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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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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, June 7, 2010 Room 612 LOB

June 7, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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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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Jerry Williams

Served in South East Asia over two years and a member of Air Force Advisory Team 2-2Taught Fire Fighting and Rescue Technique to the Vietnam National Air Force.

June 1, 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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Conference Call: New York State Conference of Black Senators Unveil their Signature Agenda Issues

Media Advisory

Contact Person (s): Tunisha Walker, Executive Director (518) 455-2049                 Jessica Dillard, Assistant (518) 455-2050

The New York State Conference of Black Senators (CBS) will be unveiling their 2010 Signature Agenda Issues that they would like to see passed before the end of this legislative session.  They will discuss the following bills: MWBE Article 15A, MWBE Disparity Study, Contracts Bill, MTA Small Business Mentoring Program, Parental Rights, Youth Suicide Prevention, Voter Suppression Bill, Campaign Finance Reform, Global Warming Pollution Control, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Toxic Prevention of Manufactured Products, Hospital Closure Planning Act, Medicaid Coverage for Extended Stay, HIV Written Consent Form, Vacancy Decontrol, Mitchell-lama, Alternatives to Residential Placement, Alternative Detention Program, Child Victims, Funeral Procession, Police Officer Abuse, Police Officer Training Program and Marvin’s Law. 

May 24, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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 12:30 PM, Monday, May 24, 2010 Room 612 LOB

May 24, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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A Day Of Solidarity And Prayer For Haiti’s Lost Sons And Daughters Sunday, May 16th 2010

May 18th 2010 will mark the 206th anniversary of Haiti’s independence as a nation. This year, Haitian Flag Day will be celebrated in the shadow of the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. This earthquake killed over 230,000 men, women and children and in the tumult and chaos that followed, proper burials could not be done. This tragedy has brought a sense of lost pride to Haitians at home and outside of the country.

May 16, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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