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State Senate Brawl Over Terrorism Hearings. We support Rep King’s efforts at the Fed level, Sen Ball’s efforts at the state level, and Sen Parker’s censure!

April 6, 2011

April 5, 2011 5:57 PM 2 comments

State Senate Brawl Over Terrorism Hearings

BY Celeste Katz

I’m late to this kerfuffle, so I’ll make it snappy: Senate Dems are at odds with the GOP’s Greg Ball, suggesting a hearing he plans to hold Friday could spark anti-Muslim sentiment.

Ball’s hearing, “Reviewing our Preparedness: An Examination of New York’s Public Protection Ten Years After September 11,” included speaking invitations to Nonie Darwish, whose views on Islam and its approach to women’s rights have been controversial, and Frank Gaffney, an author who once wrote of President Obama, “The man now happy to have his Islamic-rooted middle name featured prominently has engaged in the most consequential bait-and-switch since Adolf Hitler duped Neville Chamberlain over Czechoslovakia at Munich.”

Obviously, the dispute is reminiscent of the conflict over Rep. Pete King’s Congressional hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims. King and city Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are also scheduled to testify Friday.

You can read the full letter from state Sen. Kevin Parker and his colleagues below. Asked to respond to his critics, Ball told our Glenn Blain: “I truly feel that Sen. Parker is just engaged in an opportunity to garner press.”

Ball Letter Final

Now you may recall how Hiram Monseratte was expelled from the State Senate after conviction of 1 misdemeanor, yet Parker (who holds a ranking position among the Democrat caucus) was convicted of 2 misdemeanors and yet still no action taken by the senate leadership to reprimand him, at least censure if not expulsion, but nope, nothing! 

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State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) has an anger problem.  He was recently sentenced to 3 years probation, ordered to pay $1,672 in fines and damages, and ordered to attend anger management classes, for a violent altercation with a news photographer on May 9, 2010 resulting in property damage.  (This was not an isolated incident by the way)
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