Media Advisory: CUNY “Model Senators” Will Debate Campaign Financing Bill In NYS Senate Chamber To Kick off CUNY’s 18th Annual Model Senate Program at the Somos El Futuro Conference in Albany

The City University of New York, in partnership with the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, will host a mock debate between CUNY students on the issue of campaign financing on the floor of the New York State Senate chamber on Saturday, March 22nd, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., to kick-off the CUNY Model Senate Program during this weekend’s Somos El Futuro Conference, when some of the state’s most influential Latino lawmakers will gather in Albany.  Hunter College alumnus and Hispanic Federation President Jose Calderon will also receive the CUNY Educational Leadership Award at the kick-off luncheon.

The Model Senate Program, now in its 18th year, has provided training for nearly 1,000 Latino students to launch political careers; provided participating students with more than $250,000 in scholarships.  Since 2010, nearly 40 students have also been placed in the district offices of Task Force Executive Committee members and had the opportunity to work on various assignments; community outreach, constituent case intake, and field research.

Notable alumni of the CUNY Model Senate Program include State Senator Jose Peralta; Virgilio Aran, President and Co-Founder of the NYC Laundry Workers Center; Valerie Vazquez, Spokeswoman for the NYC Board of Elections; Jorge Fanjul, Democratic District Leader for the 34th Assembly District and Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations at Queensborough Community College, among many others.

EVENT:    CUNY Students Debate Campaign Financing;
To Launch 18th Annual CUNY Model Senate Program at the
Somos El Futuro Conference

TIME:      Saturday, March 22, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

PLACE:    New York State Senate Chamber
Albany, New York