Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy    JOINDONATE
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy    JOINDONATE
LWV of Buffalo/Niagara organized its annual potluck summer lunch at which they discussed the LWVUS study on Money in Politics. Janet Massaro, chair of the Money in Politics committee presented the information. Included was a “Ted” talk from Lawrence Lessig introducing his book,

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – and a Plan to Stop It.

The Health Committee of LWV of Schenectady spent much of its time and attention this year on issues related to aging and on the New York Health Act which describes a single payer health insurance plan for New Yorkers. We invited Laurie Bacheldor from Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services and Ann DiSaro, consultant in aging services, to present “Aging in a Changing Landscape of Services and Resources- Challenges and Opportunities”. Collaborating with AAUW, Schenectady County Retired Teachers, the Jewish Community Center and the Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services brought out a sizable audience and enthusiasm for the program.

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From LWV of Oneonta: “On July 18, 2015 our league attended the Oneonta Branch of the NAACP “Community Picnic in the Park.” We enjoyed working together to enable a Voter Registration Drive. Visitors to our site were pleased with the help, so thanks to the many volunteers. But a special thank you goes to our Alice Collins for her creativity and persistence in developing this opportunity.”

From LWV of Huntington: “Our environmental committee is extremely proud of our accomplishments over the last several years. The first issue we tackled was HydroFracking. We produced a brochure that educated the public about this procedure to extract methanol, commonly called natural gas, and ran programs at local libraries and at the Cinema Arts Centre, using two movies, “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Gasland”.”

The Nassau County League ILO (Inter-League Organization) held its Convention on June 4th, at Jonathan’s Restaurant in New Hyde Park. After the business part of the meeting, during which the annual budget was accepted and the new board was elected, the attendees had the opportunity to hear from newly elected Congressmember Kathleen Rice, who shared some of her experiences as a freshman member of Congress. She explained how she is learning to negotiate the ins and outs of national politics.

The special guests at the annual meeting of LWV of East Nassau were Brian Herman, the student sent to the LWV of NYS Students Inside Albany conference, and his family. After being introduced by Lorraine Newman, Brian spoke about his experiences in Albany. His inspiring speech can be read in its entirety on our website: www.lwvofeastnassau.org.

On an evening in June, approximately 50 interested community residents attended the LWV of the Hamptons public information meeting titled “Drinking Water– Faucet, Filtered or Bottled–Informed Choices” at Southampton Hospital’s Parrish Memorial Hall. The event was a joint collaboration between the LWVH Health and Natural Resource Committees.

LWV of Huntington honored its two amazing Students Inside Albany winners, Alexis Darrow and Julia Canigiani, at its annual dinner. Pictured with them are: JoAnn Raia, Town Clerk, JoAnn Alario-Paulson and Judie Gorenstein.
LWV of Rochester is proud that it is now recording its excellent monthly forums and posting them on their own You-Tube channel. They’re available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjC9NCupn9AhZpH2k83m5_g
From LWV of Tompkins County: “In April some of the Board members met with Bruce Estes, Managing Editor of the Ithaca Journal. He wants us to write a Guest Viewpoint article each month in addition to our Letters to the Editor. The Journal realizes the importance of our work in Tompkins County. In response to his invitation, Sarah Jane Blake wrote an article on healthcare in May. This month Kay Wagner and her committee will write an article addressing natural resources and our endeavors to keep them safe from destruction.”

In July, the LWV of Somers held a meeting entitled, “Elder Abuse: The Astor Case” with speaker, Elizabeth Loewy, former chief of the Elder Abuse Unit-Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

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