If it seemed like former State Senator's Ruth Hassel=Thompson's old state senate office, that is because it is. On hand was an almost who's who of Bronx Politics from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to City Councilman Andy King. Even former State Senator Hassel-Thompson was all smiles telling me that she not only enjoys her new job with the governor's office, but that she loves it. The former senator had no regrets about leaving the state senate also saying "sometimes you have to know when it is time to let others take over".
Having been in the South Bronx with State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. and Assemblyman Sepulveda, I missed the beginning, but I was able to see State Senator Keith Parker, Councilman Ritchie Torres, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, and former State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson. Below are some photos I was able to get of the event.
Above - This is what you saw, a block long celebration in front of State Senator Jamaal Bailey's office.
Below _ State Senator Keith Parker talks about the state senate and what Senator BAiley will face. Former State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson os also in the photo.
Above - Councilman Ritchie Torres who is the youngest member of the city council, is glad to be on hand to help the youngest state senator officially open his district office.
Below - State Senator Bailey is with Ms. Sandra Pabon who received a citation from the senator for her community involvement.