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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With the Honorable Ruth Hassell-Thompson

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Politician State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson was born on November 6, 1942 in New York City. She attended Bronx Community College in The Bronx and Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Beginning in 1963, Hassell-Thompson served as a pediatric nurse and substance abuse counselor for Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital for thirty-six years. She worked for Westchester Community Opportunity Program between 1971 and 1980, before serving as the Westchester Minority Contractors Association's executive director until 1987. In 1993, Hassell-Thompson joined the Mount Vernon City Council where she served as Council president and acting Mayor. Then, in 2000, Hassell-Thompson was elected as a Democratic representative for District 36 of the New York State Senate. Serving eight terms, Hassell-Thompson was instrumental in the passing of New York's Marriage Equality legislation. Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Hassell-Thompson Special Advisor for Policy and Community Affairs of New York State Homes and Community Renewal in 2016.
Performers
Harriette Cole, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
321 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with The Honorable Ruth Hassell-Thompson
The Honorable Ruth Hassell-Thompson
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded New York, New York 2016 November 7.
Recorded New York, New York 2016 December 1.
Description
1 online resource (11 video files (5 hr., 20 min., 47 sec.)) : sound, color
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