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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.

Ruben Suazo Ruben Suazo (R, C, IP) represented District 42 and sat in the seat of New York State Senator John J. Bonacic. Ruben made a case against gerrymandering in New York State politics and debated that time needed to be taken to consider all of the issues facing the state when redistricting. He argued that it is better politics to consider all of the angles and to work against hasty decision making, in order to amend the constitution, so that a more concrete set of decisions could be made and that the sensationalistic nature of the issue could be avoided. Ruben also made a clear cut case that the plan by the Democratic side was unconstitutional, because it violated the tenets of the outline for how districts were drawn. He made a case that it was necessary to have a Constitutional Amendment put in place in order for there to be equality in New York State. Ruben was a participant in the National Model United Nations team in spring 2011 as a member of a team that represented Burkina Faso. Ruben has a desire to study International Relations and Politics.

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Model Senate 2011

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