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New York State Model Senate Session Project Participants 2013

New York State Model Senate Session Project 2013
Participants from Hostos Community College 2013
Issue for Debate: Raising the Minimum Wage

The purpose of this bill MS 17 is to allow for the minimum wage in New York State to be raised from $7.25 per hour to $8.00 dollars per hour next year, to $8.75 in 2015 and $9 by the start of 2016.

The Terrific Three participate in a debate on the hot topic of Raising the Minimum Wage in New York City and New York State Politics.

Adelyn Castro Adelyn Castro (D) represented New York State Senate District 38 and Senator David Carlucci, Independent Democratic Conference Whip. Adelyn argued for raising the minimum wage in New York State because it would particular benefit her constituents, which include large numbers of women, single women with children, families and other groups challenged by the socio-economic landscape. She implored her Republican counterparts to value and understand that raising the minimum wage would be the greatest asset to families and women in need. Adelyn began her career in the Hostos Student Leadership Academy as a member of the Hostos Emerging Leaders Program, which she was still working full time in a local school. Adelyn is passionate about making a difference in the world and as  a member of the Hostos Student Ambassadors and the Ernest Malave CUNY Student Investment Advocates she is devoting her time and efforts to working on projects to improve the society that we all live in and developing and implementing strategies to honor the hardworking individuals who live, work and make up the New York world we all live in. Adelyn is also the winner of the Gran Parada Dominicana de el Bronx Scholarship and The Barnes and Noble 7th Anniversary Golf Outing Scholarship.

Ifeanyi Obinali Ifeanyi Obinali (aka, Teddy) (D, WF) represented New York State Senate District 14 and Senator Malcolm A. Smith, Chair of the Independent Democratic Conference. Teddy made a case that hard working minorities and women living in Queens and earning a living in retail industries were the most likely to benefit from raising the minimum wage in New York State and he made it clear that it was a necessity to do so, in order to help to improve the lives of the most essential groups in New York City and State. Teddy also debated with his Republican colleagues on their view that raising the minimum wage would actually mean the loss of jobs. Teddy is currently a member of the Hostos Student Leadership Academy’s Emerging Leaders Program, where he has worked diligently to identify the needs of students from international communities on the college campus and within the community. Teddy is originally from Nigeria and he has taken a role within the community of Nigerian immigrants in the United States to provide them with leadership and advocacy training. He was a part of The Nigerian Leadership Summit, an annual event designed in 2010 to connect Nigerian Professionals, Academicians, and Entrepreneurs from all across the Diaspora.

Radhames Toribio Radhames Toribio (D, WF)  represented New York State Senate District 13 and Senator Jose Peralta, Democratic Whip. Radhames made an argument that raising the minimum wage in New York State would benefit those who were both in pursuit of educational goals as well as those who had dreams of pursing an education. He debated with his Republican adversaries that a raise in the minimum wage would not inspire young people to leave their educational pursuits behind them in efforts to earn money. Radhamas instead argued that because the minimum wage was so low, it was causing members of families to drop out of school to help to raise the income level of their families and he stated that he believed that 11 percent of the population would stay in school if they were earning more money and 30 percent of the population in his district without a high school diploma might go back to school or earn a GED. Radhames is a member of the Student Orientation Services Team at Hostos Community College and his debating skills have been as asset to him in a number of arenas. He was part of the Annual Leadership Academy debate in the Spring of 2013, where he was one of 12 students who debated the themes of “The Myth of Sisyphus” by Albert Camus. Radhames is the winner of the Gran Parada Dominicana de el Bronx Scholarship. He will be studying at The City College of New York in the fall of 2013 and plans to pursue a career in International relations and Politics.

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.

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