(Albany, NY) - On Monday, May 18, 2009, the New York State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 3402, introduced by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chairwoman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. This legislation would allow for the New York State Crime Victims Board to compensate young victims for property damage, transportation to court and counseling. In previous years, the law stipulated that no compensation would be allowed for child victims unless they were physically harmed.
(Albany, NY) - On Tuesday, April 28, 2009, the New York State Senate passed Senate Bill 3755, introduced by Majority Conference Chairwoman Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and co-sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Senator Jeff Klein. This legislation will allow the Bronx Zoo to continue to reserve at least one day each week as free admission day to the public for another three years.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson praised Governor David A. Paterson, and members of the Senate and the Assembly for the historic three-way agreement to the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The agreement eliminates the ineffective and outdated sentencing law and focuses on treatment rather than punishment to end the deadly cycle of drug addiction.