|Member of the New York State Senate
from the 36th district
January 1, 2001 – June 30, 2016
|Preceded by||Larry Seabrook|
|Succeeded by||Jamaal Bailey|
New York City, New York
|Residence||Mt. Vernon, New York|
Ruth-Hassell Thompson of Mount Vernon, New York is a former State Senator who represented the 36th district of New York, which includes the Bronx neighborhoods of Norwood, Bedford Park, Williamsbridge, Co-op City, Wakefield and Baychester and the Westchester city of Mount Vernon.
Political career and background
Ms. Hassell-Thompson worked as a pediatric nurse and substance abuse counselor for Mount Vernon Hospital from 1963 to 1998. From January 1980 to June 1987, she was executive director of the Westchester Minority Contractor's Association (WMCA). Prior to leading the WMCA, she worked for the Westchester Community Opportunity Program for 10 years in a number of management positions. She then served as president/CEO of Whart Development Company, Inc., a real estate development company and a consultant to small and developing businesses before being elected to Mount Vernon City Council in 1993. She would later serve as council president and acting mayor.
In 2000 she was elected to the State Senate. She is the chairwoman of the Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee and is a former ranking minority member on the Consumer Protection and Judiciary committees.
- New York State Senate, Official Biography of Ruth Hassell-Thompson, retrieved on July 24, 2007.
- "Hassell-Thompson to leave Senate to join Cuomo's office". LoHud. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
|New York State Senate|
|New York State Senate, 33rd District
|New York State Senate, 36th District
|Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims Crime and Corrections