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Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson to Join Cuomo’s Administration

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Hassell-thompsonGov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the appointment of Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, D-Mount Vernon, as special advisor for policy and community affairs of New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

Hassell-Thompson currently serves as senator for New York’s 36th Senate District, representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester County. She will begin her new role in July.

“As a nurse, an advocate and a member of the New York State Legislature, Senator Hassell-Thompson has spent her entire career fighting to improve lives and build communities,” Gov. Cuomo stated. “I am proud to have her continue this work as a member of my administration, and look forward to working with her to build a stronger, fairer, and more prosperous New York for all.”

Hassell-Thompson has served in the senate since 2000.

She is also a former city council president, and acting mayor of Mount Vernon, having been first elected to the city council in 1993.

Hassell-Thompson is also a retired nurse from Mount Vernon Hospital, and the former executive director of the Westchester Minority Contractors Association.

“I am thrilled to be joining Gov. Cuomo’s administration within New York State Homes and Community Renewal,” Sen. Hassell-Thompson stated. “Under Gov. Cuomo, HCR has a tremendous impact on advancing housing policy state-wide, including the governor’s efforts in developing and protecting affordable housing, and protecting vulnerable communities. I am excited to lend my expertise to those efforts.”

Prior to holding an elected office, she was president/CEO of Whart Development Company, Inc., a real estate development company that also provided consultant services to small and developing businesses.

Hassell-Thompson is the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees; Mercy College, Doctor of Humane Letters; and Eastern Theological Consortium, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Christ Theological Seminary, Doctor of Humanities. She is an alumna of Bronx Community College.

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