Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker has been sentenced to three years probation related to his scuffle with a NY Post photographer. Parker will also pay a $1,000 fine and receive anger management counseling.
This past December, Parker was convicted of a misdemeanor for the confrontation with the photographer in May of 2009, and faced up to two years in prison. He was also stripped of his leadership posts in the Senate at that time, although he will not have to give up his seat.
Prosecutors say Parker broke the photographers' finger when he tried to grab his camera. The photographer's car and camera were also damaged, leading to the criminal mischief misdemeanor. The senator was facing foreclosure of his home at the time.
Parker, a Democrat, won his sixth term in November representing the 21st District in Brooklyn.