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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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Save the Date: LWV of New Rochelle Annual Meeting on June 4 with Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D., political analyst, national media commentator. Details at right under CALENDAR.

New LWV Cable Program Explaining New Rochelle Downtown ‘Renaissance’ Plans: Interview with RDRXR spokesman Brandon Palanker

In an interview on the League of Women Voters public access cable program “City People and Issues,” Brandon Palanker, vice-president of marketing and public affairs for Renaissance Downtowns, explains the process it is using to create a vision for transforming the New Rochelle downtown and train station areas over the next decade. He also introduced New Rochelle resident Ashley Aldrich, who will be the local liaison as the development firm seeks community input through meet-ups, a storefront site to open soon on North Avenue, and its web site www.NRFuture.com.

Renaissance Downtowns has joined with RXR Realty to form RDRXR, which is working with the city government and citizens to form a holistic plan for the area. Their mission claims “a commitment to economically, socially and environmentally responsible downtown revitalization.”

The interview, conducted by Ina Aronow, is on Cablevision Channel 76 during May on Mondays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9 p.m. It will soon be on-demand at vimeo.com.

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

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

County legislator James Maisano, www.vimeo.com/122978888

Assemblyman Steven Otis, www.vimeo.com/123188954

Linda Tarrant-Reid, award-winning author of African-American history and community activist, www.vimeo.com/120159502

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, www.vimeo.com/120159503

Sherrie Bell, vice-president, New Rochelle YMCA, www.vimeo.com/115795667

Alisa Kesten, executive director, Volunteer New York, www.vimeo.com/115797739

Luiz Aragon, Commissioner of Development, www.vimeo.com 111332263

Jim Killoren, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity, Westchester, www.vimeo.com 111333900

Dr. Joseph Nyre, president of Iona College

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

Sheldrake Nature Center

Kathy Gilwit—City of New Rochelle marketing and communication—

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

New Rochelle City Councilman Jared Rice Discusses City Issues

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

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


Women Elected Officials Offer Teen Girls Advice on Community Involvement and “Running and Winning” April 2015

Below, group photo of workshop participants
Group Photo of Running & Winning workshop participants

Sixteen diverse Westchester women holding elected office met recently with a diverse group of 45 junior and senior girls representing 21 Westchester high schools, and shared the joys and frustrations of succeeding in what is still largely a male political world. They encouraged the girls to volunteer in their communities when they saw problems to be solved and consider running for office as the next step. Isabella Gierlinnger and Rebecca Meisler represented New Rochelle High School.

The officials spoke during the fourth annual “Running and Winning” workshop, recently [April 16. 2015] sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westchester, the American Association of University Women of Westchester, and the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester, where it was held.

The longest serving official, Ruth Hassell Thompson, state senator from Mount Vernon and the Bronx, summed up a recurring theme, when she described years of volunteering in the community and working on campaigns: “For 40 years, I helped other women run for office. I saw that issues that were important were not being addressed.” She describes herself as “a voice for the voiceless.... People who elect me, elect me to be their voice.”

“Everything you do is affected by government,” said Alfreda Williams, county legislator from Greenburgh.

Most of the women had professional careers and were raising families in addition to their community involvement. “It’s a great thing to be involved in your community. It does matter” said Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian, an engineer now raising five children.

Several officials pointed out that women bring a different and important perspective to politics: “I think that women look at problems differently than men,” said Shari Rackman, a lawyer and New Rochelle councilwoman.

Below, State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, Ossining, addressing the group

After listening to the elected officials’ comments, clusters of students planned and presented mock political campaigns including a poster. Selecting one student as a candidate, the others were campaign manager, speech writer, finance manager, or publicity director. The campaigns were centered on an environmental theme, and many of the girls researched their topics via their smart phones.

Below, one team of girls presenting their political campign

One team of girls presenting their political campign

“It was most interesting to see how well young women who just met worked together as a team and created a campaign,” said Cheryl Feldman, Running and Winning Chair. “As one student commented, it gave her the opportunity to put herself in the shoes of a candidate and to understand how the campaign process works.”

“Running and Winning” addressed the growing awareness of the need for more girls and women to develop their unique leadership potential. Women, 50.8 percent of the population, currently make up only 20 percent of the US Senate and 18.2 percent of the House, according to the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics. Women hold 22.6 percent of legislative and top executive positions on the state level, including five governors.



Mon. May 11 School Board, Library Trustee Candidate Forum
Tue May 19 Election and Budget Vote

The League of Women Voters of New Rochelle is sponsoring a Forum for candidates running for the New Rochelle Board of Education and for New Rochelle Library Trustees on Monday, May 11 at the Ossie Davis Auditorium of the New Rochelle Public Library. The school board candidates will appear at 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and the library candidates from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

The candidates will make presentations and answer questions from the audience. Questions should be submitted in writing before program begins or via email to royjoanalex@yahoo.com or call 914-715-3916. A League moderator from outside the school district will conduct the Forums.

A video of the Forum will be shown repeatedly on local cable television during the days before election, a schedule to be announced after the Forum.

Candidates for the two five-year terms on the Board of Education include Lianne Merchant (incumbent), Madalli Paci Atallah, and Vincent J. Malfetano. Candidates for the Library Board for one five-year term and completion of a three-year term and and a one-year term are George K. Walters (incumbent), Charles F. Burke, Jr. (incumbent), Damon Maher (incumbent), and Jay G. Wegimont.

The election will take place on Tuesday, May 19 for the board positions and for approval of a school district budget and a library budget. Detailed information on the budgets will be mailed to voters before the election.

In a recorded interview with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne and Assistant Superintendent for Administration/Finance Jeffrey White, conducted by LWV host Ina Aronow, Dr. Osborne and Mr. White discussed the budget process, curriculum, facilities improvement, and the Common Core standards and their implementation. The half-hour discussion is shown daily on the local education channels, Cablevision Channel 77 and Verizon Channel 30 at 6:07 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Fri. May 15 Coffee and Conversation. Angela Derecas Taylor is our next guest at Coffee and Conversation, held on the New Rochelle Public Library Meeting Room. Taylor, in addition to her role as senior advisor for community relations to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, is also carving out recognition as an author and public speaker. Taylor skillfully weaves the history of her unique immigrant family into her presentations.
Coffee and Conversation is an ongoing series of informal gatherings with guests discussing public issues. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at no charge. For further information, call 914-632-8254.

Tue. May 19 Election & Budget Vote. Details above.

Thu. June 4 LWV of New Rochelle Annual Meeting "Wine and Wisdom," with Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D., political analyst, national media commentator. 5:30-7:30, Groundfloor Coworking,
547 North Ave. Members welcome free of charge; nonmembers, $10 donation.

Thu. June 4 LWV of Westchester Annual Convention, Annual Luncheon, Woman's Club, 37 Drake Road, Scarsdale.

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 and list of past interviews on demand.

Enjoy Coffee and Conversation at the Library with Political and Civic Leaders

Informal Coffee and Conversation programs are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New Rochelle several times a year at the New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza. These are small, informal and often spirited conversations with public or civic officals. The public is invited, and coffee and light refreshments are served. The following are scheduled:

For further information, call 914-632-8254.

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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