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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

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.

See calendar at right for dates and book titles. Warner Library, Tarrytown.

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.



Details about each event are below this list of dates.

Thu. Feb. 26 Breakfast with County Legislator Shimsky

Thu. Mar. 5 Hastings-on-Hudson Candidates Forum

Sun. Mar 8 Community Forum on Deer in Westchester County

Mon. Mar. 23 Book Club

Sun. Apr. 19 Meet Your Elected Officials

Mon. Apr. 30 Book Club

Mon. May 18 Book Club

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!

LWVR Monthly Book Club - part of the LWVR Poverty Study.
All meetings are 7:00 p.m. at the Warner Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown. For more information call: Susan Schwarz @ (914) 332-1301.
Mon. Feb.23: Closing Time,  by Joe Queenan
Mon. Mar. 23: Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those they Help, by Robert D. Lipton
Mon. Apr. 30: Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, by Linda Tirado
Mon. May 18The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Breakfast with County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky Feb. 26
Topic "Westchester's Crumbling Infrestructure." Join the League Thu. Feb. 26 at 8:30am for breakfast at Hudson Social Cafe, Dobbs Ferry Train Station, 11 Station Plaza. Info 914-332-1301.
Snow date: Monday, March 16 at 8:30am. The Dobbs Ferry police are clearing the spaces on the island in front of Hudson Social for parking purposes.. This is in addition to the Hudson Social-marked spaces as you approach the restaurant/station. You will not need a parking pass to park for this event.

Hastings-on-Hudson Candidates’ Forum Thu. Mar. 5 Moderated debate at Hastings Community Center
(snow date Thu. Mar. 12)
for further information contact Jean Howell: erniejeanhowell@msn.com
Community Forum on the environmental impacts of the increasing numbers of deer in Westchester County, highlighting what can be done and what is being done.  Sun. Mar. 8
Speakers include: Dr. Mike Rubbo, Director of Conservation Science, Teatown Lake Reservation, who will address environmental impacts of deer overpopulation, Mayor of Hastings-on-Hudson Peter Swiderski, who will discuss the political and practical aspects of the deer immuno-contraception program initiated in Hastings as well as other control measures considered by his administration, and Ms. Melissa Shandroff, who will be joined by her A.P. Science students from Hastings-on-Hudson High School to present their experimental study of the effects of deer in Hillside Woods.

The forum is free and open to all who are interested.

The forum is on Sun. Mar. 8, 3-5pm, Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, in the large lecture hall.

Meet Your Elected OfficialsSun. Apr. 19, 4pm.  All are welcome to come to the Warner Library in Tarrytown to meet legislators at every level from all of the Rivertowns.  For additional information contact Susan Goodwin: sgoodwin5@optimum.net


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