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Tel: 914-949-0507;  fax 914- 997-9354; email lwvwestchester@optonline.net 

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Voting Info for November General Election

New York State LWV Has Posted Election Info at
http://lwww.lwvny.org. Ballot proposals are included there but you can see the proposals in full at the New York State Board of Elections website.

Forum on Redistricting Held Sept. 10  Sally Robinson, President of LWVNYS, gave a power-point presentation on why the League supports Prop 1, followed by a Q and A. Video now availablehttp://vimeo.com/105927701

Hear why LWV-NYS supports the Redistricting Proposal; learn about the issues. The purpose of this proposal is to reform the process of establishing new state legislative and congressional district lines that the Constitution requires every 10 years. If the proposal is approved, an independent redistricting commission will be established to determine lines for legislative and congressional districts. Sponsored by the LWVs of White Plains, Riverstowns, Scarsdale, Larchmont/Mamaroneck and the White Plains Library.

Results of the League of Women Voters Education Foundation's Survey of Split Shifts for Elections Inspectors

April 2014. The League of Women Voters of Westchester (LWVW), a number of whose members serve as Election Inspectors (EIs), has for some time wondered if splitting poll-working shifts might not: 1) halt the drop-off of inspectors as they age and find the 16-plus-hour day too burdensome, and 2) attract much-needed new recruits.

Read more on our Voter Service page>

Download the statement plus survey responses

Just Published: Updated Green Lawns Blue Waters Brochure

May 2014. Thanks to a generous grant from the Westchester Community Foundation, the Westchester County League of Women Voters Education Foundation has updated its popular 2004 brochure “Green Lawns Blue Waters.” This guide to safe and healthy gardening provides up to date, practical tips to cope with the effects of our changing climate. Free copies are available in bulk for distribution by emailing lwvwestchester@optonline.net or calling (914) 332-1301.

Download the pdf of the Green Lawns Blue Waters
Read more including list of online resources>

"Running and Winning" Workshop Encourages Young Women to Seek Political Office

Running & Winning Workshop 2014

April 2014. Ten women elected officials from Westchester met with more than 46 young women from 19 Westchester high schools recently to share how they got interested in public issues and eventually run for elected office, encouraging the high school juniors and seniors to consider public office in the future.   Read more with additional photos>

LWV sponsors the Students In Albany Program
Read about our student's experience in 2013>

League Supports Mass Transit on New Tappan Zee Bridge   read the league's comments on the Mass Transit Task Force Report March 2014

League Commissions Report on New York’s Economically Recoverable Shale Gas
April 21, 2014 The New York State League of Women Voters contracted with Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc. to perform an evaluation of potential economically recoverable Marcellus shale natural gas in New York as a result of determining that New York State’s proposed 2014 Energy Plan lacks this vital information. 
Read the League's press release about the evaluation.
Read the full evalution report (44 pages)

Videos Track Issues of Shale Gas Fracking in New York State's Marcellus Shale, a League Concern January 2014 read more>

LWV Responds to Algonquin Pipeline Expansion Project read the LWV's letter of Jan 14, 2014 to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission>

LWVW Statement to Charter Revision Commission Nov. 2013  Read the statement on our County Government page>

Westchester County Charter Revision Commission Update  April 2013 The Charter Revision Commission met recently to discuss each of its four focus groups' reports. Read the League's response>

Housing Update: see LWV's FAQ for understanding the Housing Agreement and video of the Sept. 16 forum
Read it and more on our Housing Page>
See the video of the Sept. 16, 2013 forum

LWV Westchester Issues Statement on the Westchester County Fair and Affordable Housing Controversy addressed to the County Executive, HUD, and the Board of Legislators
read the FAQ and full statement>
dowload pdf of full statement
download Journal-News Community View 5-17-13 pdf





Thurs. Oct. 2 LWVW Board Meeting, 9:30am Community Unitarian Church, White Plains

Oct. 22 Candidates Forum White Plains LWV, 7pm White Plains Library

Tues. Nov. 4 Election Day

Thurs. Nov. 6 LWVW Board Meeting, 9:30am Community Unitarian Church, White Plains

Thurs. Dec. 4 LWVW Board Meeting, 10:30am Scarsdale Congregational Church, followed at 12:30 by Annual LWVW Holiday Luncheon and speaker.

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The New York State LWV's Newsletter is now available online.

See other Leagues' newsletters

New 2014 Directory of Government Officials Has Arrived  Read more>

Join the League!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan grassroots organization which promotes informed citizen participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. League members make a difference in their community, statewide and nationally through active volunteering and/or financial support.

Membership is open to all citizens of voting age. Non-citizens may join as associates. Students may join at a reduced rate. For further information on membership, contact a local League through the link on this page or e-mail lwvwestchester@optonline.net with your address and phone number and we will contact you with further information.

County League Seeks Volunteers

If you know of someone who may be interested in serving on the County Board or any of the committees, or if you have an interest in doing so, contact the League office:

Tel: 914-949-0507; email LWVwestchester@optonline.net 

Voter Service Moderators Needed!

Help Wanted!
Moderator Training Available
See details on Voter Service page. Contact Harry MacLaughlin at 
914-232-5735  or harrym67@verizon.net.

Want to Know What's Going on in Albany? Read the State League's revived blog, Capitol Beat

Interested in NYS politics? Want to participate directly in the legislative process and development of policies? Join the new LWVNYS Lobby Corps

The League of Women Voters of NYS is developing a Lobby Corps, similar to that of LWVUS. The purpose is to train a group of volunteers who will then communicate the League's position on proposed legislation in person directly to the members of the state Senate and Assembly. The volunteer lobbyists will receive background information, talking points and individual assignments of legislators. A meeting will be held prior to the start of the legislative session in Albany to train and brief the Corps.

These volunteers are not to replace the Issue Specialists on whom the League currently depends for specific information, testimony and memos on particular issues as they are considered by the legislature. Instead, the Lobby Corps will be generalists who will provide the direct contact with the legislators on the key talking points. The Corps will also attend legislative committee meetings to report to the state League on important discussions and votes. It would be expected that the Lobby Corps volunteers would agree to lobby on a regular basis as assigned in Albany, for example, at least 2 days a month.

The Corps will work very closely with the state League's Vice President for Issues and Advocacy, Sally Robinson, and our Legislative Director, Barbara Bartoletti. The volunteers will "shadow" Barbara to meet the legislators, become familiar with the capitol and the legislative procedures, and learn the aspects of good lobbying techniques, especially during the volunteers' first year.

Come make a difference - and try something new in the League! For more info contact Laura Ladd Bierman, LWVNYS Executive Director, Laura@lwvny.org

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