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New York State Model Senate Session Project Participants/Videos 2011

The Stellar Six participate in a debate on the important issue of redistricting New York State.

David Mendez David Mendez (R) represented District 44, sitting in the seat of New York State Senator Hugh T. Farley and argued that it is in the best interest of the politicians and all of the citizens of  New York to permanently amend the Constitution. He expressed a desire to reach out to the vast minority groups within the state and keep their interests in mind when they vote, because so many people would be displaced from their natural communities, due to the redistricting process. He heeded those who favored a “rush job” and made it clear that “haste makes waste” in state politics. David is a veteran, who served in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf Era. He currently serves as an executive of the Veterans Club and he has aspirations of moving into the political arena in his future. David is also serving in a summer internship (as part of the Somos Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force Summer Internship Program) at the office of Assemblyman Jose Rivera. David won a five hundred dollar scholarship for an essay that he wrote regarding his position in the Model Senate.

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Model Senate 2011

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