Ruth Hassell-Thompson's Press releases

MAJORITY BRINGS MARRIAGE LAW INTO 21st CENTURY

Package ends NY’s status as only state lacking no-fault divorce, guarantees significant protections for women

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority passed a legislative package which fundamentally restructures matrimonial law to improve the process and outcome of divorce for all New Yorkers, particularly women and children who are often the most vulnerable when marriages are dissolved.

The requirement under current law to determine who is at fault for causing the divorce has significant financial and emotional costs, and unnecessarily forces couples in deteriorating relationships to rehash the bitter, painful and embarrassing reasons for divorce.

June 16, 2010
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SAVING JOBS: Majority REQUIRES ESDC TO MAKE RE-DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES


(Albany, NY) Continuing its commitment to economic growth and good jobs throughout the state, the Senate Democratic Majority today unanimously approved legislation requiring the redevelopment and reuse of state prison facilities considered for closure.

The legislation (S7068/Hassell-Thompson) requires the Commissioner of Economic Development to issue an adaptive reuse plan for state prison facilities that are scheduled to be shut down.

June 15, 2010
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VETERANS FIRST: MAJORITY SUPPORTS NEW PROGRAMS TO BENEFIT NEW YORK’S SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN

(Albany, NY) The State Senate Democratic Majority passed eleven pieces of legislation which will expand or launch new benefits programs for the brave New Yorkers who have fought for our nation’s freedom. 

June 3, 2010
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NYS Conference of Black Senators Unveiled their 2010 Signature Agenda

ALBANY-NY   Yesterday, the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS) unveiled their 2010 Signature Agenda issues and expressed their concerns regarding these particular bills not being brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Members of CBS truly believe that African American Communities have suffered long enough within the areas of Economic Development, Education, Health, Housing, Environment, Crime, Racism and Discrimination. Last year, the Conference of Black Senators was very successful with pushing for the passage of the Green Collar Jobs legislation. This year the Conference is hoping to once again bring forth another victory to the African American Communities with passage of the following bills:

May 26, 2010
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Senate Majority Works to Reform Antiquated Matrimonial Laws

Enhance the Integrity and Efficiency of Courtrooms, Facilitate  Equitable Settlements,

May 7, 2010
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Senator Hassell-Thompson to Hold Public Hearing Regarding No-Fault Divorce and Matrimonial Law Reform

Considering major reforms to New York’s matrimonial laws, Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson and Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson will hear testimony from leaders of New York’s Matrimonial Bar, State and local  Bar Associations, leading advocates for victims of domestic violence and the public regarding:

May 5, 2010
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The New York State Conference of Black Senators mourns the loss Of a great leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height “The Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement”

On Tuesday, April 20th, 2010, the nation lost one its greatest civil rights leaders, Dr. Dorothy Height who passed away at the age of 98. Dr. Height dedicated her life to the struggles of equality and human rights for all people. She was a key figure throughout the Civil Rights Movement, along with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Whitney H. Young, A. Philip Randolph, James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis. She was the female team leader in the Civil Rights Leadership At the 1963 March on Washington, Dr.

April 28, 2010
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Senate Majority Passes Resolution Honoring the Life of Dr. Dorothy I. Height

(Albany NY) On April 27, 2010, the Senate Democratic Majority passed a resolution, sponsored by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Mt. Vernon), honoring the life of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, a leader of the African American and women’s civil rights movements. 

April 28, 2010
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Statement from Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Regarding the Passing of Dr. Benjamin Hooks

Dr. Benjamin Hooks once famously said, “You can read the history of a country through its actions.”  On Monday, April 19, 2010, the New York State Senate paused to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Hooks, a stalwart in the fight to eliminate racism and create a fairer, more just America for our Nation’s children.

April 22, 2010
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Statement from Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Regarding Shooting of Parole Officer

As Chairwoman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, I was disturbed to hear of last Thursday's shooting incident in the downtown Brooklyn Office of the Division of Parole.  It is very alarming that anyone could enter the building without being scanned for a concealed weapon.

April 19, 2010
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Triumphant Life Church Join Together with the Bronx Lebanon Hospital and Census 2010 to Host a Health and Information Fair

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson is proud to sponsor the First Annual Health, Wellness and Information Fair.  There will be free screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. 

March 9, 2010
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson,Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Crime, Crime Victims and Correction calls for Public Hearings on Policies of the Division of State Parole


Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chair of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Crime, Crime Victims and Corrections today announced that she will convene a public hearing on the issues raised in the case of Howard Tucker, a 37-year-old parolee released by the Division of Parole who was shot to death by Albany police on February 16th following a traffic stop.

 

March 5, 2010
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Senate Passes Bill To Make Communities Safer from Sexual Predators

Today, the New York State Senate voted to make our communities safer by passing Senate Bill 2923 which would require the Division of Criminal Justice Services to update sex offender information to victims, their families and the community if an offender is in violation of registration requirements. 

March 1, 2010
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Joins with the Bronx AmeriCaribbean Chamber of Commerce and the Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan Church to Host a Townhall Meeting

As the Chairwoman of the Haiti Assistance and Relief Taskforce – H.A.R.T., Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson is sponsoring this town hall meeting to:

February 2, 2010
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February 1, 2010
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SENATE HONORS NEW YORK’S SERVICEMEMBERS

Resolution Pays Tribute to Last Year’s 59 Fallen Heroes

January 27, 2010
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SENATE ACTS TO PROTECT NURSES FROM VIOLENCE

Legislation Raises Assault Penalty to Class C or D 

January 25, 2010
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