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New York State Model Senate Session Project Participants/Videos 2012

The Fantastic Four participate in a debate on the hot topic of Hydrofracking (Hydraulic fracturing) in New York City and New York State Politics.

Manuel Mercedes Manuel Mercedes (D, WF) represented District 28 and sat in the seat of New York State Senator Liz Krueger and he made a cogent argument for the approval of Senate Bill 6261-2011, because he believed that the damage caused by excessive drilling would cause communities to incur substantial waste and not have anywhere to dispose of it. He also made the case that at the current time, the residents of New York State and his constituency in particular are not aware of all of the dangers that might be caused by the ongoing Hydraulic fracturing in areas of the state that might be negatively influenced by the act. Manuel is an ASAP student, who participated in developing a program for their leadership team and he initially joined the Hostos Student Leadership Emerging Leaders Program and was soon promoted to be a member of the Academy’s Student Ambassador Program, where he excelled in his efforts working in the community. Manuel was part of a group of students that attended the Millennium Campus Conference at Harvard University in 2011. Manuel was chosen to receive the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Leadership Award for the 2011-2012 school year and was an Ernesto Malave CUNY Leadership CLASS Fellow for 2011-2012. He currently works for Citizenship Now.

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Model Senate 2012

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