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Earth Day 2014 Poster Contest: District 36

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 36th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Ra'eesah BoothGrade 2P.S. 121

April 17, 2014
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Senator Hassell-Thompson and Assemblyman Camara reintroduce resolution designating June as Gun Violence Awareness Month

ASSEMBLYMAN KARIM CAMARA AND STATE SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON ANNOUNCE THE INTRODUCTION OF A 2014 RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE JUNE AS GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH IN NEW YORK STATE

 “A Black or Latino youth has a 56% increased likelihood of being injured by gun violence than

a motor vehicle accident, this is akin to a public health crisis” 

March 11, 2014
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Senator Jeff Klein and Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson announced a $100,000 direct aid grant for Mount Vernon schools that will be used to fund updated technology for 6th and 7th grade students.

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson joined with Senator Klein, and Mount Vernon Interim Superintendent of Schools Judith Johnson, along with many students, parents, teachers and principals from the local schools who will benefit from Senator Klein’s grant of $100,000 in direct aid to fund tablets, Smart Boards and lap tops for middle schoolers at public schools in Mount Vernon. 

February 26, 2014
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Senator Hassell-Thompson’s statement regarding the two destructive fires in Mount Vernon

“Yesterday, our community witnessed the destruction of two homes due to separate fires.  Thankfully, there was no loss of life, but 27 people have now been displaced.  Currently, the American Red Cross and volunteers are assisting these residents and I am sure that all of us in Mount Vernon will work together to provide any additional help needed.  I would like to thank the Mount Vernon Firefighters for their quick responses and bravery.”

February 26, 2014
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

December 6, 2013
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Domestic Violence Women’s Rights and Criminal Justice Advocates to Hold Press Conference about Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act in Albany on June 5th

What:

Over 100 advocates from across the state will join in Albany on Wednesday, June 5th to lobby legislators to enact the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (A.4314-B and S.3337-B), which would establish more compassionate sentencing for survivors convicted of crimes directly related to the abuse they suffered.

Who:

June 4, 2013
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William DuBose

William DuBose is the former Commissioner of the Veterans Service Agency and the Mount Vernon Auxiliary Police.Commissioner William DuBose was born on February 11, 1946 in Darlington, South Carolina. He earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Friendship Junior College and a Bachelors Degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.Commissioner DuBose was a member of the Army and a Vietnam veteran. As a longtime resident of Mount Vernon, New York, Commissioner DuBose acted as the City’s liaison between veterans, their dependents and the United States Department of  Veterans Affairs.

May 20, 2013
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Recognizes May as Asthma Awareness Month

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson urges increased asthma awareness and education during May as part of Asthma Awareness Month. 

May 16, 2013
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Josephine Collins

Being a model citizen is nothing new for Josephine Collins. While growing up in the South, she carried one message from her mother that has defined her through the years. That message is to “always look after your elders, for they paved the way for you and the youth, for they are your future.” To this day, Ms. Collins’ efforts have not gone unnoticed. She has been the recipient of many certificates and awards for her work and shows no sign of slowing down.

An active member of Community Protestant Church, Ms. Collins has volunteered to serve on several organizations as president, usher, nurse, chaplain and treasurer. 

May 13, 2013
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Celebrates April 22nd as Earth Day

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson reminds all New Yorkers that April 22nd is Earth Day and encourages everyone to make a commitment to protecting the planet, ensuring clean air and fresh water for generations to come. 

April 22, 2013
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ASSEMBLYMAN KARIM CAMARA AND STATE SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON ANNOUNCE JUNE AS GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH IN NEW YORK STATE AND THE START OF A FIVE YEAR PLAN TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE

A Black or Latino youth has a 56% increased likelihood of being injured by gun violence than a motor vehicle accident, this is akin to a public health crisis”

April 17, 2013
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Osborne Association Moves to Fulton Street

A 106 year old Claremont building, used in the past as a synagogue, a church and a minimum correctional facility is now being proposed as a facility for reentry under the auspices of the Osborne Association.  The Osborne Association has an eighty year history of leadership in working with currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and children and families, affected by the incarceration of a loved one. 

March 28, 2013
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Announces Extended DMV Hours and Increased Funding For Streets and Highways

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson is pleased to announce that certain Department of Motor Vehicle locations will soon have extended business hours and some branch locations will be open on Saturdays. 

March 26, 2013
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Legislature Rejects Increases in Traffic Fines

Proposed restrictions on plea bargaining traffic tickets and a proposed $80 surcharge on certain parking tickets were rejected by the Legislature during budget negotiations.  Governor Cuomo and the Legislature did, however, agree that fines for texting while driving and driving without a hands free device should be enhanced. 

March 26, 2013
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Universal Health Care for New York Introduced

New York Health” Single Payer Bill Provides

March 15, 2013
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Calls For Minimum Wage Increase

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D) joined with members of the Senate Democratic Conference to call for immediate action to raise the New York State minimum wage and index future increases to the rate of inflation.

February 28, 2013
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