- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed state Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson as special adviser for policy and community affairs at the state agency responsible for building and preserving affordable housing and enforcing rent regulation laws.

Hassell-Thompson, a Democrat, will leave the Senate and begin work at the Division of Homes and Community Renewal starting in July.

She was first elected in 2000 to represent parts of the Bronx and Westchester County.

Hassell-Thompson is a former nurse who was president of the Mount Vernon City Council and founding chief executive of “The Gathering,” a volunteer-staffed women’s center in Mount Vernon.

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