Senator leads the way in education

Thanks!: State Sen. Kevin Parker, second from left, presents a check to members of the National College Resources Foundation at the Black College Expo, held at Medgar Evers College.
Office of state Sen. Kevin Parker


Cheers to state Sen. Kevin Parker (D–Flatbush) for hosting this year’s Black College Expo on Sept. 29 at Medgar Evers College.

College-bound high schoolers and parents joined the generous senator, along with members of the National College Resources Foundation, to learn about opportunities to further their education.

The expo facilitated the interaction of students with college recruiters to plan for their futures. Families were able to discuss the college admissions process, scholarship opportunities, and what attending a historically black college means to their academic success. At the event, students and parents had the opportunity to participate in the discussions.

In addition to co-sponsoring the event, Sen. Parker afforded a $1,000 scholarship to an attendee headed to college next year.

“It can be difficult for parents and students to navigate the college admissions process, and this event helps by focusing on both accessibility and affordability for students of color,” explained the senator.

“This is my third year collaborating with the Black College Expo, and I could not be more proud of how well-planned and informative the exhibition has been for community residents. I am thankful to the National College Resources Foundation for being such a critical resource for students of color here in New York State and across the country,” the lawmaker added.

“Every year The Black College Expo aims to create a platform for children of color to learn more about the college admissions process, and to network and gain insight on scholarships. We are proud to partner with state Sen. Kevin Parker, as he has been instrumental in helping us reach our goals for the New York City tour stop, and we look forward to our continued partnership with his office,” said Diana Love, director of College Access and New Business Development at National College Resources Foundation.

State Sen. Kevin Parker district office [3021 Tilden Ave. in Flatbush, (718) 629–6401].

Borough Wide

Save the date

It’s legendary — it’s the Legends of the Village. VillageCare is hosting its 20th benefit gala, honoring actress Olga Merediz and long-time employee of VillageCare Domingo Rodriguez on Nov. 5 at Tribeca Rooftop at 2 Desbrosses St. in Manhattan.

The event brings sponsors together to celebrate major accomplishments while raising much-needed funds to support programs that promote healing, better health, and well-being for those served.

VillageCare began in 1977 by community volunteers to rescue and reorganize a for-profit nursing home slated for closure. The much larger organization now provides post acute care, community-based services, and managed long-term care.

So mark the time — 6 pm cocktails, 7 pm dinner and dancing — and RSVP by Oct. 19.

VillageCare Legends of the Village gala (2 Desbrosses St. between Hudson and Greenwich streets in Manhattan, www.villagecare.org) Nov. 5 at 6 pm.

Can’t make the gala? No problem, you can donate by calling (212) 337–5743 or emailing foundation@villagecare.org.



It’s a new office for Brooklyn Legal Services’ Tenant Rights Coalition. The advocacy group held an open house on Sept. 27 to commemorate the opening of its latest addition.

For three years, the team of attorneys and advocates has been providing legal and advocacy services to tenants in East New York, Brownsville, and surrounding neighborhoods, assisting thousands of tenants to fight evictions, address bad housing conditions, and force scofflaw landlords to comply with the law.

“We are here to fight for the rights of Brooklyn tenants and be a force against landlords who abuse and displace tenants,” said Luis Henriquez Carrero, director at Brooklyn Tenant Rights Coalition.

Brooklyn Legal Services Tenant Rights Coalition [Eastern Parkway and Rockaway Avenue in Brownsville, (718) 237–5500, www.legalservicesnyc.org].

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