Senator Hassell-Thompson Lauds Governor's Budget

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today had strong words of praise for Governor Eliot Spitzer’s state budget for Fiscal Year 2007-08, singling out the chief executive’s intentions to provide targeted tax relief and tax fairness for millions of New Yorkers saddled with an unfair tax burden.

March 11, 2007

Senator Hassell-Thompson: Educational Reform Offers Real Hope For New York Families

Calling 2007 "a landmark year for education in New York," State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today applauded Governor Eliot Spitzer's bold vision for transforming a statewide public education system that has too often failed to deliver success in the classroom.

February 26, 2007

Senator Hassell-Thompson Urges Women To Protect Themselves Against Cervical Cancer Through Regular Screening

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today encouraged every adult woman to take advantage of Pap smear screening, which tests for cancer of the cervix, the lower, narrow end of the uterus or womb. January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month.

"Most of us never realize how much we take our good health for granted until something goes wrong," Senator Hassell-Thompson said. "What could be simpler than taking the first step of scheduling a Pap smear, and being proactive in our approach to our own health. It may be the most important decision we ever make."

January 30, 2007

Senator Hassell-Thompson Commits To Sweeping Government Reforms, Middle-Class Tax Cuts And Fiscal Restraint Outlined In Governor Spitzer's State Of The State Address

Picking up on the themes Governor Spitzer laid out in his first State of the State Address, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) called on the Legislature to immediately pass sweeping reforms to make our state government more transparent, cut property and business taxes to help attract new businesses and create jobs, invest in our public schools to broaden opportunity for all and reform our health care system to better serve all New Yorkers.

January 16, 2007

Senator Hassell-Thompson Notes Dental Answers Are Just A Phone Call Away

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) encouraged New Yorkers with questions about oral health to take advantage of a toll-free hotline manned by multi-lingual dentists on Tues. October 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

"Many people have questions about oral or dental health," said Senator Hassell-Thompson. "If you ever wanted to ask a dentist about whitening your teeth, or wondered why your gums are bleeding, this is an ideal opportunity to get answers."

October 10, 2006

Senator Hassell-Thompson Applauds Health Insurance Parity For Autism

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today praised a new law extending health insurance coverage to children diagnosed with autism, a neurobiological condition. Under existing law, many health insurance plans that routinely cover similar neurobiological disorders do not cover autism treatment.

September 10, 2006

Senator Hassell-Thompson Urges Collaboration To Pass Mental Health Housing Waiting List Law

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today criticized the Governor’s veto of a waiting list for adults with mental illnesses seeking community housing and supportive services. The waiting list legislation, supported by a broad coalition of mental health providers, advocates, and concerned citizens, called for the creation of a monthly list to identify the number of people with serious mental illnesses waiting for supportive housing.

August 22, 2006

Senator Hassell-Thompson Announces Plan To Extend Health Insurance To Uninsured Kids

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) recently unveiled proposals to provide affordable health insurance to New York’s 500,000 uninsured children, lower the costs of prescription drugs for those without health insurance, and combat rising asthma rates in low-income neighborhoods.

"Treatable and preventable childhood illnesses often go undiagnosed in low-income, uninsured families," said Senator Hassell-Thompson. "If we don’t help our kids to get medical care now, chances are we will be paying more later on for emergency room visits and hospital care."

June 28, 2006

Senator Hassell-Thompson Says More Needs To Be Done To Implement Help America Vote Act (HAVA) In New York

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today called on the State Board of Elections and the U.S. Department of Justice to work together in implementing the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) law in New York State as quickly as possible. The issue of full and timely implementation of HAVA is currently in front of a federal judge overseeing a lawsuit filed by the Department.

June 14, 2006

Senator Hassell-Thompson Announces Launch Of Children's Summer Reading Program

Saying that "reading is one of the most important, rewarding and enjoyable learning experiences for children," State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced that she is launching a children’s summer reading program to encourage youngsters to keep learning while school is out.

May 25, 2006

Senator Hassell-Thompson Praises Legislature For Override Of Tax Credit Vetoes

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today praised the Legislature for voting to override Governor Pataki’s veto of $1 billion in tax credits for New York’s working families. Unfortunately, the Governor has threatened to withhold the funds until constitutional issues are resolved.

The override restores funds for the newly created Empire State Child Credit, and the School Tax Relief (STAR) Plus Rebate program. Both programs are part of a tax reduction package supported by the SenateMinority Conferenceto provide tax relief for New York’s working families.

May 1, 2006

Senator Hassell-Thompson Applauds State Sales Tax Exemption On Clothing And Footwear

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) reported that New Yorkers will no longer have to pay the State sales tax on purchases of clothing and footwear $110 or less, as of April 1 of this year. On that date, New York joined Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont in exempting clothing from the sales tax base.

April 16, 2006

Senator Hassell-Thompson: Give Blood Now To Boost Low Blood Supply

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester ) today issued an urgent call to Bronx and Westchester residents to give blood and help relieve the community’s blood shortage.

April 11, 2006

Senator Hassell-Thompson Calls For New Reform Measures To Open Budget Process And Control State Debt

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.

March 20, 2006