State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the Senate Minority today released a package of budget and debt reform bills meant to open up Albany’s secretive state budget process and end slight-of-hand budget practices that have nearly doubled state debt over the past decade.
"I am urging my colleagues in both the Senate and Assembly to embrace these common sense reform measures to save the next generation of New Yorkers–our children and grandchildren–from being saddled with this dangerously out of control state debt," said Senator Hassell-Thompson.
Saying that "the importance of informed food choices and sound eating habits cannot be overemphasized as part of a planned regimen for staying healthy," State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today reminded her constituents that March is National Nutrition Month, and is an ideal time to evaluate their nutritional intake and habits.
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced that February is American Heart Month. She noted that heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans, and that an estimated 1.2 million people will experience either their first or a recurrent heart attack this year.
"How fitting it is that during the month that contains the ‘Holiday of the Heart’ - Valentine’s Day - we are reminded of the importance of a healthy heart," Senator Hassell-Thompson remarked.
Earlier this year, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) demanded that the State take action to keep prescription drugs affordable for low-income seniors during the transfer to the Medicare Part D program.
Today, Senator Hassell-Thompson announced the passage of a bill to achieve this by providing emergency drug coverage to seniors enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare until problems with the new program are resolved.
With February as Black History Month, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) says it’s an opportunity to recognize the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans throughout our history. "Not only is this a chance to recognize some of the great contributions of African Americans, but it is also a chance to celebrate the diverse history of our country," Senator Hassell-Thompson said.
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced a new charitable program that will help to save the lives of hundreds of abandoned pets. The program sponsored through the pet store chain, PetSmart, will cost nothing–just a donation of used ink cartridges. Each cartridge sent or brought in will provide $2.00 to PetSmart Charities and go a long way in saving abandoned animals. "This is a very unique and innovative program. We all use printers, whether it be at work or home, and we are left with seemingly useless empty ink cartridges.
Following the Governor’s annual State of the State Address, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) called on the Legislature to pass sweeping reform measures meant to improve our public schools, strengthen Medicaid, lower taxes, create jobs and allow state government to better serve New Yorkers.
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced that low-income New Yorkers are just a few keystrokes away from getting the help they need to work through legal issues they might encounter.
State Senator Ruth Hassell Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today offered some tips to help drivers make it through the winter season accident and incident free. With hazardous road conditions and frigid weather to battle it is important that drivers have the necessary equipment to see them through to safety.
Today’s special session of the State Senate will cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, yet none of the important issues facing the state will be addressed. Instead, Senators have returned to Albany only to confirm political appointments – confirmations which easily could have waited until the regular legislative session resumes in January.