Kevin Parker

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    The Teacher's Candidate: The UFT Endorses Bill Thompson for Mayor

    Made up of over 70,000 members, the United Federation of Teachers has demanded a voice in this upcoming mayoral election. President Michael Mulgrew told the Observer two weeks ago that he expected his union to sway the election; the reason why each Democratic candidate has gone above and beyond to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/18/13

    Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

  • Voice Choices

    January 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Tame Impala - Music Hall of Williamsburg - 11/7/2012

    Better Than: Watching Fox News coverage of the election over and over on your Tivo, in a kind of schadenfreude blitz. Easy enough to reflect on the beauty of a snowy New York night once safely inside the Music Hall of Williamsburg, where the Australian band Tame Impala played a scorching set last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    The Raveonettes - Webster Hall - 10/5/2012

    Better than: One of your livelier dinner parties. "I hope we gave you guys a good start to the night. Thank you for coming. Now go out and have some fun," said Sharin Foo, the female half of the dark, Danish pop-rock duo The Raveonettes, after closing out a sleepy set at Webster Hall on Friday n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Brooklyn Pols Ask Andrew Cuomo For SUNY Downstate Loan

    As SUNY Downstate Medical Center reels from recent management changes and layoffs, area pols are demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo help the hospital. Today, a group of Brooklyn electeds sent a letter to Cuomo asking for immediate assistance so that critical services and medical training could conti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    State Government Sets the Stage for Police Oversight Showdown

    ​Despite the fact that NYPD is one of the largest police forces in the country, neither the city nor state governments currently exercise any significant oversight over the police department. Now, a new bill introduced in the state legislature aims to change that, by creating an inspector ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker Gets Probation For Photographer Fight

    ​The notoriously hot-headed Brooklyn state senator Kevin Parker, who punched a cop in 2005, can finally chill out and move on today, as he's been sentenced to three years probation for a May 2009 fight with a New York Post photographer. Parker pleaded not guilty to the charges back in the spri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Live: Tame Impala Inspire Hundreds Of One-Man Dance Parties At Bowery Ballroom

    Go ahead and zone out. Pic by Puja.​Tame Impala Bowery Ballroom Thursday, November 18 Better Than: Buying weed. "There's a party in my head, and no one's invited," sings Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, early into last night's sold-out show. It's a line that resonates for these psychedelic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    They All Look Alike: Daily News, Minority Politicians Division

    ​ "Throw the Bums Out!" is the lead battle cry of the front page of the Daily News' Web site this morning, and it has pix of those rascals we should all be voting against today -- a quartet of black and Hispanic politicians: state senators Pedro Espada, Kevin Parker, Assemblyman Adriano Espail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    It's Justice Delayed in Trial of State Sen. Kevin Parker in Post Fotog-Bash Case

    ​The trial of Brooklyn state Senator Kevin Parker for assaulting a New York Post photographer last year was supposed to get underway Monday morning, in plenty of time for a verdict before the Sept. 14th Democratic primary. There, Parker is facing a challenge from health care businessman Wellin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Sen. Kevin Parker, "The Flatbush Firecracker," Faces Assault Trial Aug. 16

    ​Brooklyn's battling state senator, Kevin Parker, faces dual headaches this month. One is a primary challenge by perennial candidate Wellington Sharpe who is making his second bid to take Parker's job away. Headache Number Two considerably complicates Headache Number One: On August 16, Parker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Hiram Monserrate Returns to Bring Us All Hope

    ​"They haven't seen the last of Hiram Monserrate" says the defenestrated senator like an old movie villain. Monserrate, who was kicked out last night for his misdemeanor assault on his girlfriend, plans to legally challenge the senate vote that drove him out -- just as soon as the snow clears ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Hiram Monserrate Expelled, 53-8

    ​The State Senate just voted 53-8 to expel Hiram Monserrate immediately. Eric Adams, Ruben Diaz Sr., Martin Malave Dilan, Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada Jr., Kevin Parker, John Sampson, and Monserrate himself were the only no votes; Thomas Morahan was excused. Monserrate gave the final vote and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​Kennedy Airport. Twitpic via sawyerlex. War on Christmas season swung into full effect. In a holiday spirit, the Staten Island D.A. tried shame on shoplifters. A GOP Congressman moved to read a pro-Christmas resolution into the House record. Andrea Peyser denounced the godless Bloomingdales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Ruben Diaz Asks: If Hiram Monserrate Rates an Investigation, Why Not Kevin Parker?

    ​You may recall that in Hiram Monserrate's darkest days -- back before the judge in his assault case let him off with probation -- fellow state senator and member of the "Gang of Three" (which muscled the senate for favors last year) Ruben Diaz Sr. complained that there was a racist component ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    State Legislators Double-Dip Salaries, Pensions; Lone Holdout Honored

    ​If voters are unhappy with the state legislature now, wait'll they hear that four members are collecting both salaries and pensions for their service to the state. The New York Times finds that assembly members Harvey Weisenberg, Rhoda Jacobs, John J. McEneny and William L. Parment, all Democ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Coup in Review: Habemus Quorum! -- Briefly; All Senators Arrive, Fight, Then Recess Till Noon

    The Post reported this morning that the Democrats had locked themselves into the state senate chambers, but it appears the Republicans eventually joined them for the full session court-ordered yesterday. Only Kevin Parker was absent. But after some haggling over who got to run the session, they adjo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Twitpic by moises. The spectre of death stalked the nation. We were all shocked by the death of a great American musician: Sky Saxon. Also, Michael Jackson. We looked at his fans, press reactions, his good works and his weird headlines. And let's not forget Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon. Presid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Coup in Review: Dems, GOP Do Quickie, Dems Honor Dead Celebs, Parker Apologizes

    Michael Jackson madness met Albany madness today as the Republicans-plus-Espada and the Democrats enacted their now customary ritual of holding separate sessions: the Democrats had a moment of silence for Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, while the GOP-plus-E, perhaps worried about political fallout, just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Coup in Review: Another Bogus Special Session; Parker Calls Paterson Fan of Coke, "Banging"

    We get sick of telling you and you get sick of hearing it, but the state senate didn't accomplish anything today. Each party came in, stunk the place up, and left. The Democrats win because they took an extra minute to pander, reading a proclamation on the anniversary of the death of Chabad-Lubovitc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    State Senator Kevin Parker Up on Felony Charges for Camera Smash

    A few weeks back Brooklyn state senator Kevin Parker pleaded not guilty to charges related to his unfriendly encounter with a New York Post photographer, but the Brooklyn D.A.'s office has just upped the ante by bringing second- and third-degree assault charges against him -- felonies that could get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    We know how you feel, kid. Via Craftser via urlesque. We suspect Obama got that Iranian-American reporter released, and he's certainly trying to help refugees and rescue us from financial criminals. But does he get credit? No -- because he he laughed at Wanda Sykes, just like all the newly-reclas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    State Senator Pleads Not Guilty in Camera Smash

    As you may have heard, Brooklyn-based state senator Kevin Parker is in trouble for grabbing a New York Post photographer's camera and ripping a panel out of the photog's car door. (Parker is thought to have been made uptight by the Post's investigation of his long-unpaid mortgage in Flatbush; Parker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    "Spitzer" Joins "Paterson" on SNL

    Are we awful for enjoying the Saturday Night Live Paterson gags? They're certainly dopey, focusing as they do on Paterson's blindness, drug and sex history, and epochal unpopularity. And New Jersey! But we like dopey sketches, and are pleased that Fred Armisen has found a political character that ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 11, 2009

    Bloomberg's Double Deal

    As term-limits fight raged, a hush-hush $1.2 million campaign

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    State Senate Committee Approves Referenda for Term Limits

    The state senate elections committee just approved a bill requiring any "abolition or modification of term limits" to be approved by referenda. No Republicans on the committee cooperated, causing senator Kevin Parker to declare they are "in the pocket" of Mayor Bloomberg, whose recent overturn of te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Albany Ready to Referendum Bloomberg's Term-Limits Plan

    Newly-empowered Albany Democrats are learning a new respect for term limits. State Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Malcolm Smith has already said he'd welcome a bill requiring a referendum on Bloomberg's term-limits reversal. Now Senator Kevin Parker is saying he'll introduce such a bill next week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    At Election Night Party, NY Dems Cheer, Pump Fists, Boo Palin

    Photo by Sara Dover Additional reporting by Sara Dover Governor David Paterson wasn't going to get the crowd at last night's State Democratic Committee party to pay attention to him just by asking. John McCain had just conceded the Presidential election, and the Democratic supporters and politicia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Bloomy "Grubby," Says Parker; Mayor's Fine, Say Clergy; "No More Questions," Says Mystery Man

    Fresh from trouncing two council opponents in last month's Democratic primary, Brooklyn state senator Kevin Parker is fired up and not taking it any more. Parker has been a regular at recent City Hall press conferences of foes of Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to overturn term limits. Here's a sample ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Primary: Silver Stays, Connor Out, Espada Beats Gonzalez, More

    Major endorsements, rape stories, and the alleged machinations of "Roy Odroso" couldn't put Paul Newell over the top. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver held the Democratic nomination in the 64th District with 68 percent of Tuesday's primary vote versus Newell's 23 and Luke Henry's 9. Other challenger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Last-Minute Primary Bon Mots from Parker, Schnorrer

    The primary's tomorrow, so let's go ahead and give Line of The Primary Campaign to State Senator Kevin Parker, who tells the New York Sun that his opponents, City Council Members Simcha Felder and Kendall Stewart, "represent ambition without accomplishment." He also calls them "two guys who are abou ... More >>

  • News

    July 13, 2004

    His Dear Friends

    Tricks of the trade among the big givers and big takers of political campaign cash

  • NYC Life

    January 6, 2004
  • News

    October 29, 2002

    Which Third Way?

    Greens and the Working Families Party Try to Make Progressive Votes Count

  • News

    September 4, 2001

    Green for Mayor

    Public Advocate Is the Best Choice