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

President’s Letter – June 2014

Harvey WeisenbergOur annual dinner is Thursday, June 19th at McQuades in Lynbrook.  Harvey Weisenberg, our New York State Assemblyman, will be our speaker.  Assemblyman Weisenberg will be retiring at the end of this year after serving us since he was elected in a special election held on February 14, 1989.   He has served us well, working with both sides of the aisle.

I hope many of you will attend this dinner as it is one of our few opportunities to update the membership of our plans for our coming year as well as to gather socially to “catch up” with each other!  Our own Alisa Henderson is planning our evening; she does a fabulous job of making this an incredibly fun event.

In the business portion of our meeting, we will be voting on some bylaw changes (see last month’s newsletter) as well as voting on our budget for 2014-2015 and for those willing to serve on our Board of Directors.  Please get your reservations in now for our annual meeting and dinner with the form attached.

The LWV of Nassau County (the Nassau County ILO) will hold its Biennial annual meeting on Saturday, July 12th at 2pm at Barbara Epstein’s home in Wantagh.  All League members are invited. Sally Robinson, our LWVNY President, will be discussing with us the state constitutional amendment on redistricting that will be on the November ballot that League is supporting.  This amendment has already generated some controversy, with good government groups split on supporting it (i.e. CommonCause opposing).

Sally will explain why League is supporting this amendment. The ILO’s hope is that all members come with an open mind as this is a complicated issue and carefully considering the FAQ’s (attached in newsletter) is necessary in order to begin to understand the proposal on the Ballot and how it compares with the status quo.

There will also be a subsequent business meeting where the budget, program, and election of new Board members for the ILO for 2014-2015 will be voted upon—all these business items are included in this newsletter.

Any issues members would like discussed at the ILO Biennial meeting, please let me or any Board member know; if you would like to attend the meeting on July 12th, please contact me. Having Sally Robinson explain the amendment will be an opportunity not to be missed.

If you have yet to renew your League membership, I hope you will do so with the form attached. Your ongoing support lets League continue to do good government work:

  • Protecting voting rights
  • Voter registration
  • Campaign finance reform
  • Water on Long Island
  • Candidate forums, and
  • Our general programs on such a wide and relevant range of topics.

Nancy Rosenthal

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