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DIRECTORY OF OFFICIALS OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY CITIES, TOWNS & VILLAGES
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On Friday, a federal appeals court sided with the League in our lawsuit against the state of North Carolina and overturned one of the worst voter-discrimination laws in the entire country. This is an overwhelming victory--not just for the League but, far more important, the hundreds of thousands of voters in North Carolina whose right to vote had been imperiled by the new law.
And it's a measure of the tremendous impact committed supporters like you are having in our ongoing campaign to protect voters' rights. Thank you for standing with us! The court barred North Carolina from requiring photo IDs and ordered the state to restore a week of early voting and pre-registration and maintain same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.
In finding that the new law would disproportionately impact communities of color, the judges noted in their decision that "we can only conclude that the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the challenged provisions of the law with discriminatory intent."
Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters applauded that statement: "We are grateful to the Court of Appeals for seeing this bill for what it was: a race-based, chilling attempt to silence the voices of eligible voters." The North Carolina law was one of many passed in states across the country shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the heart of the Voting Rights Act back in 2013. Friday's decision was the third major victory for voters' rights in recent weeks, following similar decisions against anti-voter laws in Wisconsin and Texas.
I hope you are as heartened by this news as all of us here at the League were when we heard it on Friday--and I hope you feel a real sense of pride in contributing to this victory for democracy!
Thanks again for all that you do!
Sincerely, Jeanette Senecal Senior Director, Elections and e-Democracy
P.S. To learn more about elections in your state, please visit VOTE411.org.
League of Women Voters North Carolina, voter id, HB 589
by Jessica Jones
Politicians have no business standing in the way of our right to vote
Raleigh, NC: The League of Women Voters has just won a major federal voting rights case, reinstating significant rights for North Carolina voters in time for Election Day. The League has been fighting HB 589, an omnibus voter suppression bill designed to limit the rights of voters, especially communities of color, since 2013.
"Democracy wins today. Voters win today. This decision is the latest in a string of major federal rulings that send a clear message: Politicians have no business standing in the way of our right to vote," said Mary Klenz, co-president of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, a plaintiff in the case.
"We are grateful to the Court of Appeals for seeing this bill for what it was: a race-based, chilling attempt to silence the voices of eligible voters," said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States.
"As we've seen in Wisconsin and Texas, and now North Carolina, federal courts are calling foul on post-Shelby attempts to suppress voters' rights. Their rulings are loud and clear. Politicians do not control our democracy; voters do," Carson said.
"With this ruling, League volunteers will be able to get back to what we do best: equipping voters with the information they need to cast a vote this year," continued Klenz. "We have a lot of work to do to make sure North Carolinians understand how this ruling affects them, and we stand ready to help millions of North Carolinians exercise their most fundamental right to vote."
The League of Women Voters was represented by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union, and was joined by North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute, Onestop Unifour Collaborative, Common Cause North Carolina, and five individuals as plaintiffs on this lawsuit.
Contact: Maggie Bush, 202-429-1965
Vote 411 will be live later this summer for the September primary. If you have a primary race in your area, encourage the candidates to respond and join Vote 411. Contact Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details and info or go to http://www.vote411.org to get the information.
STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th
Register in person by Friday, August 19th
Register by mail: Postmarked by Friday, August 19th and received by August 24th
Apply for absentee ballot in person by Monday, September 12th
Apply for absentee ballot by mail: postmarked by Tuesday, September 6th
Deliver ballot in person by Tuesday, September 13th
Deliver ballot by mail: postmarked by Monday, September 12th and received by Tuesday, September 17th
GENERAL ELECTION-TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8th
Register in person by Friday, October 14th
Register by mail: Postmarked by Friday, October 14th and received by October 19th
Apply for absentee ballot in person by Monday, November 7th
Apply for absentee ballot by mail: postmarked by Tuesday, November 1st
Deliver ballot in person by Tuesday, November 8th
Deliver ballot by mail: postmarked by Monday, November 7th and received by Saturday, November 12th
NYS Voter Registration Forms will be available in all Westchester County departments.
Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justice and our keynote speaker; Marylou Green, President, LWVW
"The annual convention and spring luncheon was a great success. Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, gave an erudite and rousing history of the expansion of the right to vote in the US. - from the initial suffrage only afforded to white men of property to the 15th and 19th Amendment expansions of the right to African Americans and women, the battle to eliminate the requirements of property ownership (and the expansion of suffrage beyond the ruling elite), the imposition of Jim Crow laws and the 1965 Voting Rights Act that was used to dismantle Jim Crow to today's battles over early voting, specific id requirements and the right of felons to vote.
Luncheon crowd at Scarsdale Woman's Club
Gail Lane, Debbie and Jennifer Tomassino (LWVW's 2016 Student Inside Albany) , Bryan Costa, Guidance Counselor at Tuckahoe High school
Edith Szoldz, Susan Schwarz and Karen Schatzel of LWVW
Marcia McCraw, Steve Meyers and Janet Jaidi of LWVW.
Michael Waldmans' latest book, The Fight to Vote.
From the left:
Sponsored by the LWV of Rivertowns: Robert Epstein, Ardsley High, 11th Grade; Amanda Prechtl, Montessori Academy, 11 Grade.
Sponsored by the LWV of Larchmont/Mamaroneck: Katie Lawless, Mamaroneck High, 12th Grade; Victoria Patti, Mamaroneck High, 12th Grade.
LWV of Westchester (ILO): Jennifer Tommmasino, Tuckahoe High, 11th Grade.
Below is a link to the first of the 6 part series of one-hour programs on the issue of a possible constitutional convention in NYS. The LWV of NY is a partner in these programs through the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany.
The speaker for the LWV of Westchester Annual Convention on Thursday, June 2nd, will be Michael Waldman. Mr. Waldman was featured recently on the Travis Smiley Show on PBS.
Get more information about the luncheon on http://www.lwvw.org.
To view Travis Smiley's interview of Michael Waldman, go to
The LWV of Westchester thanks the Westchester Community Foundation for its significant grant to finance Running and Winning 2016. Generous support was also received from the American Association of University Women."
Women Elected Officials Offer Teen Girls Advice on Community Involvement and on "Running and Winning". Fourteen women elected officials from Westchester County came to the White Plains YWCA recently [April 14] to share their stories once again with a new group of bright young women from Westchester schools for the Fifth Annual "Running and Winning" workshop held at the White Plains YWCA; co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westchester, the American Association of University Women, and the White Plains YWCA; and funded by the Westchester Community Foundation.
Learn more about the Westchester Community Foundation: http://www.wcf-ny.org
and the American Association of University Women: http://westchester-ny.aauw.net
Read more about Running and Winning 2016: http://www.lwvnet.org/lwv/easyweb/preview/Youth-Programs.html
The Senator has distributed a letter to all Senators asking them to become co-sponsors. Currently the bill has 26 co-sponsors but it needs more support in order to pass in the Senate.
Call your Senator and ask them if they are co-sponsoring S.60B. If they are, thank them! If they aren't explain to them the importance of the bill and the effect it will have on all public officials.
Your State Senator and phone number is listed as: Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (518) 455-2585
Hello, I'd like to leave a message for Senator_________. My name is ____________ and I am a constituent who lives in [your neighborhood or town]. I support Senator Squadron's bill,S.60B, which would help close the LLC loophole. I hope that Senator ________ will co-sponsor this important legislation which would cap campaign finance contributions from unidentified donors and require that the members of the LLCs identify themselves. Without these provisions, LLCs who represent special interests will continue to be able to contribute millions of dollars to candidates without having to disclose the source of the contributions. Talking Points:
Under current law a single individual is able to exceed the contribution limits to a candidate or committee by using multiple LLCs. This both circumvents the limit on what individuals can contribute and makes it difficult to see who is funding a candidate.
S.60B will increase transparency by requiring LLC's to disclose the identity of all members, attribute LLC contributions to each LLC member, and cap LLC contributions at $5,000.
Without these provisions, LLCs who represent special interests will continue to be able to contribute millions of dollars to candidates without having to disclose the source of the contributions
Your call can make the difference! Thanks for your help on this important issue!
League of Women Voters of New York State® 62 Grand Street, Albany, New York
Read the NY Times Article - The Voter Support Agency Accused of Suppressing Votes:
ANNUAL CONVENTION 2016
Luncheon Speaker: Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice and author of "The Fight to Vote"
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Scarsdale Woman's Club 37 Drake Road Scarsdale, NY Meeting + 10:00 am Lunch and Speaker + 12:30 pm
Luncheon and program fee: $40.00 Reservation deadline May 30th Send check payable to LWVW to Kitt Rosenthal, 61 Birchall Drive, Scarsdale, NY 10583 e-mail: email@example.com
All are welcome to attend the Luncheon Copies of Mr. Waldman's book "The Fight to Vote" will be available for purchase and signing. For further information please call (914) 723-5126
Hours for Live, Real-Time Assistance:
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT for English assistance (866-OUR-VOTE)
5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT for bilingual English/Spanish assistance (888-VE-Y-VOTA)
Election Protection's toll-free hotlines, 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers' Committee for English, and 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund for bilingual assistance (English/Spanish), are available to any voter who needs information, assistance or guidance in understanding their rights. Assistance is also available in six Asian languages--Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Urdu and Tagalog--through the 888-API-VOTE hotline, which is managed by Asian Americans Advancing Justice--AAJC and APIA Vote. However, for the primary election, the 888-API-VOTE hotline will not be providing real-time assistance on April 19; voters will be asked to leave a voicemail.
Republican Ballot contains the names of the candidates. Vote for one candidate.
Democratic Ballot contains the names of the candidates and delegates. Vote for one candidate. Vote for [5, 6, or 7] delegates (depending on Congressional District). The delegate names appear in the same row as the candidate to whom they are pledged.
On April 19, 2016, registered Republicans and Democrats in New York State will go to the polls to choose their respective parties' nominees for President in the 2016 election.
The Republican ballot will only list their presidential candidates; the Democratic ballot will have their two presidential candidates and a list of delegates from which a voter may choose 5, 6, or 7 delegates, depending on which congressional district a voter resides in.
The Republican ballot will list Donald J Trump, John R Kasich, Ben Carson (who has withdrawn), and Ted Cruz. Delegates will not be listed. The Republican primary ballot will be the same statewide.
The Democratic ballot will list Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton AND a selection of delegates that will vary by congressional district. Some of the delegates are pledged for one or the other candidate, and some are uncommitted delegates. You will vote for one candidate and a certain number of delegates, depending upon your congressional district. For example, in Congressional District 17 you will choose up to 6 delegates (you do not have to choose 6). You can choose a particular delegate even if that delegate has pledged to support a candidate you are not voting for.
For example, most addresses in New Castle are in Congressional District 17 (Congresswoman Nita Lowey), which will vote for up to 6 out of 12 delegate candidates, 6 pledged for Sanders and 6 for Clinton. Some addresses in New Castle are in Congressional District 18 (Congressman Sean Maloney), which will vote for up to 6 of 10 delegate candidates, 4 pledged for Sanders and 6 for Clinton.
The Delegate Selection Process Briefly Explained
Essentially, each party writes its own rules about the delegate selection process and the Supreme Court has upheld their rights to do so, provided they violate no one's civil rights. Delegates are chosen from among party activists and office-holders.
In the Republican Party, each of New York's 27 congressional districts gets to choose 3 delegates and 3 alternates. Additionally, the Republican State Committee chooses at- large delegates.
In the Democratic Party, 163 pledged delegates are elected from all the congressional districts, averaging 6 per district. A party member who wishes to be a delegate must get signed petitions. The Democrats also have super delegates, consisting of Democratic officeholders, such as the Governor, our two US Senators and 19 Democratic Congressional Representatives
Mary Kirch, LWV New Castle Voter Service
Women are not new to leadership; think of Cleopatra or Queen Elizabeth. Think of the women who led the civil rights and education reform movements. But women are still outnumbered by men in the most prestigious positions, from Capitol Hill to the board room. Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership examines the causes of women's underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo. Use #leadHERship to follow the discussion.
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LWVW presents the HBO film "Iron Jawed Angels" March 30, 11 am Valhalla Campus of WCC (exact location TBD)
If you missed this rousing film when it aired on HBO in 2004, this is your chance to see "Iron Jawed Angels" the story of American Suffragists in the 1910's. Starring Hilary Swank as Alice Paul, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond, and Anjelica Huston (as Carrie Chapman Chatt, our New Rochelle heroine).
Join your League friends and students from Westchester Community College as we co-sponsor this viewing with Westchester Community College at its Valhalla campus.
FIX IT: HEALTHCARE AT THE TIPPING POINT
White Plains Public Library 100 Martine Avenue Sunday, April 3rd at 1:30pm
This new 38 minute ﬁlm takes an in-depth look from a businessman's perspective into how our dysfunctional and inefﬁcient healthcare system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting the nation's health,while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizen.
Discussion of the ﬁlm with Amy Paulin, New York State Assemblywoman and Elizabeth Rosenthal, M.D., Physicians for a National Health Program
3/25/16 Mail Registration. 3/30/16 is last day to postmark application and last day it must be received by board of elections to be eligible to vote in primary election.
3/25/16 In Person Registration. 3/25/16 is last day application must be received by board of elections to be eligible to vote in primary election.
3/30/16 Last day to change address.
ABSENTEE VOTING FOR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION
4/12/16 Last day to postmark application for ballot.
4/18/16 Last day to apply in person for ballot.
4/18/16 Last day to postmark ballot. 4/26/16 is last date it must be received by the board of elections.
4/19/16 Last day to deliver ballot in person to county board.
Click here to view interview:
Click here to watch this very informative video. http://www.vimeo.com/152005404
Speaker: Norma Drummond - Westchester County Deputy Commissionary of Planning
January 12, 2016 8:30am
El Dorato Diner, 480 Broadway,South Tarrytown (across from Doubletree) Breakfast may be ordered on your own.
Free and open to the public.
The League of Women Voters of New York State strongly agrees with your Dec. 7 editorial "Voter Fatigue in New York." The voting process in this state should be much easier and more accessible, increasing participation in our democracy.
The league has long urged a single June primary as a means of both reducing the unnecessary cost of an extra primary, estimated at $50 million, and increasing voter participation.
Online voter registration should be accessible to all eligible citizens and expanded beyond the Department of Motor Vehicles. Electronic poll books should replace printed poll books at the polling place, and voters should be able to register and vote the same day.
The league also supports early in-person voting on weekends and other hours outside of a normal workday. Absentee voting by mail should be allowed without requiring an excuse.
Similar reforms are working well in many other states. The abysmally low voter participation in New York makes it clear that they are urgently needed here.
President, League of Women Voters
of New York State
The speaker at the 2015 Holiday Luncheon was Dr Belinda Miles, the newly inaugurated president of Wetchester Community College. After her invigorating recap of current and future programs at WCC, the League expressed our hope to continue our beneficial partnership with this institution that is vital to the County's future.
Marylou Green, President of the LWV of Westchester and Adelaide DiGiorgi of the LWVW County Board read the LWVW budget statement and this citizen spoke on behalf of funding for an after school program.
2016 Westchester County Budget
Thursday, November 19th at 5:30pm White Plains Public Library 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains
Budget Director Larry Soule will present and answer questions on the 2016 county budget proposed by the County Executive to the Board of Legislators. This meeting is open to the public.
Subsequent to this discussion League members will hold a consensus meeting for its commentary on the proposed budget.
The budget is a policy document that impacts every person who lives and works in Westchester County. Key concerns will be how looming deficits created by shortfalls in revenues will be managed and how infrastructure throughout the county will be maintained.
Prior knowledge of the budget is not necessary to participate.
For more information, contact Roseanne Klein 914-682-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scarsdale Congregational Church 1 Heathcote Road, Scarsdale, NY
Executive Board Meeting: 10:30 AM Luncheon: 12:00 Noon Come one, come all! Luncheon price: $30.00 (Free parking across the street.)
Our honored guest and speaker, Dr. Belinda S. Miles, is the new President of Westchester Community College.
Please join the County League for an enjoyable Holiday luncheon on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 For reservations, call Kitt Rosenthal, 723-5126 or email her at Kitt.Rosenthal@gmail.com. Send checks made out to LWVW to Kitt at 61 Birchall Drive, Scarsdale, NY 10583. You can make your reservation now, and pay at the door.
Take time to Vote today. Bring a friend along.
For your personalized ballot, go to http://www.Vote411.org, enter your address and you will find your polling place, the candidates on your ballot, and information which they have submitted.
This amendment to the County Charter would move up the date that the County Executive must present the county budget from November 15th to October 15th for capital projects and to November 10th for operations.
"This is a modest but important step that would give the public and county legislators more time to review the large and complicated dollar amounts that make up the county budget," said Janet Zagoria, Chair of the LWVW County Government Committee.
The League is sponsoring its annual public information meeting on the budget on Thursday, November 19th, details to be announced. It will issue its statement on the budget in time for the last of three public hearings scheduled in December.
Copies of 2015 VOTERS GUIDE are available at all of the libraries and many community sites in Westchester County. Copies are also available at the LWV of Westchester Office. Call (914) 949-0507.
Find the most up-to-date information about voting in Westchester County at Vote411.org.
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Oct 15, 2015, 7pm
Fox Lane Middle Sch, Little Theatre,
Oct. 20, 2015, 7pm
N.Salem Town Meeting Room
66 June Rd@Rt. 116, No. Salem
LWV of Harrison Contact Lola Geiger, 939-7066
Oct. 26, 2015, 7:30pm
Veterans Memorial Building, Room 210, Halstead Ave.
LWV Rivertowns Contact: Lisa Cohen, 827-9805
October 13, 2015, 7pm
Croton Library, Ottinger Rm 171, Cleveland Road, Croton
LWV Larchmont, Mamaroneck Contact: Alice Pernick 381-4280
October 28, 2015, 7:00pm
Mamaroneck Town Center, 740 Boston Post Road
LWV of New Castle Contact: Mary Kirsch, 914-409-2989
Oct. 29, 2015, 7pm
Chappaqua Library Theater, 195 South Greeley Avenue
LWV New Rochelle Contact: Joan Alexander, 914-715-3916
October 19, 2015, 6pm
City Hall Chambers, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle
October 26, 2015. 6pm
City Hall Chambers, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle
LWV Rye/Rye Brook/Portchester Contact: Peter Larr, 967-3042
September 24, 2015, 7:30pm
Rye Middle School Multipurpose Rm.
October 14, 2015, 7:30pm
Rye Middle School Multipurpose Rm.
October 15, 2015, 7:30pm
Port Chester Senior Center, 222 Grace Church St.
LWV of White Plains Contact: S. Weisfeld, 779-8354 Contact: B. Kava, 428-9362
October 14, 2015, 7 to 9pm
White Plains Public Library
October 26, 2015, 7:15pm
Sarah Lawrence,.Reisinger Auditorium
Parking main entrance Kimball Avenue
Thanks to the LWV of White Plains for their great community sign to get out the vote!
I read a book during my last trip to Montreal, a sev-en hour ride on Amtrak! Baseball and Philosophy - Thinking Outside the Batter Box, edited by a philos-opher and baseball enthusiast, Eric Bronson. It in-trigued me. I like baseball and October is a good month to read and write about it. I was wondering how to tie baseball, philosophy and the League of Women Voters together.
Here is what I found: What does it means to be a fan of a team? When you are a genuine fan of a team, you makes a commitment to something you believe in, whatever the rewards or the disap-pointments. It requires attitude, action, and a commitment to a cause such as the LWV. "We must reach out to something beyond oneself thereby forming a bond with others who are similarly committed".
There is a chapter in the book on democracy and dissidence and another on Baseball and the search for an American moral identity. Political philosophers have long struggled with the question: how important is it to get along with each other? Our founding fathers decided that democracies, like baseball teams, or LWV committees, can thrive with a little friction along the way! If we are serious about our freedom of thought and speech (certainly the LWV is!), then we need to safeguard and encourage dissident voices wherever they causes a disturbance.
In the eyes of many, baseball conjures up a moral image of America at its best + a nation of strivers moved not so much by greed and self interest as by a larger version of excellence of arduous effort, social cooperation and an abiding sense of fair play, like the League? America's greatness has to do with its collective spirit, one devoted to a common goal; a home run or for the LWV, one more person signing at one of our voter registration tables!
"Baseball's internal goals are: social constitution, need of disci-pline, hard work, concentration, commitment and a social char-acter to serve some collective purpose about who we are or else we would not have gone to the trouble of putting them out there in the first place". So is the League of Women Voters!
Somers LWV Co-President