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Interning with a State Senator

State Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-NY) is a familiar name on campus; he worked with Colleges’ President Mark Gearan to establish the Finger Lakes Institute five years ago, has returned for a number of significant HWS moments, represents a district that includes Geneva and is based in nearby Seneca Falls. For Jarrid Blades ’12, Nozzolio’s ties to the Colleges also include providing him with an invaluable experience in politics this summer.

“I wanted to have an internship that would tie my two true passions in life together.  I love politics, and I love law. This internship allows me to work for a politician who cares deeply about his district and the law,” says Blades.

Nozzolio is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing the 54th district. He was first elected in 1992 after serving 10 years in the New York State Assembly. 

Blades’ duties change every day he is on the job. His internship takes him in and out of the office, something he enjoys because he gets to “deal with new things every day.”  On his days in the office, he does much with constituent outreach and press releases. In the community, he helps work the numerous events the Senator attends and hosts. With Election Day coming in November, Blades also is busy working on the Senator’s re-election campaign. He has been travelling within the region getting signatures for Nozzolio’s re-election petition.

With the experience from this summer, Blades hopes to go on to law school in a few years and, later, to have a career in politics. He is a double major in political science and American studies and a part of the pre-law program. He plays on the Hobart varsity football team, is a member of the Chimera Honor Society, and also a brother of Phi Sigma Kappa.

In the photo above, Blades is with Joan Grela, the district operational manager for Nozzolio, in front of Nozzolio’s Seneca Falls office.