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.
(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 The agreement eliminates the ineffective and outdated sentencing law and focuses on treatment rather than punishment to end the deadly cycle of drug addiction.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."