Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who served the Senatorial District 36 which includes parts of the Northeast Bronx and Mount Vernon will be leaving office in July and join the Cuomo Administration. She will serve as a Special Advisor for Policy and Community Affairs of New York State Homes and Community Renewal, leaving behind a rich legacy as a legislator.
Her work continued. In 2016, she co-sponsored legislation which requires the State of New York to ensure that the complete costs for public defenders are paid by the State of New York. This bi-partisan bill passed both houses and was sent to the Governor fortis signature or veto. Legal experts stated that her work advanced the principles of Gideon v. Wainwright, a United States Supreme Court decision which established an individual’s right to counsel in criminal cases.
As Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson moves on to the next phase in her political career, Black Westchester Salutes the Senator for all she has done for the Northeast Bronx and the City of Mount Vernon.
More About Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson: First elected to the New York State Senate in 2000, Ms. Ruth Hassell-Thompson brought years of public service and community involvement to her post as the Senator of the 36th Senatorial District. She represented parts of the Bronx and Westchester Counties. In 1993, Ms. Hassell-Thompson was elected to the Mount Vernon City Council, serving as Council President and Acting Mayor. In this position, she was Vice chairperson of the Urban Renewal Board; a voting member of the Board of Estimate; Vice chairperson of the Real Estate Board and Chairperson of the Capital Projects Board. Among her other committee responsibilities was oversight of all Council committees, which included Legislation and Public Works; Human Resources; Finance and Planning; Public Safety and Codes. Ms. Hassell-Thompson continues to balance her public responsibilities with other important community and business-related endeavors in the district. A retired nurse/counselor for Mount Vernon Hospital (1963-1998) specializing in pediatrics and helping women with substance abuse issues, she is the Founding-President/CEO of “The Gathering,” a volunteer-staffed women’s center in Mt. Vernon that provides counseling and support services.