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Governor Paterson Signs Four MWBE Bills into Law

Governor Paterson Signs Four MWBE Bills into Law

Governor David A. Paterson signed four ground-breaking bills into law, including legislation that will establish a level playing field for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) in New York State. Three of the bills were Governor’s Program Bills. 

July 19, 2010
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History of The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

HISTORY

In 1917, The New York State Assembly elected its first Black American legislator, Mr.Edward A. Johnson, and in 1937 Assemblyman Oscar Garcia Rivera was the first American of Puerto Rican heritage to be elected in the State Assembly. From those small victories, slowly, two became three, three became four, and four became many. Presently the Caucus has a total of 48 members within the State Assembly and Senate.

July 16, 2010
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The People’s Budget Equity XVIII Report

Click on the link below to view the full Equity XVIII Report...

File: 
Budget Euilty XVIII Report.pdf

July 15, 2010
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Majority Boosts Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

Majority Passes the 2010 Business Diversification Act; the New York State MWBE Asset Management and Financial Institution Strategy Act and Secures Budget Reform to Ensure MWBEs Get Fair Access to Capital for Expansion

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority, promoting new opportunities for the business growth and expansion of minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE), has passed a legislative package (S8314, S8313, S8312) which will:

· Ensure fairness in the contract awarding process for minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

· Require more stringent reporting requirements for agencies and prime contractors.

July 13, 2010
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MAJORITY MANDATES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR CHILD KILLERS

Child Protection Act of 2010 Strengthens Penal Law, Establishes New Penalties for Murder & Rape of a child

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority passed some of the strongest laws in the country making those responsible for the intentional death of a child punishable to the very fullest extent of the law – life without the opportunity for parole.

The Majority’s legislation, the Child Protection Act of 2010 (S7705/Hassell-Thompson) establishes the class A-I felony of aggravated murder of a child; under this charge the sentence is life imprisonment without parole. Aggravated murder includes:

July 8, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chair 10:00 AM, Monday, June 28, 2010 Room 124 CAP. The committee will consider the following nomination: Richard J. Clarke, as a Member of the State Board of Parole

June 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Providing All Students With A Safe Learning Environment

Senate Passes Landmark ‘Dignity For All Students Act’ 

(Albany, NY) Committed to ensuring that all students have a safe environment in which to learn, free from harassment and discrimination, the Senate Democratic Majority passed the ‘Dignity for All Students Act’ (S1987B/ Duane). This legislation aims to provide all students with a safe school environment conducive to learning by putting an end to harassment and discrimination based on but not limited to race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.

June 24, 2010
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Public Protection Budget Ensures Equal Justice For All New Yorkers

Majority adopts Interest On Lawyer Account funding in legislation

(Albany, NY) Recognizing the need to give all New Yorkers equal access to our justice system, the Senate Democratic Majority passed budget legislation on June 21, 2010 that fully funds the $15 million Judiciary appropriation for civil legal services for poor New Yorkers.

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Mt. Vernon), Chair of the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and Conference Chairwoman said, “We needed to stabilize Civil Legal Services in New York State and we did. Now New Yorkers who need legal assistance to stop foreclosure actions, to fight for unemployment benefits, to fight against housing evictions, debt collection and scores of other actions will have access to competent counsel.”

June 22, 2010
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Majority Stands Together with Domestic Violence Survivors

Legislative package establishes stronger rights, strengthens services 

June 22, 2010
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Students from the Ohio Youth Civic Leadership Academy pose for a picture with NYS Conference of Black Senators Chairwoman, Ruth Hassell-Thompson

"The Ohio Youth Civic Leadership Academy pose for a picture with Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Deputy Journal Clerk Lisa Copeland in Senate Chambers for their Youth Shadow Day in Albany"

June 17, 2010
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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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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chair Thursday , June 17, 2010 Off the Floor

June 17, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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