Kevin Parker (New York politician)
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|Member of the New York Senate from the 21st District|
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2003
|Preceded by||Carl Kruger|
|Born||March 6, 1967|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Penn State University (B.S.)|
New School for Social Research (M.S.)
Kevin Parker (born March 6, 1967) is an American politician. He represents District 21 in the New York State Senate, which comprises East Flatbush, Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Park Slope, and Windsor Terrace.
Prior to his 2002 election to the State Senate--when he defeated former City Councilman Noach Dear in a tightly-contested Democratic primary--Parker served in numerous capacities, including Special Assistant to former Comptroller H. Carl McCall, New York City Urban Fellow, Special Assistant to former Manhattan Borough President and mayoral candidate Ruth Messinger, legislative aide to former City Councilwoman Una Clarke, and Special Assistant to Assemblyman N. Nick Perry. He has also served as Project Manager with the New York State Urban Development Corporation, and as a consultant to Paine Webber. In addition to his work in the State Senate, Parker is also a professor of African-American Studies and Political Science at several colleges within the City University of New York system, primarily Brooklyn College, where he is also a faculty advisor to student organizations.
In the September 9, 2008 Democratic primary, Parker held off a strong challenge from New York City Councilmembers Simcha Felder and Kendall Stewart, and held onto his seat with a little less than half the vote.
Parker is the Ranking Minority Member on the Energy and Telecommunications Committee, as well as a member of standing committees on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Banks, Finance, Higher Education, Insurance, Labor, Rules, and Technology and Innovation. He is also a member of the New Americans Task Force. Parker serves as Democratic Conference Whip.
Controversies, altercations, and legal troubles
In January 2005, Parker was arrested after punching a traffic agent in the face during a dispute over a traffic citation that he had been issued. He was subsequently charged with third degree assault, a misdemeanor. The charges were dropped after he agreed to take anger management classes.
In 2008, an aide filed charges against Parker, claiming he pushed her during an argument and smashed her glasses.
On May 8, 2009, Parker was charged with felony criminal mischief for attacking a New York Post photographer and damaging the photographer's camera and car door. According to prosecutors, the photographer's finger was broken in the alleged attack. Parker was charged with a felony due to the value of damage to the camera and car door. As a result, he was stripped of his leadership position as majority whip and chair of the Energy Committee. Parker was convicted of a misdemeanor charge, criminal mischief, and on March 21, 2011 was sentenced to three years probation and a $1,000 fine. Had he been convicted of the felonies, he would have automatically lost his seat in the Senate, and the Senate had already expelled Hiram Monserrate for misdemeanor charges earlier in the year. The Senate Democrats expressed an unwillingness to expel Parker as they had Monserrate.
In April 2010, Parker launched into an outburst while colleague John DeFrancisco of Syracuse was questioning a black nominee for the New York State Power Authority. "Amid the nearly two-minute tirade, committee chairman Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn) told Parker he would be removed from the hearing room if he didn't settle down."
Parker accused his colleagues of racism, and followed up in a radio interview by accusing his Republican "enemies" of being white supremacists. Following the tirade, Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) was quoted as saying that Parker "need[ed] help."
In December 2018, Parker allegedly blocked a bike lane with a car using his official parking placard, but a different license plate. When questioned about the incident on Twitter, he replied, "Kill yourself!" Elected Senate President Andrea Stewart-Cousins expressed her "disappointment" at Parker's action.
- Confessore, Nicholas; Hicks, Jonathan P. (September 10, 2008). "Silver Sidesteps a Challenge, but Other Incumbents Fall in Primary". The New York Times.
- "NY Senator: 'You Racist People In Here'". wcbstv.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
- Carl Campanile; Max Jaeger (18 December 2018). "State Sen. Kevin Parker tells GOP rep to 'kill yourself' on Twitter". New York Post. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
Parker — who was forced to undergo anger-management treatment after bashing a traffic cop in 2005
- "Convicted NY State Senator Loses 1 Leader Post". CBSLocal.com. January 11, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
- Gendar, Alison; Lovett, Ken; Standora, Leo (May 8, 2009). "State Senator Kevin Parker busted over tussle with photographer". New York: Nydailynews.com. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
- Baker, Al (May 10, 2009). "After Arrest, a State Senator Loses His Leadership Posts". The New York Times.
- Gorta, William J. (March 21, 2011). "State Sen. Parker sentenced to probation for attacking Post photographer". New York Post.
- "Sampson sees no Monserrate-Parker parallels". TimesUnion.com. December 7, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
- Lovett, Kenneth (February 11, 2010). "Another Senate brawl in Albany: Sen. Kevin Parker charges towards then curses out female colleague". Daily News. New York.
- Katz, Celeste; Lovett, Kenneth (April 28, 2010). "Elliptical vs. treadmill: Which will give you the better workout?". Daily News. New York.
- Mills Rodrigo, Chris (January 18, 2018). "NY state senator tweets 'kill yourself' at user who called him out over parking placard". The Hill. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
- BENJAMIN FEARNOW (18 December 2018). "'KILL YOURSELF!': NEW YORK STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER APOLOGIZED FOR TWEET OVER PARKING SPOT". Newsweek. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
Parker responded with an irrational demand that she kill herself before he offered a weak Twitter apology using his verified account. But less than an hour after the apology, Parker continued his criticism of Giove.
- "Dem. State Senator Slammed For 'Kill Yourself!' Tweet To GOP Aide". WLNY-TV CBS. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
The Senate’s incoming leader, Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins, said she was “disappointed” by Parker’s Tweet.
- New York State Senate: Kevin S. Parker
- New York State Senator Kevin Parker Official website.
- Parker Slams Sharpe
|New York State Senate|
| New York Senate, 21st District
| Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
January 2009 – May 2009