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New York State Model Senate Session Project Participants/Videos 2008

45The Model New York State Senate Session Project
Participants from Hostos Community College 2008
Issue for Debate: Congestion Pricing in New York City

Hostos breaks a record and sends ten brilliant women to the 2008 New York State Model Senate!

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Kerri-Ann Mchayle (D) represented District 14 and served as the Minority Leader for the Democratic Party and sat in the seat of New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith. Kerri-Ann in her role as Minority Leader had to work to pull together thirty students/model senators to support the cause and was credited with doing an excellent job. Kerri-Ann has been an outstanding Hostos Student Ambassador for two years and has represented the school at not only the SOMOS El Futuro Conference, but also at the Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Conference in Albany. Kerri-Ann is currently enrolled in the Nursing Program at Hostos and was elected to serve as the Student Government Association Vice President for Student Affairs for the 2009-2010 academic year.

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Andreina Martinez-Hiraldo Andreina Martinez-Hiraldo (R) represented District 9 and served as the Assistant Majority Leader for the Republican Party and sat in the seat of New York State Senator Dean G. Skelos. As the Assistant Majority Leader it was anticipated that Andreina would vote with the other members of her party in opposition to the Congestion Pricing Plan, but following her own heart and “green ideology” Andreina voted for the Congestion Pricing Plan with hopes that it could help protect the environment in and around New York City. (This was Andreina’s second appearance at the Model Senate. She also was a participant in 2007.) Andreina is a vocalist, a painter and a writer and has appeared at numerous venues as both an artist and an activist. She is currently enrolled and studying at Hunter College.

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Maria Delgado Maria Delgado (D) represented District 34 and served as the Assistant Minority Leader for the Democratic Party and sitting in the seat of Jeffrey D. Klein. Maria passionately engaged in debate over the topic of congestion pricing and worked hard to pull constituents together from both sides of the aisle so that the Democratic Party could win the debate. Maria has continued to use her voice to affect change in society by giving testimony at City Hall and before the Bronx Borough Board. She also served as one of only two student representatives on the Hostos Community College Search Committee. Maria is currently in the Nursing Program at Hostos and is a Hostos Student Ambassador and has been elected to serve as a Student Government Association Senator for the 2009-2010 academic year.

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Liliete Lopez Liliete Lopez (R) represented District 24 and sat in the seat of New York State Senator Andrew J. Lanza. Liliete, who was born with a visual impairment in Nicaragua, has overcome numerous obstacles in pursuit of her education. Amongst other things, she did not speak any English until she began attending school in the United States. Liliete is a fearless individual who often challenges herself to do everything she can to improve the world for others. On the floor of the Senate Liliete and Sandra May Flowers engaged in the only tangible debate of the day and the tension in the room was palpable, even though the two are best of friends at Hostos. Liliete has served as both President and Vice President of the Ability Awareness Club and has represented CUNY as a member of the CCSD (CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities). She has been an outstanding Student Ambassador for Hostos Community College and she has also been elected to represent the student body as a Student Government Association Senator for the 2009-2010 academic year.   (Liliete won a five hundred dollar award for the essay that she wrote about her position in the debate.)

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Yissely Ortiz Yissely Ortiz (D) represented District 27 where she sat in the seat of New York State Senator Carl Kruger. In her first foray into the public eye, Yissely began to love the intricacies of public speaking and politics and after all was said and done she changed her choice of study from dental hygiene to political science. In addition, Yissely has utilized some of the training that she received both as a Hostos Student Ambassador and as a participant in the New York State Model Senate Session to explore her desire to be on stage. In the 2008-2009 academic year, Yissely actually appeared in two theatrical productions at the college and was a participant at the American College Theater Festival Region Two competition in Philadelphia. Yissely is a graduate of Hostos and will be studying at Hunter College in the fall of 2009.

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Sandra May Flowers Sandra May Flowers (D) represented District 36 and sat in the seat of New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who she later worked for as an intern. Sandra May wowed the entire group with her impassioned plea to common sense, (even throwing money on her desk to accentuate her point.) Sandra has also worked as an intern for Congressman Charles Rangel and has been a featured presenter and participant at the NAACP Conferences in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2008 and New York in 2009. Sandra May continues to study at Hostos, and is both a Hostos Student Ambassador and the President of the Ability Awareness club for 2009-2010. (Sandra won a five hundred dollar award for an essay that she wrote about her position in the debate.)

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Elizabeth Soriano Elizabeth Soriano (D) represented District 20 sitting in the seat of New York State Senator Eric Adams. Elizabeth who was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to the United States in 2004 had limited exposure to the English language prior to arriving at Hostos, but has worked diligently to become a Phi Theta Kappa Member Honors Society Member, a Hostos Student Ambassador and a participant in the Hostos Summer Honors Institute. Elizabeth is also Hostos’ first representative as a CUNY Leadership Academy Fellow, a program of which she is a 2009 graduate. She is currently studying Psychology at The City College of New York. (Elizabeth won a five hundred dollar award for an essay that she wrote about her position in the debate.)

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Mayi Custodio Mayi Custodio (D) represented District 30 and sat in the seat of New York State Senator Bill Perkins. Mayi is an exchange student from the Dominican Republic and as such had very little experience with American politics prior to her participation in the 2008 Model Senate Session Project, but nevertheless she worked diligently with her fellow senators and Academy members to carve out her point of view, while recognizing that she was representing a community as well. Mayi was a member of the Hostos Student Leadership Academy’s Ambassador Program and she is a regular participant at community service outreach activities, even though she has transferred. She has continued to pursue her dreams of being a psychologist and is currently studying at Lehman College.

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Marie-Jo Arthis Marie-Jo Arthis (D) represented District 29 and sat in the seat of New York State Senator Thomas Duane. Marie-Jo was born in Haiti and while growing up she saw a great deal of political upheaval in her country, so coming to the United States and getting to stand in the New York State Senate was a great privilege for her. Marie-Jo is often considered the silent steady member of the Hostos Student Leadership Academy as an Ambassador and it’s her sage advice and support that more often than not helps to insure that a debate remains a debate and does not escalate into an argument. She is a graduate of the LPN Program at Hostos and is currently enrolled in the RN Program.

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Kimberly Morales Kimberly Morales (D) represented District 28 and sat in the chair of New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano. Kimberly was a Hostos Student Ambassador and graduated in June of 2009. She is also a new mom.

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Nathaniel Cruz Nathaniel Cruz, Interim Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management
At the 2008 New York State Model Senate Session Project, then Dean of Students, Nathaniel Cruz was invited to and gave a rousing invocation from the podium in the State Senate Chamber, speaking to the heart, soul and character of the assembled class of Model Senators.

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Model Senate logoThe Model New York State Senate Session Project is an annual leadership development program, run by the ETR Internship Program in collaboration with the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force of the New York State Legislature and the State University of New York. Each year, more then 60 CUNY and SUNY students are brought together for a series of intensive training seminars on stare policy formulation, legislative processes, representation and leadership. CUNY students are selected for participation from their home campuses through the offices of their respective college presidents, provosts and student affairs officers. The ETR Internship Program coordinates the selection process for CUNY. The seminars include visits from prominent NYS legislators and guest lecturers. The program culminates with students debating bills on the floor of the New York State Senate chamber in Albany. Participating students are also given the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards. Through participation in the process of legislative decision-making, students further their organizational, research and public speaking skills by means of a model legislative seminar. By working on a legislative agenda that they develop, the students play an integral role in their pursuit of a public service education. Moreover, they are introduced to a “hands-on” approach to involvement in the political and policy processes that affect them, their families and their communities.

For More Information on the New York State Model Senate Session Project, or to fill out an application, please visit: http://www.etrinternship.org/html/modelsen.htm

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