Kevin Parker

Democratic Candidate for New York City Comptroller

Kevin Parker has represented Flatbush and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods as a State Senator in the New York State Legislature since 2002. Prior to serving as a State Senator, Parker worked for local officials, including then State Comptroller H Carl McCall. He was Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy & Telecommunications and is a national voice on energy issues, particularly solar energy. Parker has a history of aggressive words and physical altercations both in and out of government.

Qualifications/ Experience

Government (City and State)

  • 20 years in the State Senate, including as Majority Whip

Relevant Private Sector Experience

  • Parker’s campaign website mentioned experience at UBS Paine Webber, where it says he worked on government affairs but no other details are available.

Financial/ Business/ Compliance

  • As a senior member of the State Senate, Parker plays a role in forming the New York State budget.

Managerial Experience

  • Former Project manager with NY State Urban Development Corporation financing women- and minority-owned businesses
  • Majority Whip and committee Chair in the NY State Senate

Track Record of Transparency and Accountability

  • Parker has a history of getting into scuffles, including both inflammatory words and physical violence. Parker was convicted in 2010 of criminal mischief for attacking a photographer. In 2005 Parker was charged with third degree assault for punching a New York City traffic agent who was issuing him a ticket. That charge was dropped in a plea deal when he agreed to take anger management classes.

Investment Strategy

  • Parker will increase the share of pension fund dollars that will be managed by women and minority asset managers.

Audit Strategy

Parker grew up in NYCHA housing and would be particularly focused on housing issues.

  • Parker would create a new Comptroller Oversight Committee composed of public and private officials that would be tasked with ensuring the city provides an adequate supply of appropriate affordable housing.
  • Parker would scrutinize the Departments of Social Services and Homeless Services to ensure street homeless would agree to partake of their services and would enforce Fair Share distribution across the boroughs regarding facilities for the homeless.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Parker supports Mandatory Inclusionary housing programs, meaning all new developments would need to include rent-regulated units. He would push for the units to be deeply affordable (i.e., for the poor rather than middle class). It is unclear if the Comptroller could have a say in this policy change.
  • Parker advocates for taking money from policing and redirecting it to social programs and other preventative programs as a means to address rising crime. He particularly wants to fund youth enrichment programs.
September 18, 2008

State Senator Faces New Allegations of Violence

December 18, 2018

NY State Senator Kevin Parker tweets ‘Kill yourself!’ to woman who points out his wrong parking placard use

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