Sen. Kevin Parker vows to fight for economic opportunities as NYC comptroller

Sen. Kevin Parker, D- Brooklyn, during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y.
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New York State Senator Kevin Parker, who represents the 21st Senate District in Brooklyn, home to Caribbean nationals, has said  he will fight for economic opportunities for all New Yorkers, as he throws his hat in the crowded ring to replace New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer.

In a recent announcement for candidacy, the popular politician who has served his district for two decades, and many as Senate Majority Whip, and worked as UBS PaineWebber municipal finance manager and special assistant to former State Comptroller H. Cal McCall and as project manager with the New York State Urban Development Corporation, said he will draw upon his education and practical experience to serve as the certified watch dDog for New Yorkers.

Senator Parker, whose Harvest Festival backpack giveaways, and High School students Prom Dress donations, and many outreach programs, have helped thousands of community children and youth, is ready to utilize the powers of the Comptroller’s office to ensure “our city has an inclusive recovery.”

The Statesman, who holds the fifth-ranking position in Senate Democratic leadership, in the State Senate, said he has been a fierce champion of economic development, education, clean energy, domestic violence issues, and civil rights.

A prolific legislator, who is committed to restoring the overall quality of life for constituents in New York, having passed more than 60 bills, including some related related to state contracting, siting of bank branches, stock transfers, the State Comptroller’s accounts, public employee wage disparities, transferring of mortgages, and M/WBEs, is ready to take on the challenge of comptroller in the 2021 race.

“I am running for New York City comptroller because, as we emerge from this pandemic and economic depression, I want to utilize the powers of the comptroller’s office to ensure our city has an inclusive recover, adding, as we enter a new era of national healing, there must be economic opportunities for all New Yorkers, so that we emerge stronger than ever before,” said the politician, who has an extensive education in government.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Service from Penn State University, with a minor in Business, and a Master of Science Degree in Urban Policy and Management from the New School.

Sen. Parker, who has partnered with numerous community leaders and organizations to celebrate his diverse community, is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center, and has been a professor of African-American Studies and Political Science at several CUNY and SUNY institutions.

“I want to utilize the powers of the Comptroller’s office to ensure our city has an inclusive recovery. As we enter a new era of national healing, there must be economic opportunities for all New Yorkers, so that we emerge stronger than ever before,” said the legislator, who will have to contend with two Democratic New York City Council candidates for the seat in the 2021 election.

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