Brooklyn, NY) “Join me in wishing a happy 95th birthday to Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and global inspiration.
Through his example, Nelson Mandela taught us that when we live our principles, adversity only makes us stronger. Despite a twenty-seven year unjust imprisonment for fighting against the racist Apartheid system in South Africa, when he was released Nelson Mandela did not seek vengeance, instead he pioneered the idea that achieving truth and reconciliation was more important than revenge.
(Brooklyn, NY) “Each year on the Fourth of July, we come together as New Yorkers and as Americans, to celebrate America's independence and the birth of our nation's freedom.
While we all spend time with families, friends and loved ones today, we must remember and salute the men and women of our armed forces, and many civilians as well, who are celebrating the anniversary of American Independence in other countries throughout the world.
(Brooklyn, NY) “The decision made by the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck a blow against forty-eight years of progress away from the naked discrimination and voter suppression of the 1950s and ‘60s, when we struggled to end segregation and move toward equality.
(Albany, NY) “Today the Supreme Court upheld equal rights for All Americans by ruling the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The Defense of Marriage Act (commonly referred to as DOMA) allowed states to refuse to recognize a same-sex marriage performed in another state, and restricted federal marriage benefits for same-sex couples.
(Brooklyn, NY) “Only seven weeks ago, my Legislative colleagues were stunned by the Governor’s $120 million budget cut from services to the developmentally disabled. Thankfully by the end of negotiations we were able to restore $30 million of the of $120 million cut.
The Governor’s cuts reduced funding for our most vulnerable community members, and to the agencies that serve them. Our restoration of $30 million moderated the negative effects of that cut, but in the end people with developmental disabilities and their families lost essential services that they and their families rely on every day.
Senator Kevin Parker on the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s Signing of the Equal Pay Act into Law
(Brooklyn, NY) “I want to say today as clearly as possible, it is appalling that 50 years after President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, we are still discussing women not receiving equal pay for equal work in New York.
I am committed to working to make sure that New York does not continue failing to protect women’s rights and their equality.
(Albany, NY) Today Senator Kevin Parker (D-21) passed another bill in honor of our fallen heroes. Senate Bill 1615A makes it possible for not-for-profit veterans organizations to claim unclaimed veterans’ cremated remains so that they might be interred respectfully and honorably. In 2010, Senator Parker’s original veterans “cremains” legislation was signed into law, which allowed for funeral directors, undertakers and funeral firms to honorably inter unclaimed cremated remains of veterans. This bill creates parity for funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoriums so that they too might be able to bring veterans’ cremated remains to their final resting place respectfully and honorably
(Albany, NY) Senator Kevin Parker (D- Brooklyn) announced his veterans legislative package consisting of four bills addressing post-service homelessness, sexual trauma, substance and alcohol abuse, mental stigma, unclaimed remains, and job credits.
(Albany, NY) In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, Senator Kevin Parker (D-21) proposed his Celiac Awareness Package consisting of four bills that address significant challenges faced by individuals affected by celiac disease or gluten intolerance.