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THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
of New Rochelle, New York

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Any person of voting age, male or female, may become a League member.

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Proposed 2015 Westchester County Budget On Tap at Greenburgh Public Library

The League of Women Voters of Westchester invites the public to its meeting with Westchester County Budget Director Lawrence Soule during which he will outline provisions of the operating and capital budgets proposed by County Executive Robert Astorino for the 2015 fiscal year.

The meeting will begin promptly at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at the Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road (Route 119), near Knollwood Road in Elmsford. A question and answer session will follow Mr. Soule’s presentation.

Following this session, League members will meet privately to discuss the budget, reaching consensus on points to be included in the position statement the group will present at one of the Board of Legislators’ public hearings about the budget. Those hearings will be on November 20 in New Rochelle, on November 25 in Somers, and on December 3 in the Legislative Chambers in the County Office Building in White Plains. The final budget must be adopted by December 31. More information about the budget process is available at http://westchesterlegislators.com/fy-2015-budget-dashboard.html.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan membership organization that does not support or oppose candidates for office. It does, however, reach positions on issues after study and consensus, and then works to achieve them. Membership in the League is open to all women and men citizens of voting age. The Westchester League’s study of the Westchester County budget is an annual one.

For further information, please call the League office at 914-949-0507.

New Rochelle LWV Cable Program Interviews: Luiz Aragon, New Rochelle Commissioner of Development; Jim Killoran, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Westchester County

Two guests who are making an impact on downtown New Rochelle are interviewed in the two newest episodes of the League of Women Voters of New Rochelle cable television program, “City People and Issues,” alternating Monday nights at 7 pm and repeated Wednesday and Thursday nights at 9 pm. on Cablevision Channel 76.

New Rochelle’s Commissioner of Development Luiz Aragon answers questions about the processes in which a Master Developer will develop New Rochelle’s downtown and transportation center using crowd sourcing and meetings with citizens and civic groups to help shape the plans.

James Killoren, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Westchester County describes the organization’s expanded Restore, which resells household and other items, promotes renewable energy and holds community events. He also explains the impact of Habitat, locally and nationally, in promoting its mission of affordable home ownership..

The interview with Aragon is scheduled for the weeks of November 3 and 17. The interview with Killoran will be during the weeks of November 10 and 24.

The two programs are now on demand on Vimeo: The link to Aragon is www.vimeo.111332263; the link to Killoran is www.vimeo.111333900.

Links to previous programs include the following:--
 
Now on Demand

The two programs are now on demand on Vimeo: The link to Aragon is www.vimeo.111332263; the link to Killoran is www.vimeo.111333900.

Dr. Joseph Nyre, president of Iona College
www.vimeo.com/109396850

Sally Robinson, president of the League of Women Voters of New York State www.vimeo.com/108975593

Sheldrake Nature Center
www.vimeo.com/105015224

Kathy Gilwit—City of New Rochelle marketing and communication—
www.vimeo.com/105015223

Dr. Brian G. Osborne, Superintendent of Schools www.Vimeo.com/101973374

Alex Tergis, Commissioner of Public Works www.Vimeo.com/99467295

Envirolution One, an energy saving group, www.Vimeo.com/101655257

Bob Marrone, Exec. Dir, Chamber of Commerce, www.vimeo.com/99478516

Mayor Noam Bramson on future development for New Rochelle  https://vimeo.com/92513134

Steven Horton on public housing https://vimeo.com/92530139

Angela Taylor on New Rochelle's 325th Anniversary Celebration
https://vimeo.com/87317842

New Rochelle City Councilman Jared Rice Discusses City Issues
https://vimeo.com/87317843

John Wright, Exec. Dir. of the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum https://.vimeo.com/89249209

District 2 Councilman Al Tarantino https://.vimeo.com/89261780

Programs are recorded in the NRTV studio in City Hall. For further information, call 636-6271. First Floor Meeting Room


LWVNR Forum for Board of Education and Library Election Held May 2014

The New Rochelle LWV held its annual Board of Education and Library Board of Trustees Forum at the New Rochelle Public Library. In photo below are, left to right, Joan Alexander, Voter Service Chair; Ricardo Monzon, school board candidate; Nicole Benjamin from Yonkers, the moderator, Jeffrey Hastie, school board incumbent, and Haina Just-Michael, library board incumbent.

Winners of the two school board seats were Dr. Salvador Fernandez (1533 votes) and Hastie (1363), edging out Monzon (1222). Just-Michael and Emery Zweig were reelected to the library board unopposed. Both school and library budgets passed.

New Rochelle Board of Educ. & Library Candidate forum spring 2014


 

 

CALENDAR

Cable TV interviews See dates and details at left.  "City People and Issues"  will be available on demand shortly after they are first shown on Cablevision. See links at left for recent interviews.

Wed. Nov. 19 County Budget Presentation, 7pm at Greenburgh Public Library (details at left).

Friday, November 21 Coffee and Conversation, 9:30 a.m. City Historian Barbara Davis will be the guest at Coffee and Conversation, an informal public program sponsored by the League of Women Voters, on Friday, November 21, 2014, 9:30 a.m. at the New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza. Davis will present a digital slideshow illustrating New Rochelle’s extraordinary contributions to fighting World War I The slide show complements an exhibit of New Rochelle’s role in that war, which began 100 years ago, now on display at the library..
Coffee and light refreshments will be served at no charge. For further information, call 914-632-8254.

Thurs. Dec. 4 LWVW Board Meeting, 9:30am Scarsdale Congregational Church, followed at 12 noon by Annual LWVW Holiday Luncheon with speaker David McKay Wilson, Tax Watch columnist at The Journal News. Guests welcome. Luncheon price $30. Scarsdale Congregational Church, 1 Heathcote Road, Scarsdale. For reservations contact Kitt Rosenthal (723-5126 or Kittrosenthal@gmail.com). Send checks made out to LWVW to 61 Birchall Drive, Scarsdale, NY
10583. Or make your reservation now, and pay at the door.


League of Women Voters Gearing Up With Election Info Via Web Sites, Booklets and Forums

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization, is gearing up as it does every fall to register voters, plan Candidate Forums, collect and organize candidate information on the web and in print, and encourage every citizen to vote.

“With internet technology, we have the tools to reach people with the information they need quickly and easily,” said Marianna Stout, Voter Service Chair, LWV of Westchester.

The LWV of Westchester has asked all candidates in the county to respond on www.Vote411.org, to a questionnaire asking for basic biographical information, for their positions on major issues and to provide their links to further information. Voters, by typing in their address, will access a personalized ballot with candidates for their local district; they can also find the address of their polling place and directions on getting there. A link to a voter registration form is also on the www.Vote411.org site.

Another traditional League service is the sponsoring of Candidate Forums as well as providing trained moderators to forums sponsored by others. At these forums, or debates, voters can meet and question the candidates or they can watch a replay on the web or on local access cable TV. The schedules will be posted on the LWVW website.

League members will also be registering voters at sites throughout the county, including on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 23.

“We urge everyone to be registered to vote, or reregister if you have moved,” said Stout. “And it is important to become knowledgeable about the candidates and the issues. The people we send to represent us in Albany and Washington can make a big difference.”

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots political organization with chapters throughout the 50 states. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates on any level of government but promotes informed citizen participation in government through education and advocacy. Membership is open to all citizens of voting age.


Voter Registration at Monroe College in May 2014

LWVNR Voter Registration Monroe Coll. Spring 2014


New Rochelle League of Women Voters members were registering dozens of new voters at local colleges and a city street fair in the fall of 2013. 

Joan Alexander, voter service chair, scheduled the registration. Here are photos she had taken at three of these events.

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.

Voter Registration #4
 
Below: Leona Newman, Ginny Coffina, and Joan Alexander register voters at the New Rochelle 325th anniversary street fair.

Voter Registration #1
 
Below: Patricia Carter and Joan Alexander register students at Monroe College in New Rochelle

Voter Registration #12

 

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