Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy    JOINDONATE
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy    JOINDONATE

April 2016 Local League News

In April, members of the League of Women Voters of Utica Rome spoke to students at BOCESNew Visions. The students commented that “it was reassuring to hear someone inform us that thevoter registration process is a lot easier than most of us thought”. The League also held a voter registration drive at City Hall on the last day to pay property taxes (photo left).

LWV of Huntington is working with the Nassau County ILO to organize a primary debate for teh 3rd Congressional District.

On April 11, 2016 members of the Albany County League met and held a reception at the CountyCourthouse for members of the Albany County Legislature. It was an opportunity for members of theAlbany County League to meet their representatives and, in turn, for them to meet and know a littleabout the League. There are issues and concerns that need to be addressed in the coming monthsand, it is their hope that the League will have an opportunity for constructive input.

On April 19, twelve members of the LWV of Rochester helped the Monroe County Board of Elections open Presidential Primary absentee ballots at the Board of Elections Service Center. This is a fundraiser for the LWV-RMA, receiving money for each volunteer who opens ballots.

The Buffalo/Niagara League presented Increasing the Minimum Wage is Good Economics, Wednesday, April 27.  Speakers were Dr. Fred Floss, Chair, Department of Economics & Finance, and Sam Magavern, Co-Director, Partnership for the Public Good (PPG). League members learned the facts about how a boost in the minimum wage would affect.

The League of North East Westchester moderated a candidate forum in early May.  A forum was held May 3, for North Salem School Board Candidates. It was moderated by LWVNEW President Susan Auslander.

The League of Women Voters of Brookhaven, along with the Patchogue-Medford Library, is presenting an informative talk which will explain primaries, delegates, conventions, and the process by which presidential candidates are selected. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 25 / 7pm – 8:30pm at the Patchogue-Medford Library. Two Long Island professors will explain the details of our sometimes confusing process: Neil P. Buffett is Assistant Professor of History at Suffolk County Community College and holds several degrees in History and Political Science; and

Nicholas P. Giordano is Professor for Political Science, also at S.C.C.C.

Running and Winning, one day program that encourages young women to go into politics was held April 14th.  The program is run by the LWV of Westchester County. Young women from high schools in Westchester County participate in the program.  They meet elected officials and participate in a campaign exercise.

The League of Women Voters of New Castle held their annual Luncheon on May 18th. Political Analyst and Professor at Iona College, Jeanne Zaino, PhD, was guest speaker.  The topic was The State of the Race on the Eve of the General Election.

LWV of Mid Hudson held a forum about the Constitutional Convention on April 20.  It featured speakers Paul O’Neill, Jerry Benjamin, and LWVNYS President, Dare Thompson discussing the 2017 constitutional convention vote and providing context for the issue. Paul O’Neill spoke first, discussing the history of the New York State Constitution, Jerry Benjamin addressed the NYS constitutional convention process and its history and Dare Thompson, spoke about the League’s position on the constitutional convention.

The Saratoga League will hold their 50th Annual Meeting on June 4th! Saratoga League member, Cliff Ammon, keynote speaker, will channel the words and writings of Thomas Paine, one of the founding fathers of the United States.

Paul LaFond, Commissioner of General Services for the City of Schenectady, and Jason Pelton, Groundwater Management Planner for Schenectady County, gave a well-attended talk on water infrastructure on April 14th, co-sponsored by the LWV of Schenectady County and ECOS.

Onondaga County Board Of Election Commmissioners, Dustin Czarny (D) and Helen Kiggins Walsh (R), will be the speakers at the LWV of Syracuse Annual Meeting in June to discuss election reform issues that could increase voter participation.

A major goal of the Chautauqua League’s Voter Service Committee is to increase voter turnout for elections. Pursuing this goal, Chautauqua League members have held a number of meetings with student groups and faculty at SUNY Fredonia, where few students vote, in an effort to change their perceptions about the value of voting

To help voters learn more about their choices school board, the Larchmont-Mamaroneck League of Women Voters held a candidates’ forum moderated on LMC-TV by Alice Bloom.

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