Ruth Hassell-Thompson's Press releases

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

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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.

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June 4, 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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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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NYS Black, Puerto-Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Members Call for Passage of Minimum Wage Increase

Citing overwhelming support and outsize need for higher wages in communities of color, lawmakers seek hike to $8.75, plus indexing to inflation  

February 13, 2013
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Announces the Opening of a New Site Office Located at the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson is pleased to announce the opening of  a new site office at the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center located at 3450 DeKalb Avenue (at Gun Hill Road), Bronx, New York 10467.  Starting Wednesday, February 6, 2013, the office will have staff available to meet with constituents to assist them with a variety of issues.  After February 6, 2013, the office will be open every other Wednesday.  Hours will be 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

February 4, 2013
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Announces Historic Passage of Common Sense Gun Laws

(Mount Vernon/Bronx, NY) Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson announced that the New York State Senate has passed the most comprehensive gun control legislation in the country (Senate Bill 2230/Assembly 2388).

January 16, 2013
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SENATOR HASSELL-THOMPSON URGES GOVERNOR TO SIGN BILL EXTENDING STAY AT DV SHELTERS

            A bill  passed by the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly would extend the length of stay for families seeking refuge in a domestic violence shelter to 180 days, an increase of 45 days over the current law.

June 18, 2012
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TIME FOR REPUBLICANS TO CLEAN THEIR EARS

Dean Skelos, the Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, tried to be funny when he quipped that proposed legislation targeted to partially respond to illegal stop and frisks would allow people to “walk around with 10 joints in each ear.” However, it was one of those proffered jokes where nobody in the room laughed but Dean Skelos. It is most obvious that the Republican Leadership is not listening to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have been victims of illegal stop and frisks.  In 2011, the NYPD stopped 684,000 individuals. 87% of the people stopped were people of color and nine of every ten were released without any further legal action taken against them.

June 13, 2012
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