ALBANY—State Senator Kevin Parker, facing a felony charge, was stripped of his leadership post and the stipend that accompanies it this weekend.
In a statement that came hours after Parker's arrest in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Majority Leader Malcolm Smith said the demotion was effective immediately until the "serious" charges against Parker are resolved.
An NYPD spokesman told me Parker was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, in connection with an incident involving a Post photographer Friday evening. If he is convicted of a felony, he will be unable to serve in the State Senate, where his vote is needed to maintain the Democrats ultra-slim majority.
The Post reported that Parker got in a dust-up with William Lopez after the photographer snapped a picture of Parker for this story, which cites court papers showing the elected official's home may be repossessed.
Parker is the second member of the Democratic conference to face a felony charge. State Senator Hiram Monserrate was indicted in March in connection with assaulting his girlfriend. Monserrate, who has claimed the incident was an accident, was stripped of his leadership stipend and committee chairmanship only after the indictment, and only after Smith discussed how to treat the matter with his fellow members.