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

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 28, 2008

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 22, 2008

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 19, 2008

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 16, 2008

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 4, 2008


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 18, 2008

Senator Hassell-Thompson Promotes Ways To Save Money On Gas This Summer

Albany—State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today urged New Yorkers to prepare for summer by looking for ways to conserve energy and use less gas. To help constituents understand the many small steps that can lead to big savings, Senator Hassell-Thompson has put together a collection of tips on how every driver can get away with spending less at the pump.

May 18, 2008

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April 8, 2008

Senator Hassell-Thompson with 4th graders from Nellie A. Thorton Elementary School

Senator Hassell-Thompson with 4th graders from Nellie A. Thorton Elementary School during their recent visit to Albany.

March 31, 2008

Senator Hassell-Thompson: March Into Women's History Month

National celebration focuses on notable women who shaped American historyIn recognition that knowledge of women’s history provides a clear vision of what women can do, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today said, "Now is the time to reflect on the accomplishments of women from the past and to celebrate the road they have paved for the women of tomorrow."

March 9, 2008

"College Goal Sunday" Helps Students Plan And Pay For College

Calling it "a first step towards achieving a lifetime of success," State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today lauded a free, one-day program designed to help high school seniors and their families complete and file federal aid applications electronically.

College Goal Sunday, a national initiative hosted locally by the New York State Financial Aid Administrator’s Association (NYSFAAA) and the New York State Higher Education Services Corp. (HESC), has assisted thousands of families with access to higher education opportunities.

January 16, 2008

Senator Hassell-Thompson Vows To Work With Governor To Revitalize And Reform New York's Economy, Education And Health Care

Responding to Governor Spitzer’s second State of the State address, state Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) promised to lead a bipartisan effort to rebuild New York’s economy, invest in our public schools and colleges and continue to reform our health care system.

January 15, 2008

Senator Hassell-Thompson Announces Plan To Revitalize Upstate Economy

The Bronx/Westchester lawmaker noted that the Senate Democratic plan would replace more than a decade of unproductive investments by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), many of which failed to meet specified job creation goals. What’s more ESDC failed to adequately monitor these investments resulting in wasted money throughout the State.

RIGHT-NY recommends the following steps:

December 27, 2007

Senator Hassell-Thompson Advocates For Diabetes Education And Awareness

In recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced an opportunity for people age 65 and older to take advantage of a no-cost diabetes eyecare program. Diabetes affects millions of Americans, yet experts estimate that one in three cases goes undiagnosed.

November 16, 2007

Senator Hassell-Thompson Invites Qualified Applicants To Take NYPD Entrance Exam

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today encouraged qualified Bronx and Westchester County residents to sign up for October’s New York Police Department Entrance Examination. The deadline to apply for the free examination is September 15.

"There are few people in the world, let alone America, who do not know the letters ‘N-Y-P-D,’" said Senator Hassell-Thompson. "Based on its long history of service and heroism, the New York Police Department is widely recognized as the world’s premier crime-fighting force.

June 24, 2007

Senator Hassell-Thompson & “freshmen” Senators

Senator Hassell-Thompson & “freshmen” Senators Diane Savino (Brooklyn/Staten Island) & David Valesky (Syracuse) address Columbus Elementary Students.

March 31, 2007

Senator Hassell-Thompson with Columbus Elementary School Teachers

Senator Hassell-Thompson seen here with Columbus Elementary School Teachers (From left to right) Irene Boykin, Peter Ragalia (Principal) and Mr. “B.”

March 31, 2007