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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. Sincerely,

December 14, 2012
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SENATOR HASSELL-THOMPSON URGES GOVERNOR TO SIGN BILL EXTENDING STAY AT DV SHELTERS

            A bill  passed by the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly would extend the length of stay for families seeking refuge in a domestic violence shelter to 180 days, an increase of 45 days over the current law.

June 18, 2012
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TIME FOR REPUBLICANS TO CLEAN THEIR EARS

Dean Skelos, the Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, tried to be funny when he quipped that proposed legislation targeted to partially respond to illegal stop and frisks would allow people to “walk around with 10 joints in each ear.” However, it was one of those proffered jokes where nobody in the room laughed but Dean Skelos. It is most obvious that the Republican Leadership is not listening to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have been victims of illegal stop and frisks.  In 2011, the NYPD stopped 684,000 individuals. 87% of the people stopped were people of color and nine of every ten were released without any further legal action taken against them.

June 13, 2012
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June 12, 2012
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Senate Democratic Conference Holds Public Forum on Domestic Violence

Conference Calls on Republican Majority to Bring Domestic Violence

Legislative Package to a Vote Immediately

May 30, 2012
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Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 36

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 36th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Shaiba Hossain

Grade: 5

April 25, 2012
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and officials from the New York State Department of Financial Services Foreclosure Prevention Relief Unit to host Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Day on April 27, 2012

WHO:        Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Officials from the New York State Department of Financial Services Foreclosure Relief Unit 

April 19, 2012
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Women’s History Month – STEM Education Focus

On June 18, 1983 NASA launched the Challenger for a six-day mission. Dr.

March 14, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation Prohibiting Disruption During a Funeral Procession

New law would make it illegal for driver of a motor vehicle to

March 2, 2012
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SENATOR HASSELL-THOMPSON RECOGNIZES DECEMBER AS AIDS AWARENESS MONTH

Although the joyful month of December is upon us and the holiday season is in full swing, it is also a time to remember that this month is AIDS Awareness Month.  As a former nurse and health educator who worked with persons infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson urges all New Yorkers to remember that AIDS is still a major health threat.  

December 5, 2011
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National Foundation for Women Legislators National Women’s History Museum Initiative

In 1827, Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor and noted author launched a campaign to establish a national day of thanks. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent letters to governors, senators, presidents and key officials. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request with a proclamation declaring Thanksgiving a national holiday. 

November 18, 2011
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Calls for the Establishment of the New York Health Benefit Exchange


By establishing the New York Health Benefit Exchange, the state will be in accordance with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and will be eligible to receive $100 million dollars in federal funding

November 2, 2011
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson would like to remind all New Yorker’s that while October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a critical time set aside for raising awareness and promoting advocacy, it is really an issue that must be considered and focused on throughout the year.

October 27, 2011
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NEW YORK STATE SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON TAPPED FOR LEADERSHIP POSITION

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (Senate District 36, D/WF) has been selected to serve in leadership for the nation’s oldest organization addressing the needs of elected women at all levels of government.  

September 19, 2011
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Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Attends United Nation's Security Council Meeting

On August 26, 2011, Senator Hassell-Thompson attended the United Nation's Security Council meeting on peacekeeping which was presided over by Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN.  Please read page 2 of the attached article as reported in The South Asian  Times

September 9, 2011
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Governor Signs Legislation Sponsored by Senator Hassell-Thompson


The new law requires the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to develop educational materials regarding screening for alcoholism and chemical dependency in women to health care providers

August 12, 2011
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