[UPDATE]: State Senator Tells Staffer ‘Kill Yourself!’ After She ID’d Him Parked Illegally in a Bike Lane

Kevin Parker (left) and his parking placard.
Kevin Parker (left) and his parking placard.

SB Donation NYC header 2A Brooklyn State Senator with a well-known temper and a history of road violence told a legislative staffer to “kill” herself after she revealed that he had illegally parked in a bike lane on Tuesday morning.

Kevin Parker tweeted “Kill yourself!” to GOP spokeswoman Candice Giove after she re-tweeted a picture of what she said was Parker’s car in a bike lane on Second Avenue between 43rd and 44th streets in Manhattan.

This was Parker's tweet — before he deleted it.
This was Parker’s tweet — before he deleted it.

Parker later deleted the tweet and apologized to Giove for the suicide request, but he never apologized for the original transgression, cycling advocates pointed out.

Parker deleted the tweet, but bike lane advocates asked for more.
Parker deleted the tweet, but bike lane advocates asked for more.

“Now apologize for using your placard to park in a bike lane,” tweeted Danny Imperiali.

Streetfilms auteur Clarence Eckerson Jr. added, “Apology 1/3 complete. Still waiting for 2/3rds balance where he tells #bikenyc he is sorry for endangering their lives and addresses what is going on with that parking permit.”

Others called for Parker’s resignation.

Still, Parker doubled-down on his attack on Giove even after his half-hearted apology, tweeting, “@Candicegiove is on the wrong side of history for every important issue facing New York State!” (He made similar comments to the Daily News’s Ken Lovett.)

It’s not the first time Parker’s driving has led to violence. In 2009, he punched a NY Post photographer who was covering an alleged fight Parker had had with a Capitol parking attendant.

In 2005, a judge ordered Parker to undergo an anger-management course after he was charged with punching a traffic agent, the Daily News reported. (Within hours of the “Kill yourself!” tweet, Parker’s Wikipedia page had already been amended to feature it.)

Unreported was the 2016 incident where Parker allegedly rear-ended the car of fellow Brooklynite Benilda Ottley, who suffered serious spinal injuries. Ottley sued Parker, and the two settled out of court earlier this year.

More recently, cars owned by Parker have been nabbed dozens of times for speed zone infractions and other offenses. One car, with the license plate GUU-184, had 18 speeding tickets and 13 bus lane violations (see below), a plurality in 2017. Another car that has been linked to Parker, has three speed-zone tickets and two bus lane violations, all this year.

Parker’s driving record is likely to be an issue in the public advocate race, where Council Member Jumaane Williams is seen as a front runner. Williams, like Parker, has a lengthy record of reckless driving — and Parker is one of his key campaign officials.

Streetsblog reached out to Parker and Williams, but has not heard back. Later in the day, reporter Zack Finke tweeted a statement from Williams.

“I’m very concerned by the statement I saw from Senator Parker on social media earlier today,” Williams said. “After speaking with him this afternoon, we have both agreed that it’s best for him to step down as co-chair of my campaign.”

Story was updated to include the new quote from Williams.

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  • mfs

    Sorry, what’s the connection between Williams and Parker? Parker endorsed him but you need to link to something that indicates he is an official in Williams’ campaign before the guilt by association.

  • Looks like we’re gonna have to hashtag-drain the swamp, fellow voters.

  • HamTech87
  • Another reason I am voting for Nomiki Konst

  • mfs

    That stuff is already linked to, but not any support for the statement “Parker is one of [William’s] key campaign officials” which I think is at a minimum a massive overstatement, and at worst guilt by association. No dog in this fight, I just was disappointed to read SB making this statement without evidence.

  • djx

    I want to know about this too. Is it true? SB please back it up or retract.

  • cjstephens

    I get that we don’t really have elections in the proper sense of the word for most electoral races here in NY, but can’t the grown-ups in the party tap this guy on the shoulder and tell him it’s time to go? Surely his district contains a loyal party hack who has less baggage and is better able to do the job without being an embarrassment?

  • Kenji

    “I’m very concerned by the statement I saw from Senator Parker on social media earlier today,” Williams said. “After speaking with him this afternoon, we have both agreed that it’s best for him to step down as co-chair of my campaign.”

  • Bernard Finucane

    Protip: Telling people to kill themselves on twitter may be harmful to your political career.

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