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April 1, 2009
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Announces Three-Way Agreement to Reform Rockefeller Drug Laws

(Albany, NY)- Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson praised Governor David A. Paterson, and members of the Senate and the Assembly for the historic three-way agreement to the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The agreement eliminates the ineffective and outdated sentencing law and focuses on treatment rather than punishment to end the deadly cycle of drug addiction.

April 1, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson in Ghana (07/2007)

The Akwamu Traditional Council in the Eastern Region of Ghana enstooled Senator Hassell-Thompson as their Mpuntuhemaa (Queenmother for Development). Her enstoolment as Mpuntuhemaa was to bring development to the people of Akwamu, taking into high consideration, children's education and the area at large. Ms Hassell-Thompson was given the stool name Nana Addobea. The following are pictures of her visit, the official ceremony and the wonderful people she encountered while in Ghana. (July 2007)

March 31, 2009
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Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson at Grace Baptist Church

State Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, left, and the Revs. Al Sharpton and W. Franklyn Richardson participate during a panel discussion on law enforcement and community relations at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. (Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

March 31, 2009
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Cable Show (6-17-2008)

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Cable Show (6-17-2008)

March 29, 2009
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Session 6/19/2008: Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson votes in favor of Senator Montgomery's Bill, S.8508

Session 6/19/2008: Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson votes in favor of Senator Montgomery's Bill, S.8508

March 29, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Receives 9/11/01 Commemorative Award

Left to right: June Eisland, Former City Councilwoman; Senator Hassell-Thompson; and Lenny Caro, Executive Director of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce

March 29, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson and Cardinal Egan

“I would like to thank Cardinal Egan for his years of service and dedication to the people of New York. He will leave a lasting legacy for the millions of Catholics in our State.”

March 29, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson and staff

Left to right: Jerry Williams, Chief of Staff; Senator Hassell Thompson; Kulifi Williams

March 29, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Holds Public Hearing On Proposal To Delay Implementation of Special Housing Unit Exclusion Bill

New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and her Senate colleagues conducted a public hearing on March 17, 2009 to discuss the Governor’s proposal to delay the implementation of the Special Housing Unit (SHU) Exclusion Bill until 2014.

March 20, 2009
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Reflects On Women’s History Month

With March being Women’s History Month, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) said "It is imperative we recognize the outstanding contributions that women make to our communities all over the world."

Each year Americans set aside this month to celebrate and reflect on the historical significance of women in society.

March 19, 2009
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Calls for the Creation of an Independent Public Defense Commission

We are here to commemorate "Gideon Day".  Although it has been over 45 years since that historic landmark Supreme Court decision, defendants are still not receiving their right guaranteed by the Constitution to an effective defense.  We can no longer ignore the rights of defendants in the criminal justice system, who deserve equal access to quality representation and justice.

March 18, 2009
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State Senator Hassell-Thompson Heralds Education Bill Benefiting New York’s Senior Citizens

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced that the Senate passed a bill which would allow seniors in New York State to take college courses for credit without paying tuition at State-operated campuses.

"In 1974, seniors in New York were given the opportunity to audit courses at the State University without tuition or credit. This bill would expand on that law by enabling seniors, aged 60 and over to attend courses without tuition while also receiving credit for their courses," the Bronx/Westchester lawmaker said.

March 1, 2009
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Forum Cites Lack Of Diversity In Police Forces

MOUNT VERNON - A community forum yesterday generated calls for a "crisis intervention" in response to local police forces' lack of diversity and recent incidents of excessive force.

About 200 people attended the Detective Christopher A. Ridley Law Enforcement Community Relations Forum yesterday at Grace Baptist Church. The event was named after Ridley, a Mount Vernon police officer mistakenly shot to death in White Plains by four Westchester county police officers during Ridley's intervention in a Jan. 25 street fight.

June 29, 2008
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New Task Force Will Address Domestic Violence

Senate Democrats introduced a new task force last week aimed at combating incest and domestic violence by making their eradication a state priority.

"Domestic violence should never be in the shadows," said Senate Minority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, D, WF-St. Albans. " of domestic abuse can carry their physical and emotional scars for a lifetime," said Smith, " all must look to bolster and improve support  for victims, as well as, to strengthen measures to combat continued acts of domestic violence."

June 23, 2008
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Urges New Yorkers To “Take Control” On National HIV Testing Day

Bronx/Westchester—Encouraging New Yorkers to "take control of their lives," State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Mt. Vernon) today urged constituents, in recognition of the June 27th observance of National HIV Testing Day, to make an appointment to get tested.

The lawmaker noted that getting tested on a regular basis is the only way for people to "protect themselves, their partners, and their futures."

June 20, 2008
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Senate Democrats Form New Task Force To Help Eradicate Domestic Violence In New York Homes

(Albany, NY)  Senate Democrats are calling for tougher laws on domestic abusers and holistic family support systems for victims in New York as the number of  incidents continue to increase in some parts of New York.

June 17, 2008
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Reminds Dad To Get His "Yearly Tune Up"

This Father’s Day, women should start a conversation to help Dad get checked

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today urged New York women to help the men in their lives take better care of themselves, especially by encouraging them to speak with their physicians about prostate cancer. Between the demands of work, caring for loved ones, and the upkeep of homes and cars, many men put off getting an annual checkup, she noted.

June 5, 2008
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Appreciation

Hello Mama Ruth,

I am so impressed for the award which you gave me.  Actually I should have  written to thank you immediately I returned from the USA but I was so much  involved in the campaigning to get the nod from my delegates for the MP  ship which I made mentioned to you.  Unfortunately I lost but I think  there are a lot things I can do to help my District.

I know you have confidence in me as a woman and I have also drawn a lot of  inspirations from you for the short time that we met.

May 19, 2008
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