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Senate Moves to Protect Child Witnesses in Trial

On February 8, 2011, the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation (Senate Bill 1433) which will allow children to testify via closed circuit television in murder and attempted murder cases. 

February 15, 2011
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Statement from Senator Hassell-Thompson During Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and Awareness Month

This year marks the second anniversary of Congress dedicating February as Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and Awareness Month.  During this month, many organizations and individuals nationwide will come together to highlight the need to educate young people about healthy relationships and to raise awareness about this devastating type of abuse.

February 11, 2011
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Recognizes February as American Heart Month

Urges New Yorkers to be proactive about their heart health 

February 10, 2011
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2010 End of the Year Memo to Friends and Colleagues

Dear Colleagues and Friends:The 2010 Legislative Session year has come to a close and the New York State Senate Conference of Black Senators had a very productive year. As a Conference, we selected 23 high priority legislative Signature bills that would have significant impacts on our communities of color. Out of the 23 bills, we were able to get 16 of these passed in both houses and signed by the Governor. These Signature bills have provided our communities with some reprieve from this current economic depression. It is my hope that for the 2011 Legislative year that we will continue to put forth Signature Legislative bills that will help our communities.

February 7, 2011
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CBS Signature Bill signed By the Governor

For Immediate Release: October 4, 2010 Contacts: Antonio Rodriguez (Huntley) | (518) 455-3531 Jane Carey (Lancman) | (718) 820-0241

Huntley/Lancman “Hospital Closure Planning Act” Signed Into Law Bill Requires State To Address Impact Of Hospital Closings On Communities

October 18, 2010
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CBS Signature Bill signed By the Governor

For Immediate Release: October 4, 2010 Contacts: Antonio Rodriguez (Huntley) | (518) 455-3531 Jane Carey (Lancman) | (718) 820-0241

Huntley/Lancman “Hospital Closure Planning Act” Signed Into Law Bill Requires State To Address Impact Of Hospital Closings On Communities

Governor Paterson has signed the “Hospital Closure Planning Act” ( A.10748A/S.7483A ) into law.  The Act was sponsored by Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) and Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) and was the product of yearlong negotiations with the Governor’s office.

October 4, 2010
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Students from the Ohio Youth Civic Leadership Academy pose for a picture with NYS Conference of Black Senators Chairwoman, Ruth Hassell-Thompson

"The Ohio Youth Civic Leadership Academy pose for a picture with Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Deputy Journal Clerk Lisa Copeland in Senate Chambers for their Youth Shadow Day in Albany"

June 17, 2010
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