I would like to thank my friends in Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington and Borough Park for their overwhelming support in the 2010 Democratic Primary. You have sent me back to Albany with a renewed sense of purpose while I will continue to pass laws which provide a multi pronged solutions to the problems facing our community. I am setting up commissions which will continue to attack our societal problems at root.
Last session I was particularly proud of passing the grandparents access act, which allows the grandparents of certain children to join PTA's and on-bill financing which allows homeowners to spread out the cost of weatherization by setting up an arrangement with their utility company to pay for the upgrades on a monthly basis. Therefore reaping the savings associated with energy efficiency as well as reducing the household carbon foot print and creating jobs in the green economy.
As Majority Whip I was responsible for securing the votes which led to the Democratic Majority securing student MetroCards for the 2010/2011 school year. We lifted the limits placed of women and minority owned businesses pursuing State contracts and passed far reaching anti bullying legislation. I am deeply grateful for your continued support and look forward to working in partnership with you to created the legislative framework that will continually improve the lives of the people living in the 21st District.
Senator Kevin Parker moves to save New York City Drinking Water
August 11th, 2010---New, York, New York
Senator Parker joined advocates and public officials to urge his colleagues in government to block gas exploration in upstate New York.
"I ask the Assembly not to be penny wise and pound foolish to take up this course of action and allowing Hydraulic fracturing in New York State without proper study and preparation for the potential effects on the communities where Hydraulic fracturing takes place. We need a better understanding to make sure our drinking water is protected, "said the four term Brooklyn term lawmaker.
Hydraulic fracturing is the process energy companies would use to release gas reserves in upstate New York. In order to do this they would have to drill through the rock formation at Marcellus Shale, a process which would release toxic chemicals into millions of gallons of the New York City water supply.
Sen Parker concluded by saying "We cannot progress blindly into this new frontier, rather we must move forward with eyes wide open to both the benefits and consequences this technology can provide to the people of New York. Not only is this course of action necessary, it is common sense."
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