Accomplishments

Senator Parker has backed his commitment with a healthy record of service. His tenure has been one of taking action, being proactive on issues and providing leadership in the district and in Albany. Here is a snap shot of his record:

In the District

  • Since 2004 has honored the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a free gospel concert distributing approximately 2000 tickets to community residents 
  • Every year sponsors a back-to-school community Harvest Fest with free school supplies give-away to over 1,000 families
  • Has sponsored an annual free prom dress giveaway since 2007
  • Sponsored six consecutive weeks of free mobile constituents service events at his District Office including citizenship application assistance, US Passport application assistance, a host of senior programs and various health services 
  • Produces several immigration forums, clinics and public hearings providing vital information and services to the community
  • Established his district office as a Temporary Protective Status site providing application assistance for USCIS filing and offering health and employment benefits assistance and recovery efforts following the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti
  • Hosted three forums providing homeowners individual legal counseling
  • Launched 'Operation Protect Your Home' in response to deepening subprime mortgage crisis. Helped 1,600 New York families stay in their homes
  • Has donated 300 turkeys to community organizations and constituents every Thanksgiving for the past seven years
  • Has sponsored an Annual winter coat give-away for the past seven years
  • Created the first youth-operated Farmer's Market for the people of East Flatbush
  • Encourages local small business growth with the creation of Building Blocks Local Development Corporation
  • Hosts business development forums throughout the district
  • Distributes thousands of dollars in college scholarships to help deserving students continue their education
  • Has created programs to help raise money and personally deliver thousands of toys to children every Christmas with a massive toy give-away
  •  Has hosted a district wide town hall meeting in which constituents had access to key people in the local community boards, police precincts and city agencies

In Albany

  • Appointed Majority Whip of the New York State Senate
  • Chair of the Commission on Science and Technology
  • Chair of the Commission on Solid Waste
  • Chair of the Democratic Task Force on New Americans
  • Senate Democrat Representative to the New York State Broadband Council
  • Introduced numerous pieces of legislation protecting immigrants' rights; protecting the rights of women; protecting seniors and the disabled; requiring municipal day cares to give 12 months notice before closing; protecting victims of domestic violence; protecting houses of worship from vandalism; extending insurance coverage for diagnosis, screening and treatment of autism spectrum disorder; and a wide variety of legislation protecting the environment, promoting small business and increasing the access of minority and women-owned business enterprises to state contracts
  • Sponsored 197 pieces of legislation and co-sponsored 535 more, including bills creating the State Energy Plan, the Green Jobs/Green New York and Green Jobs-On Bill Recovery programs, the PACE bonds clean energy program, a civil remedy against perpetrators of hate crimes, Racial Profiling Bills and legislation protecting the rights of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, nurses, teachers and municipal workers
  • Promoted major legislation including the repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, expanded Net Metering and began reforming the care of children in juvenile detention facilities
  • Passed a law that increases SCRIE and DRIE income eligibility for senior citizens to further help the cause of our city's aging
  • Opposed cuts to CUNY and fought for the restoration of free Metrocards for students in New York City
  • Opposed cuts to education and healthcare and fought to restore vital programs that make a difference in our community
  • Sponsored National Popular Vote bill which guarantees that the presidential candidate receiving most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) will win Presidency

Proven Leadership

  • Secured $282,000 in Federal funds to establish a Small Business Development Center at Brooklyn College 
  • Secured more than $2 million in funding for community organizations 
  • Secured more than $15 million in capital funding for CBO's in and around his district
  • Launched HIV/AIDS education campaign to heighten awareness about this disease that ravages our community.
  • Recipient of 2008 Zeta Phi Beta, Community Service Award
  • Claimant on a lawsuit that seeks to stop the dissolution of community school districts 
  • Introduced a resolution commemorating the 257th birthday of Francois Toussaint L'Ouverture leader of the Haitian Revolution
  • Introduced a resolution commending the Boys & Girls Clubs across the State of New York for the outstanding service they provide to children and their families 
  • Introduced a resolution that memorialized Governor David A. Paterson to declare June 19, 2010 as Juneteenth Day in the State of New York

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