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

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

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

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

Proposed 2014 County Budget Released
Download League statement here or
read it on our County Government page>

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

LWV Westchester, Pace University Co-Host Candidate Forum for County Executive, District Attorney, and County Clerk Wed. October 23

The League of Women Voters of Westchester Education Foundation and Pace University hosted a forum for candidates for Westchester countywide office on October 23, 2013, at Pace University, White Plains, moderated by Sally Robinson, President of the League of Women Voters of New York State.

County League Candidates Forum 102313

Click links below to see videos of each part of the forum on demand before the election. Videos will also be shown on local access cable stations.

Video of Candidates for County Executive

Video of Candidate for District Attorney

Video of Candidates for County Clerk

For further information, contact Adelaide DiGiorgi,

New Rochelle League of Women Voters Registers Dozens of New Voters

Joan Alexander, voter service chair, scheduled the registration at local colleges and a street fair. Below: Joyce Goldklang, left, and Tamar Tait, right, flank student Andrea Rodgers, president of Democracy Matters at Iona College, as they prepare to sign up voters.

NewRo LWV Voter Registration #4

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 forum
Below: League's Housing Settlement Agreement Forum held Sept. 16, 2013

Housing Settlement Agreement Forum 091913

District 7 Democratic Primary Debate Available on Demand A debate sponsored by LWV of Larchmont-Mamaroneck between Tom Murphy and Catherine Parker for the County Legislative District 7 Democratic nomination is available on demand on the following link:. See the video. The seat is now held by Judy Myers. District 7 includes Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Rye and portions of Harrison and New Rochelle. The debate took place on July 31. The primary is on September 10.

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

TZB Update read more>

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

New 2013 Directory of Government Officials Has Arrived  Read more>

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

Skeptical Supreme Court to Hear Case on 2/27/13 Challenging the Very Successful Voting Rights Act of 1965 Read more>

LWV Supports Voting Rights Act Read message from LWVUS president>

Power the Vote 2012: How a New Initiative Launched Results for Millions of Voters  Read the summary of the League's work during 2012 on voting>

Campaign Finance Reform in NY State.  Read report of forum March 13, 2013, sponsored by local Leagues.

Campaign Finance Reform Would Restore Public Trust Read White Plains LWV President Madeline Zevon's article published in the Mar. 20 Journal News

LWV Forum on Need for Fair Property Tax Assessments can be Viewed on Web Read more>Download 4pg pdf Background Information.
See the video.

LWVW is a Sponsor for the Students in Albany

Program Enabling High school Students a Closer Look at How Our Government Functions 
Read more>

State League Submits Comments on Hydrofracking Read more>



Thurs. May 1. To Till and To Tend: Energy Needs and Environmental impact on Westchester's Communities. Free and open to the public. 7pm, Temple Israel Center, 280 Old Mamaroneck Rd., White Plains. Speakers include Elizabeth N. Radow, Chair of LWV of New York State's Committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment. RSVP to greening@templeisrealcenter.org. Sponsored by several groups including LWVW.  See flyer for details and info about the other speakers.

Sun. May 4 Larchmont/ Mamaroneck LWV Annual Community Yard Sale. Free for shoppers; space rental proceeds to benefit LWV-LM and the Hommocks Ice Rink Energy Improvements and Renovations. Larchmont Train Station lower parking lot, 11am-4pm. (Rain Date Sun. June 1) For info and to reserve a table.

Thurs. June 5 LWVW Annual Convention including lunch and speakers Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator George Latimer on the subject of legislation in Albany and how it affects Westchester.  Meeting 10am; lunch & speakers 12:30pm. Scarsdale Woman's Club, 37 Drake Rd, Scarsdale. $40pp. All welcome to attend the lunch. Send check (to LWVW) to Kitt Rosenthal, 61 Birchall Dr. Scarsdale NY 10583.
Download flyer.

To receive more info on LWV events around the county click here and give us your email address

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

See other Leagues' newsletters

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@verizon.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@verizon.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.netharrym67@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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