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Senators Hassell-Thompson and Sampson Call for Public Hearings To Address IOLA’s Funding Crisis

             New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and Senator John Sampson, Senate Majority Conference Leader are calling for public hearings regarding the financial crisis that the New York State Interest On Lawyer Account Fund (“IOLA”) is facing.  The IOLA Fund, in existence since 1983, is used

October 16, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Holds Press Conference on Child Victims Act

Senator Hassell-Thompson Holds Press Conference on Child Victims Act with Assemblywoman Markey and Reverend Anthony Evans

October 16, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson and Members of Sanctuary for Families

Senator Hassell-Thompson and Members of Sanctuary for Families gather for the 2009 Abely Awards.

October 16, 2009
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GOVERNOR PATERSON SIGNS LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law a bill to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence. The new legislation, a program bill introduced by the Governor last spring and whose terms were agreed upon between the Governor and legislative leaders, holds individuals more accountable for their abusive actions and improves upon the court system’s response to affected families.

October 9, 2009
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Y2010 Arts Alive Project and Arts Alive Artist Grants

We are pleased to announce an open round of the Y2010 Arts Alive Project and Arts Alive Artist grants. We encourage you to apply to all the grants for which you are eligible.

June 24, 2009
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Statement from Senator Hassell-Thompson

As Chairwoman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, I was very disturbed to hear of last Wednesday's shooting incident in the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office. My colleagues and I will be taking a close look at the 2007 law that allowed certain sex offenders, such as Ken-Tweal Catts, to be released from civil confinement. Recent criticism following last week's attack has focused on the provision of the 2007 civil confinement law that allowed juries the ability to grant freedom to sex offenders.

June 3, 2009
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NYS Conference of Black Senators Unveiled their Signature Agenda

Today, the NYS Conference of Black Senators announced their support for the Signature Agenda of Legislative Issues that they wish to see passed before the end of this session. The members stressed the need for them to be brought to the floor quickly:

-Article 15-A : Senate Bill 1799, Sponsored by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson

-Better School Act (School Governance): Senate Bill 5576, sponsored by Senator Kevin Parker

-Foreclosure: Senate Bill 4109A, sponsored by Senator Jeff Klein

June 2, 2009
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NYS Conference of Black Senators Unveil their Signature Agenda

The NYS Conference of Black Senators will be unveiling their Signature Agenda Issues that they would like to see passed before the end of this legislative session. They will discuss the following bills: Article 15-A, Better Schools Act, Foreclosure, The Repeal of Vacancy Decontrol, Healthy Teens Act, Child Sexual Abuse Reform Act, Property Tax Relief, NYS Fair Pay Act, Reproductive Health Act, Paid Family Leave Act, and Green Collar Jobs.

Where: The Red Room, Cap 328

June 2, 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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SENATE PASSES BILL PROTECTING NURSES

(Albany, NY) - On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, the New York State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 4018, introduced by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chairwoman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. This legislation would add registered nurses and licensed practical nurses when defining assault on emergency medical professionals. It would also provide for a Class C felony charge for those who cause physical injury to nurses who are performing their duties.

May 27, 2009
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NYS Conference of Black Senators 2009 Profile Directory

Click the PDF link  to view the full  2009 CBS Profile Directory.

File: 
NYS Conference of Black Senators 2009 Profile Directory2.pdf

May 27, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson urges Colleagues and Staff to Combat Hunger in the Capital District

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson invites colleagues and staff to combat hunger in the Capital Region by donating non-perishable goods to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.  

May 19, 2009
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SENATE PASSES BILL PROTECTING CHILD VICTIMS

(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.

May 19, 2009
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Capital Region Food Drive

To benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

Tuesday, May 19, 20099:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.Concourse Entrance of the Legislative Office BuildingAdditional drop off location- Room 612 LOB, through Friday, May 29, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.

May 19, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senate Passes Bill to Extend The Bronx Zoo's One Free Day Admission Policy

(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.

May 6, 2009
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HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR TOWN HALL MEETING ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE

Some two hundred people filled an auditorium at the College of New Rochelle to hear details on federal economic recovery spending dedicated to New York State.

May 6, 2009
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Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council Attends Historic Signing of Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

Ceremony was attended by Governor Paterson, Russell Simmons, NY State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver, Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, Congressman Charles Rangel, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, Senator Eric Schneiderman, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Senator Hiram Monserrat, Councilman Tom White and a host of others.

 

May 6, 2009
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April 29, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson on Women's History Month

Standups 03/11/09: Senator Hassell-Thompson on Women's History Month

April 28, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Attends Historic Signing of Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

Randy Fisher, Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council; Senator Eric Schneiderman; Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson; and Charles Fisher, President of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council of Queens and Harlem.

April 24, 2009
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