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Nodesia Renee Hernandez
Nodesia Renee Hernandez of Liverpool, New York. Mother of Andrew T. Bradshaw, Nyrayia R. Drake and Raynia M. Drake. Hernandez is currently the CEO of the Minority Paralegal Association, promoting a better environment for at-risk communities through the empowerment of youth. She is an Executive Board Member of NYCLU, seats on the Executive Board of the OCBA Paralegal Committee, she is a member of the Clay Democratic Committee and hold the seat as the secretary of the National Action Network. She is also the Director of Community Outreach for NY State Senator Rachel May. Prior to that, Nodesia was a field organizer for Dana Balter’s Congressional Campaign. While pursuing her legal studies degree, she interned with the Onondaga County Bar Association. For 17 years before entering into the political world she wore many hats within the Syracuse City School District. She won the 2008 Liberty Bell Award, which is given to non-attorneys who have strengthened freedom and justice in America through their extraordinary contributions to the community. Nodesia was one of they key components that help encourage civic engagement and registered many new voters, which help lead to voting records for this past elections. She is a community organizer who ensures that every voice is heard. She also was one of the amazing advocates that gave women a space to express the need for change through a Women’s March. She currently has started a nonprofit, which mentors middle school at risk males students into civic engagement while exposing them to careers within the justice system. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Legal Studies from Syracuse University, and has a New York State Paralegal Certificate. She has also studied in the Master’s program at the School of Education at SU. She attended Liverpool High School, and her family has lived in Clay for the last 25 years. It is her goal to make policies that represent all human beings, while ensuring a smooth running county through the voices of her constituents as the Onondaga County Legislator for the 2nd District. “It’s time for more Democrats to dine at the Onondaga County table and stop being placed on chopping boards”!