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.
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
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
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.
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.
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).