New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chairwoman of theStanding 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
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.
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.
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
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.