Ruth Hassell-Thompson's Press releases

Organizations responding to the Haiti Earthquake

** Information on finding family members, and conditions on Haiti, is being provided by calling the following number at the State Department: 1 (800) 407-4747For Donations:• American Red Cross International

Donation Phone #: (800) HELP-NOW     Website: http://redcross.org 

January 15, 2010
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NYS Conference of Black Senators offer their support and prayers to the families and friends affected by this terrible natural disaster in Haiti

Members of the NYS Conference of Black Senators sent messages of prayers and support today, to families and friends that have been affected by the tragic earthquake that took place south of Port-Au Prince, Haiti yesterday. “The Haitian community is a very vibrant and important part of our districts and we will do everything possible to aid them during this painful time”, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson of the 36th District (Westchester and Bronx), Chairwoman of the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS).

January 13, 2010
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Statement from Senator Hassell-Thompson Regarding the Earthquake in Haiti

“Our hearts and prayers are with the Haitians and their many loved ones during this devastating natural tragedy.  Currently, there are not a lot of concrete facts for us to report to the public who may have families affected by this earthquake.  As we receive reliable information, we will do our best to disseminate it as quickly as possible.

January 13, 2010
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Chief Judge Lippman Testifies at Joint Public Hearing to Address Civil Legal Service Funding Crisis

Senator Hassell-Thompson, Senator Sampson and Assemblywoman Weinstein Sponsor Hearings To Explore The Need For Reform Of The Civil Legal Service System To Ensure That We Protect Families And Core Justice Values In This Hard Economy.

January 8, 2010
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January 6, 2010
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NY Senate Launches Census 2010 Complete Count Committee to Remedy Shortfall in Federal Funding for Crucial Public Services

The New York State Senate is joining businesses, faith leaders and community leaders across the state to make certain the upcoming Census 2010 counts every New Yorker. With 100 days remaining until "Census Day," Senate leaders in conjunction with every member of the Majority Conference launched the New York Senate Census 2010 Complete Count Committee.

December 22, 2009
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Senate Majority Holds Buffalo Hearing to Explore the Need for Reform of the Civil Legal Service System

(Buffalo-NY) -The New York State Senate today held the second in a series of hearings to determine the future of civil legal services in New York State.  Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Antoine Thompson and William Stachowski heard testimony from leaders of various legal, academic, bu

December 16, 2009
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LANDMARK SENATE FORECLOSURE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR PATERSON

New Law Protects Homeowners, Prevents Similar Crises From Happening In The Future

December 15, 2009
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Senate Majority Committed to Protecting the Rights of At-Risk Families

Senators Hassell-Thompson And Sampson Hold Hearings To Explore The Need For Reform Of The Civil Legal Service System To Ensure That We Protect Families And Core Justice Values In This Hard Economy.

December 9, 2009
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December 8, 2009
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ONE IN EVERY SEVEN

          During the budget negotiations I listened carefully to the leaders of the teachers unions, communication workers, transit workers, health care workers and scores of other hard working unions and associations. I have also listened to leaders from corporate America and heads of federal and state agencies.

December 7, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Says "It's Time To Talk"

On December 3, 2009 Americans nationwide will be participating in It's Time To Talk Day, a day dedicated to speaking about issues that are literally life and death ----domestic abuse and teen dating abuse.  Here’s an alarming statistic:  1 in 2 teens report that they have been personally victimized by controlling behaviors from a

December 3, 2009
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SENATE PASSES BIPARTISAN DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN

Cuts nearly $3 billion in spending while preventing tax hikes and loss of aid to vital services

December 2, 2009
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SENATOR HASSELL-THOMPSON RECOGNIZES DECEMBER AS AIDS AWARENESS MONTH

Not only is December a month filled with hope and expectations, and some typical holiday stress, but it is also AIDS Awareness Month.  As a former nurse and health educator who worked with persons infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson urges all New Yorkers to remember that AIDS is still a major health threat.  U

December 1, 2009
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State Senate to Hold Public Hearings to Address IOLA’s Funding Crisis

Led by Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson and John Sampson, the New York State Senate will hold hearings in December and January to address the funding crisis facing the New York State Interest on Lawyer Account Fund (“IOLA”).  IOLA is the single largest funder for organizations providing civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers throughout the state.

November 24, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Receives Prestigious Benjamin Ward Leadership Award

On November 4, 2009, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson was presented with the Benjamin Ward Leadership Award by the New York State Minorities in Criminal Justice, Inc.  Benjamin Ward served with great distinction as the former Commissioner of both the NYS Department of Correctional Services and the NYC Police Department.

November 19, 2009
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Protect you and your loved ones this winter

This year’s cool fall has led many to focus on winter’s imminent arrival and has proved worrisome for residents who struggle to pay their heating bills. Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson is pleased to announce the availability of hundreds of millions of dollars through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LI- HEAP).  

October 27, 2009
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Senators Hassell-Thompson and Sampson Call for Public Hearings To Address IOLA’s Funding Crisis

             New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and Senator John Sampson, Senate Majority Conference Leader are calling for public hearings regarding the financial crisis that the New York State Interest On Lawyer Account Fund (“IOLA”) is facing.  The IOLA Fund, in existence since 1983, is used

October 16, 2009
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GOVERNOR PATERSON SIGNS LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law a bill to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence. The new legislation, a program bill introduced by the Governor last spring and whose terms were agreed upon between the Governor and legislative leaders, holds individuals more accountable for their abusive actions and improves upon the court system’s response to affected families.

October 9, 2009
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NYS Conference of Black Senators Unveiled their Signature Agenda

Today, the NYS Conference of Black Senators announced their support for the Signature Agenda of Legislative Issues that they wish to see passed before the end of this session. The members stressed the need for them to be brought to the floor quickly:

-Article 15-A : Senate Bill 1799, Sponsored by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson

-Better School Act (School Governance): Senate Bill 5576, sponsored by Senator Kevin Parker

-Foreclosure: Senate Bill 4109A, sponsored by Senator Jeff Klein

June 2, 2009
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