The Bronx/Westchester lawmaker noted that the Senate Democratic plan would replace more than a decade of unproductive investments by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), many of which failed to meet specified job creation goals. What’s more ESDC failed to adequately monitor these investments resulting in wasted money throughout the State.
In recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced an opportunity for people age 65 and older to take advantage of a no-cost diabetes eyecare program. Diabetes affects millions of Americans, yet experts estimate that one in three cases goes undiagnosed.
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today encouraged qualified Bronx and Westchester County residents to sign up for October’s New York Police Department Entrance Examination. The deadline to apply for the free examination is September 15.
"There are few people in the world, let alone America, who do not know the letters ‘N-Y-P-D,’" said Senator Hassell-Thompson. "Based on its long history of service and heroism, the New York Police Department is widely recognized as the world’s premier crime-fighting force.
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today had strong words of praise for Governor Eliot Spitzer’s state budget for Fiscal Year 2007-08, singling out the chief executive’s intentions to provide targeted tax relief and tax fairness for millions of New Yorkers saddled with an unfair tax burden.
Calling 2007 "a landmark year for education in New York," State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today applauded Governor Eliot Spitzer's bold vision for transforming a statewide public education system that has too often failed to deliver success in the classroom.
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today encouraged every adult woman to take advantage of Pap smear screening, which tests for cancer of the cervix, the lower, narrow end of the uterus or womb. January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month.
"Most of us never realize how much we take our good health for granted until something goes wrong," Senator Hassell-Thompson said. "What could be simpler than taking the first step of scheduling a Pap smear, and being proactive in our approach to our own health. It may be the most important decision we ever make."
Picking up on the themes Governor Spitzer laid out in his first State of the State Address, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) called on the Legislature to immediately pass sweeping reforms to make our state government more transparent, cut property and business taxes to help attract new businesses and create jobs, invest in our public schools to broaden opportunity for all and reform our health care system to better serve all New Yorkers.
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) encouraged New Yorkers with questions about oral health to take advantage of a toll-free hotline manned by multi-lingual dentists on Tues. October 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
"Many people have questions about oral or dental health," said Senator Hassell-Thompson. "If you ever wanted to ask a dentist about whitening your teeth, or wondered why your gums are bleeding, this is an ideal opportunity to get answers."
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today praised a new law extending health insurance coverage to children diagnosed with autism, a neurobiological condition. Under existing law, many health insurance plans that routinely cover similar neurobiological disorders do not cover autism treatment.
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today criticized the Governor’s veto of a waiting list for adults with mental illnesses seeking community housing and supportive services. The waiting list legislation, supported by a broad coalition of mental health providers, advocates, and concerned citizens, called for the creation of a monthly list to identify the number of people with serious mental illnesses waiting for supportive housing.
Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) recently unveiled proposals to provide affordable health insurance to New York’s 500,000 uninsured children, lower the costs of prescription drugs for those without health insurance, and combat rising asthma rates in low-income neighborhoods.
"Treatable and preventable childhood illnesses often go undiagnosed in low-income, uninsured families," said Senator Hassell-Thompson. "If we don’t help our kids to get medical care now, chances are we will be paying more later on for emergency room visits and hospital care."
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today called on the State Board of Elections and the U.S. Department of Justice to work together in implementing the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) law in New York State as quickly as possible. The issue of full and timely implementation of HAVA is currently in front of a federal judge overseeing a lawsuit filed by the Department.
Saying that "reading is one of the most important, rewarding and enjoyable learning experiences for children," State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced that she is launching a children’s summer reading program to encourage youngsters to keep learning while school is out.
Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today praised the Legislature for voting to override Governor Pataki’s veto of $1 billion in tax credits for New York’s working families. Unfortunately, the Governor has threatened to withhold the funds until constitutional issues are resolved.
The override restores funds for the newly created Empire State Child Credit, and the School Tax Relief (STAR) Plus Rebate program. Both programs are part of a tax reduction package supported by the SenateMinority Conferenceto provide tax relief for New York’s working families.
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) reported that New Yorkers will no longer have to pay the State sales tax on purchases of clothing and footwear $110 or less, as of April 1 of this year. On that date, New York joined Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont in exempting clothing from the sales tax base.