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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of the Rivertowns

                                     Educate, Advocate, Empower

                                       serving Ardsley, Croton-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson,
                                                   Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and Yonkers
                                                     PO Box 142, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

Spring 2015

Meet our 2015 Students Inside Albany

Rivertowns League is very pleased to be sending two students this year to the Students Inside Albany program hosted by the New York State League Education Foundation. The program is designed to increase student awareness
of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. This year's session runs from May 17 to May 20.

Ijangmarie Abam-DePassIjangmarie Abam-DePass, age 17, is a Junior at Croton-Harmon High School, where she sits on the teen leadership council, is a member of the orchestra, and belongs to the World of Money Financial Institute. She has also been active in her community at the God Squad sleepout to advocate for
the homeless.

Jonathan EpsteinJonathan Epstein, age 16, is a junior at Ardsley High School, where he is on the varsity tennis team, Spanish Club, Academic Challenge, and the model U.N. Jonathan is an active member of Innovation Africa, which raised money to provide solar power to subsaharan Africa; he is also a certified lifeguard.


Our March 8 Deer Forum

On Sunday, March 8, 2015, the Rivertowns League presented a forum at Mercy College about coping with deer in the suburbs. A diverse panel was convened to discuss deer habitat, deer behavior, and efforts to address the
overabundance of these animals.

Deer Forum Sign-in

Dr. Mark Rubbo of Teatown Lake Reservation started off the program with a discussion of the impact of deer on local forests.  He was followed by Mayor Peter Swiderski of Hastings-on-Hudson, who spoke about a new program of contraception.  Rounding off the program was Hastings High School Science Department Chair, Melissa Shandroff who brought her A.P. students to tell about a class project to study the impact of deer in Hillside Woods and assist with the Village's contraception program.  Our own League member Karen Schatzel moderated the discussion.

Deer Forum Held Mar 8, 2015 

Our hats go off to Ruth Kotecha for her hard work in planning and coordinating this event from start to finish! Co-sponsors were the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, the Hudson River Audubon Society, and Teatown lake Reservation.

LWVR Study of Poverty in the Rivertowns

This is a two-year multi-faceted study of poverty in our Rivertowns communities, covering many aspects of poverty and how different populations are affected (the disabled, immigrants, children, the elderly, single mothers, and what are called by the collective name, “the working poor”).  The results will hopefully be to make a change in a situation about which many in the Rivertowns are not aware.  The study will cover housing, transportation, nutrition, child care, education and health care.  The first step  is to document the extent of the problem and to increase awareness about poverty in the communities we serve.

Those living at or below the poverty level are our neighbors.  By helping them, we help to strengthen our Rivertowns communities.

Meetings thus far have included local legislators and social service professionals.  LWVR welcomes input and help in this study from members of the community.  For additional information or to receive reports of the on-going study, please contact  Susan Weisfeld:  sweisfeld@juno.com  or 914/779-8354.

LWVR Monthly Book Club - part of the LWVR Poverty Study.

Closing Time,  by Joe Queenan
Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those they Help, by Robert D. Lipton
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, by Linda Tirado
  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The LWVR Riverfront/Environment Group

Topics are local, regional, national: Zoning changes in Dobbs Ferry, Expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline, Tappan Zee Bridge reconstruction, Indian Point's failure to finalize a plan for disposal of nuclear waste, hydrofracking, hydrocarbon transport, aging gas pipelines, and more.

LWVR Board Meetings Every Second Saturday October - May. Next meeting Sat. Feb. 14, at 10:00am, Hastings Community Center, 44 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Board meetings are open and we welcome your participation!

Fall 2014

Doing what we do best
Our focus for the past couple of months has been on voting. In September we joined many other Leagues in a nationwide letter-writing campaign to urge Congress to strengthen the Voting Rights Act. During the months of September and October we conducted voter registration, co-sponsored candidate nights, and distributed our ever- popular Voter Guides prepared by the Westchester County League.

Students Inside Albany
We are searching for a gifted high school student to sponsor at the annual Students Inside Albany event, to be held in the spring. If anyone knows of a student who can benefit from this experience, please let us know.

Membership Drive
We are happy to have a new Membership Chair, Ruth Kotecha, along with her committee of Inez Jacklin and Rhoda Barr. We look forward to some events in the coming months for current and prospective members.



Thu. July 30 Join Our Summer Think Tank! 10am, 381 Farragut Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson. Space is limited! RSVP 914-332-7969


LWVR Board Meetings Every Second Saturday October - May. 10:00am, Hastings Community Center, 44 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Board meetings are open and we welcome your participation!



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