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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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REMEMBER TO REGISTER TO VOTE BEFORE THE DEADLINE

Register in person by Friday, October 14th

Register by mail: Postmarked by Friday, October 14th and received by October 19th

WILL YOU NEED AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?

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 at the Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains

Deliver ballot by mail: postmarked by Monday, November 7th and received by Saturday, November 12th

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DIRECTORY OF OFFICIALS OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY CITIES, TOWNS & VILLAGES

The Directory is league-produced annually. To obtain copies, contact the league at lwvwestchester@optonline.net or (914)949-0507.

$6 per copy if picked up at the LWVW Office, 570 Taxter Road, Suite 565, Elmsford, New York.

$7 per copy if mailed.

Make checks payable to : LWVW Education Foundation

Send check to : LWVW Education Foundation, 570 Taxter Road, Suite 565, Elmsford, NY 10523

Note: Multiple Directory discount for order of 50 or more at $5 per Directory. Large orders must be picked up a the LWVW office.

Printing of this directory was made possible through a generous contribution from Con Edison.

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2016 LWV Westchester Voters Guide

National Voter Registration Day - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The League of Women Voters of Westchester and several local Leagues are participating in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27. It is part of a massive national effort to make sure that no one misses out on voting November 8 because he or she didn't register by the October 14 deadline.

See more at http://www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org/about. Look for volunteers at strategic spots throughout Westchester: Or download a voter registration form or an absentee ballot form at http://www.elections.ny.gov and mail it, drop it off, or pick up a form at the Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains.

REMEMBER TO REGISTER TO VOTE BEFORE THE DEADLINE
Register in person by Friday, October 14th

Register by mail: Postmarked by Friday, October 14th and received by October 19th

WILL YOU NEED AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?
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 at the Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains

Deliver ballot by mail: postmarked by Monday, November 7th and received by Saturday, November 12th

VOTE - Primary Tuesday September 13th - VOTE

Don't forget to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13th.

Party Primaries will be held in the following races**:

Harrison-Council/Trustee- one unexpired term- Democratic Party Candidates

Village of Mamaroneck-Trustee- three seats- Democratic Party Candidates

Mt Vernon-City Court Judge- one seat- Democratic Party Candidates

New York Senate District 40 - City of Peekskill, Cortlandt, Yorktown, Somers, New Castle, North Salem, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, and parts of Putnam and Dutchess Counties - one seat - Democratic Party Candidates

To learn more about the candidates in these primaries, go to Vote411 and see your ballot.

Voters can also find their polling places through the New York State Poll Locator at the New York State Board of Elections or Vote411

.**In New York, changes of party enrollment are processed once a year. To change parties, voters must register their change no later than 25 days before the New York general election, and the change takes effect the on the first Tuesday after the election. For example, in order to vote in tomorrow's primaries, voters must have enrolled by October 9, 2015 in the parties that are included in the primary elections. This does not apply for people who have registered for the first time in New York since October 9, 2015.

September 13, 2016 - Local Primaries for Mamaroneck, Harrison, Mount Vernon

The local primaries are in races for town and village council and city judge.

Primary election day for state and local races is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Read Full Article

Go to Vote411 for Information on all candidates

It's the end of the road for one of the worst anti-voter laws in the entire country.

League of Women Voters -- We did it!

On August 31, 2016, the League won the final battle in our long legal campaign to overturn North Carolina's voter discrimination law when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid to revive the outrageous measure.

It's the end of the road for one of the worst anti-voter laws in the entire country. It's a tremendous victory for hundreds of thousands of voters in North Carolina who could have otherwise been blocked from the polls.

And it's the latest contribution you and other League supporters have made in our ongoing campaign to protect the right of all Americans to vote. Thank you for standing with us!

Wednesday's ruling lets stand a lower court's order barring North Carolina from requiring photo IDs and ordering the state to restore a week of early voting and maintain same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. In a blistering opinion, the lower court found that North Carolina's law targeted communities of color "with almost surgical precision."

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. Wednesday's decision follows a string of other recent victories for voters' rights in states including Texas and Kansas.

I hope you are as encouraged by this latest news as everyone here at the League is--and I hope you feel a well-deserved sense of pride in contributing to it!

Thanks again for doing your part in Making Democracy Work®!

Sincerely,

Lloyd Leonard Senior Director of Advocacy

P.S. For information about the upcoming election in your state, be sure to check out VOTE411.org, the League's one-stop voter information resource.

League of Women Voters 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000

We Won! Voting Rights Victory Again!

League of Women Voters

Dear Marylou,

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.

Voters Won Today: League of Women Voters Prevails in Major Federal Voting Rights Case 07/29/2016

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

COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY 2016

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 (jennifer@lwvny.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

"A win for voters' rights - The Westchester Board of Legislators passes law that makes voter registration a little bit easier."

Law passed on June 20, 2016 by the Westchester BOL:

NYS Voter Registration Forms will be available in all Westchester County departments.

LWV of Westchester 2016 Annual Convention

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.

2016 Annual Convention of the LWV of Westchester

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.

Students Inside Albany - 2016

This year the LWV of Rivertowns, the LWV of Larchmont/Mararoneck and the LWV of Westchester (ILO) sent a total of five high school students to participate in the Students Inside Albany Conference from May 22nd - 25th.

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.

Possible NYS Constitutional Convention - Learn the Issues

Every 20 years, the state constitution sets a statewide referendum on whether to convene a constitutional convention. The next vote arrives November 7, 2017. Through 2016 and into 2017, WCNY will develop a campaign of content exploring this important expectation of the electorate, including a series of six episodes of Connect: NY so that voters are able to make an informed decision.

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.

http://video.wcny.org/video/2365754208/

Speaker for 2016 LWV of Westchester Annual Convention

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

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/president-brennan-center-michael-waldman/

Running and Winning 2016

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

LWVNYS is Supporting S.60B --- Action Needed

This year's budget negotiations neglected to include common sense anti-corruption reforms. Senator Squadron is pushing his colleagues to close the LLC Loophole and co-sponsor his bill S.60B/A.6975C. S.60B would make explicit that LLCs are corporations for purposes of the campaign finance contribution limits. It would also increase transparency by requiring disclosure of the identity of individuals with membership interests in LLCs, and attribute contributions to members of LLCs.

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

Sample message:

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

  • Telephone: 518-465-4162

Voter Support Agency Accused of Suppressing Votes - NY Times 4/8/16

The national League is the leader in a lawsuit against the federal Election Assistance Commission, the agency created to ease voting and now accused of stifling votes The lawyer representing the plaintiffs is the director of the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center.

Read the NY Times Article - The Voter Support Agency Accused of Suppressing Votes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/09/us/election-assistance-commission-motor-voter-lawsuit.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

LWVW ANNUAL CONVENTION 2016

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS® OF WESTCHESTER, INC.

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: kitt.rosenthal@gmail.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

April 19th Presidential Primary --- ELECTION PROTECTION 866-687-8683

As New Yorkers will head to the polls to vote in the New York presidential primary election on April 19, 2016, Election Protection (EP) + the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee) + will ensure that all eligible New Yorkers have an equal opportunity to vote and provide voters with information, guidance and assistance. The 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) hotline will be available to answer calls live on primary Election Day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT.

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.

April 19, 2016 Presidential Primary Ballot

VOTE in the April 19, 2016 NYS Presidential Primary.

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.

APRIL 19th NYS Presidential Primary - VOTE VOTE VOTE

Voters Guide for NYS Presidential Primary on APRIL 19th

http://www.vote411.org

Explanation of NYS Presidential Primary Ballot

Don't Forget to Vote! Presidential Primaries--April 19th

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 Ballots

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

We need more women leaders.

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.

Letter: Just one hat for election commissioners

The League of Women Voters of Westchester supports State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's proposal to prohibit county political party leaders from serving as county election commissioners.

Read the LWVW Letter:

http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/03/14/just-one-hat-election-commissioners/81779606/

Come see "Iron Jawed Angels", the story of American Suffragists in the 1910's.

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

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTCHESTER PRESENTS THE FILM

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

To VOTE in the PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY Election - Be Prepared

REGISTRATION FOR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION

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.

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef interviewed Janet Zagoira and Marianna Stout of the LWV of Westchester on her "Ask Sandy" cable show.

Click here to view interview:

What We Do at the League of Women Voters of Westcchester

Ina Aronow, Publicity Director,interviewed President Marylou Green and County Government Committee Chair Janet Zagoria on cable TV.

Click here to watch this very informative video. http://www.vimeo.com/152005404

Hot Topic Breakfast

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN WESTCHESTER: The Settlement and its Costs

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.

RSVP: rtownsleague@gmail.com

Letter to the Editor of the New York Times on 12/16/2015 from President of the LWV of New York- Voting Reform in New York State is Long Overdue

To the Editor:

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.

DARE THOMPSON

President, League of Women Voters

of New York State

Albany

2015 Holiday Luncheon

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.

LWVW Presents Statement at County Budget Hearing along with a Young Citizen

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.

LWV WESTCHESTER CALLS FOR COUNTY TAX INCREASE TO BALANCE 2016 BUDGET

After studying the 2016 proposed Westchester County budget, which proposed that for the sixth year taxes should not be increased, the League of Women Voters of Westchester issued a statement to the Legislators that it was time to change direction. The League cited staff cuts, increased debt, and other cuts that undermine public healthcare, education, legal services, the arts and general quality of life. The League pointed out that county taxes were a relatively small portion of the tax burden on Westchester resident. An increase to the 2% cap currently permitted by the State would impact each household very little while helping the County make up the deficits of the past, avoid jeopardizing its AAA credit rating and preserve the quality of life.

For the 2016 County Budget Statement, click here

LWVW HOLDS PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON 2016 COUNTY BUDGET

See Video of Public Informational Meeting on the 2016 Westchester County Budget

https://vimeo.com/146473484

2016 Westchester County Budget

You are invited to LWVW Informational and Consensus Meetings on the

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 roseanneklein@gmail.com

You are invited to The League Of Women Voters of Westchester's HOLIDAY BOARD MEETING AND LUNCHEON

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 2015

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.

We did it!

The League of Women Voters has put together a brief slide show to highlight some of our most exciting victories.

http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=2beHsgkux3Zj56%2BB8jAyd1aqwKKwddI1

VOTE on TUESDAY November 3rd

We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.

Wynton Marsalis

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.

County Proposition 1 - On the November 3rd Ballot

The League of Women Voters of Westchester announces its support for County Proposition 1 and urges voters to mark "Yes" on the ballot on November 3rd.

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.

Be an informed voter when you VOTE on November 3, 2015.

Click Here for the LWV of Westchester 2015 VOTERS GUIDE in PDF Format

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.

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Request your Absentee Ballot by October 27, 2015

LWV Candidate Forum Schedule for 2015

LWV of Bedford, Lewisboro, North Salem Contact Lisa Pizzurro, 533-2609

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

Be Smart. Do your part. Vote on November 3, 2015

Thanks to the LWV of White Plains for their great community sign to get out the vote!

Somers LWV co-President Francois Bennett's Message

PRESIDENT5'S MESSAGE

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!

Francoise Bennett

Somers LWV Co-President