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2010 End of the Year Memo to Friends and Colleagues

Dear Colleagues and Friends:The 2010 Legislative Session year has come to a close and the New York State Senate Conference of Black Senators had a very productive year. As a Conference, we selected 23 high priority legislative Signature bills that would have significant impacts on our communities of color. Out of the 23 bills, we were able to get 16 of these passed in both houses and signed by the Governor. These Signature bills have provided our communities with some reprieve from this current economic depression. It is my hope that for the 2011 Legislative year that we will continue to put forth Signature Legislative bills that will help our communities.

February 7, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON ON NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

“In the midst of ongoing state budget negotiations and health care cuts, we are reminded today on this, the 11th National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, that Black-Americans continue to have the highest rates of HIV infection in the state and nation.

“Blacks make up just 14 percent of the U.S. population, yet account for almost half of those living with HIV/AIDS in this country.

“As we pause to reflect on the lives touched by, and lost to, this disease let us also renew our resolve to do whatever is necessary in ending this epidemic. Each of us must play our part in this fight.

February 7, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON ON NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

“In the midst of ongoing state budget negotiations and health care cuts, we are reminded today on this, the 11th National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, that Black-Americans continue to have the highest rates of HIV infection in the state and nation.   

February 7, 2011
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Governor Gets High Marks on First State of the State, But More Needs to be Done for Communities of Color

By Senator Ruth Hassell-ThompsonChairwoman - New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative CaucusLow-income and middle-income New Yorkers are hurting from the combined effects of high property taxes, unemployment and underemployment, health care premium increases, and cuts to public services. While it is within the responsibilities of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus ("the Caucus") to protect services and resources for the most vulnerable New Yorkers, we understand full well the immediacy of the fiscal challenges facing our state. We are committed to partnering with Governor Andrew Cuomo to balance a budget that is fair going forward.

February 7, 2011
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