Senator Kevin Parker’s Woman of Distinction is a fitting tribute to Guyanese-born Sherif Fraser, district manager of Brooklyn Community Board 17 in the 21st Senate District, who has dedicated her life to community service since migrating of the United States in 1982.
Sen. Parker (D) who, for the past 19 years has celebrated the contributions of women in their district with the annual Women of Distinction Award for their exemplary contributions, presented a plaque to Fraser on May 9, during a ceremony in the State Capital Building in Albany.
Sen. Parker, Whip for the Senate democratic Conference, and Sen. Democratic Conference Polity Group, called the community manager a hardworking executive, businesswoman, community organizer, and advocate — who has set the bar very high, and is deserving of being called a “Woman of Distinction.”
“I am happy to have this opportunity to recognize the work that she has done in making the 21st Senate District one of the best places to live, work, and raise a family,” said Sen. Parker, adding that as an immigrant woman, she is a living example, of attaining the American dream,”
Fraser, president of the non-profit Guyana Unity Movement, (GUM), a motivator and exceptional citizen in the community, who began her career at the Department of Environmental Protection Communications Center, thanked Sen. Parker, member of the Senate Select Committee on Technology & Innovation, for the prestigious honor, stating that she was proud to have dedicated her life and career to serving the residents of her district.
Fraser who has served in many capacities on advisory boards, such as the Historic Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, Kings Brook Jewish Medical Center, and Kings County Hospital Center Consumer & Family Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, said she was grateful for Sen. Parker’s continued support of initiatives that enhance life in the community.
“I look forward to continuing my mission of service that impacts the lives of youth, seniors and the community at large,” she added.
Sen. Parker, member of the Senate Democratic Minority and Women-Owned Business Task Force (MWBE), who serves on the Senate Standing Committees on Finance, Rules, Higher education, Labor, Insurance, and Banks, has put forward a legislation that prohibits the erection or maintenance of billboards advertising alcoholic beverages within 1000 feet of schools and playgrounds.
The senator has also signed a bill that authorizes a study by department of corrections and community supervision of treatment of the aging populations. He has served residents of Sen. District 21 in Brooklyn, which encompasses the diverse communities of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and Park Slope.
He also supported legislation on the processing of evidence related to sexual offenses and inclusion of such results in the state DND identification index.