Kevin Parker, a Democrat who just won reelection for his seat to represent D21 in State Senate, announced today he is running for the post of NYC Comptroller. The Comptroller’s duties include serving as a fiscal watchdog for the city, overseeing municipal workers’ pension funds, and reviewing city contracts, and he’s joining Councilmembers Brad Lander and Helen Rosenthal, Brian Benjamin and David Weprin in the race.
Sen. Parker promised to “draw upon his education and practical experience to serve as the Certified Watch Dog for New Yorkers.”
Sen. Parker who represents Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Flatbush, and East Flatbush is currently the chair of the Energy and Communications Committee. Parker was first elected to his current office in 2003. He also ran for city council in 2001 while working as Special Assistant to the Office of the New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall from 2000 to 2002.
“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 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,” Parker said announcing his entry in the race.
You can read more about his plans on his campaign site. Some highlights:
- As comptroller, I will work with our financial institutions to open access to capital for our small businesses and MWBEs.
- I will also invest more of the city’s pension funds with MWBE asset managers, whose returns are almost identical to all others, and such capital will make its way into our city’s communities of color.
- I will also advocate for smarter spending on homeless services. This includes more spending on supportive housing and rental assistance. I will also create an Office of the Comptroller Oversight Committee comprised of public and private officials to ensure our City is offering adequate affordable housing units to those who need it.
- I will also review homeless service providers contracted with the city to ensure they are engaging in best practices so that street homeless are willing to enter shelters. And when approving contracts for homeless facilities, I will enforce Fair Share criteria.
- As comptroller, I will oversee the city’s spending on public safety to ensure that we fund evidence-based programs that prevent New Yorkers from turning to crime, and not spending on policing.