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May 10, 2009

After Arrest, a State Senator Loses His Leaderhip Posts

The New York Times

By Al Baker

Difficulties seen for State Senator Keving S. Parker, an Atlantic Yards supporter who spoke out in favor of the proposed project at the Environmental Impact Statement public hearing in August of 2006 and received a $3,500 campaign contribution from a member of Bruce Ratner's family that same month.

Less than a day after his arrest over a confrontation with a newspaper photographer, State Senator Kevin S. Parker of Brooklyn was stripped of his leadership positions on Saturday, said a spokesman for the Senate majority leader, Malcolm A, Smith.


Officials said the senator was charged with a felony because he was accused of causing more than $1,000 in damage to the photographer’s camera. Mr. Lopez was treated at a hospital for a bruised and swollen finger that apparently got caught in a camera strap during the fracas, the police said.


Austin Shafran, a spokesman for the Senate majority leader, read a statement by Mr. Smith on Saturday that said, “After learning of the incident involving Senator Kevin Parker, I have decided to strip the senator of his leadership position as majority whip and chair of the Energy Committee, effective immediately.”

“Furthermore,” the statement said, “payment of the stipend for Senator Parker’s leadership position has been suspended. These are serious charges which demand the attention of the proper authorities, and my decision today will stand until resolution of the proceedings Senator Parker faces.”


Posted by steve at May 10, 2009 8:32 AM