Ruth Hassell-Thompson

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Ruth Hassell-Thompson
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 36th district
In office
January 1, 2001 – June 30, 2016
Preceded by Larry Seabrook
Succeeded by Jamaal Bailey
Personal details
Born 1942
New York City, New York
Children 2
Residence Mt. Vernon, New York
Occupation Nurse/Counselor

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.[1]

Political career and background[edit]

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.

Hassell-Thompson announced on April 22, 2016 that she would be leaving the Senate to work for Governor Andrew Cuomo.[2]

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Larry Seabrook
New York State Senate, 33rd District
Succeeded by
Efrain Gonzalez
Preceded by
Suzi Oppenheimer
New York State Senate, 36th District
Succeeded by
Jamaal Bailey
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Nozzolio
Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims Crime and Corrections
Succeeded by
Michael Nozzolio