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LWV of White Plains Elects First Male President

The League of Women Voters of White Plains elected their first male President at the Annual Meeting on May 18th. “Stephen Cohen has done an outstanding job as Voter Service Chair, organizing many volunteers to register voters with their Voter Registration drive and Vote 18 program which is conducted yearly in five White Plains high schools.” said Madeline Zevon, former League President.

The League of Women Voters is a unique, multi-issue, non-partisan, political organization, advocating for informed and active voter participation. The League hopes to attract a younger, more diverse membership. The Vote 18 program teaches students about the historical struggle to gain universal voting rights in this country, it demonstrates to students the economic value of their vote, it promotes discussion of current events and it registers students to

The League is committed to ensure that voters have the needed information to successfully participate in elections. To this end, they have created vote411.org an easy way to get local, state & national candidate information.

This year the White Plains League plans to broaden their voter registration drive by registering new voters in the city’s colleges. The League welcomes anyone interested to join us in this worthwhile effort. Contact Stephen Cohen.

Below, LWV of White Plains at their annual meeting, May 2016

LWVWP annual meeting May 2016

Membership Renewal

It’s that time of the year again! Last year-we made a CHANGE; membership renewal letters were sent in May instead of July----YES that made a difference!! A flood of envelopes filled our Fisher Avenue P.O Box. Thank you.
This year another CHANGE-- The greeting letter is the same; but the RETURN ENVELOPE (with your dues enclosed) is NEW. Less Paper!! ** Inside the envelope flap: That’s where you now provide your membership information--name, address, telephone number, email address and dues-–single or household amount. Lower portion of inside flap: That’s where you indicate your interests: “DO A LITTLE……DO A LOT! WE NEED YOUR HELP”
Please renew your membership for 2016-17 and ask a friend to join. Your can reach me at DLDingott@gmail.com or 914-289-0869.

Fix It Forum
On Sunday, April 3rd, the League of Women Voters of Westchester held a forum at the White Plains Public Library on single-payer healthcare entitled Fix It:  Healthcare at the Tipping Point.  The program was well attended with 50 to 60 people in the audience.  
Madeline Zevon, Healthcare Chair for the LWV Westchester and New York State opened the program by saying that the League has long advocated for policies that promote a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost to all, while ensuring the efficient and cost-effective delivery of universal care.  Now the moment we’ve been waiting for is here, universal single-payer health care is receiving unprecedented national attention.
The film, FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point, takes an in-depth look from a business perspective into how our dysfunctional and inefficient healthcare system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting the nation’s health, while remaining unaffordable for a third of our citizens.
While single-payer, Medicare-for-all, on a national scale may not be imminent, in New York we are fortunate to have a single-payer bill, New York Health, that passed in the last Assembly session by 92-52.  The League and many other organizations are now working towards passage in the State Senate.  We believe that health care is a basic human right.
Following the film there was a lively question and answer period led by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal of Physicians for a National Health Program as discussion leaders.
Our Health Care Committee is pursuing a grassroots effort to educate the public.  We are available to any community group to show the Fix It film and lecture on the New York Health bill.  

Running and Winning

Running and Winning is a one-day workshop with the goal of encouraging young women to go into politics.  It is run by the League of Women Voters of Westchester and co-hosted by the American Association of University Women. It was held at the YWCA on North Street in White Plains on Thursday, April 14th.  The students came from high schools all over Westchester, including White Plains High School.  

The day started with about thirteen elected female officials -- members of the State Senate and Assembly, the Board of Legislators, mayors and town supervisors -- each telling why they went into politics and how they loved their careers.  The students were sitting at tables with five students, each from different schools and a facilitator (I was a facilitator at one table).  The elected officials each spent 15 minutes at a table where they were interview by the students.  

The second half  of the workshop is the campaign exercise.  The theme of the campaign was:  How will climate change affect your community and the environment around you and what can be done?  Each student chooses a role - campaign manager, speech writer, communications director, fund raiser candidate.  They had an hour and a half to work on this exercise.  After lunch each team comes up to the podium with the candidate giving a three minute speech, the communications director holding up her poster and the fund raiser describing her plan.  

The girls were AMAZING.  This was my third year as a facilitator and it is my favorite League activity.  

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LWV White Plains Monthly Board Meetings: see list below calendar items
School Board Candidates Forum 10 May 2017, 7:00-9:00pm White Plains High School, room B-1
Annual Membership Dinner 18 May 2017 6:30-8:30pm tba
Annual Picnic 14 June 2017 6:00-8:00pm tba

League of Women Voters of White Plains Schedule of Board Meetings

The LWVWP Board of Directors meets monthly from September to June. Board meetings are open to all LWVWP members. Please notify Stephen Cohen, stephen435@optonline.net prior to the meeting if you wish to attend.

Daytime meetings are 1:00- 3:00pm and are held at the homes of LWVWP board members as shown below.

Evening meetings are 7:00-9:00pm and will be held at The Ambassador of Scarsdale, 9 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains, NY.

14 September 2016 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Janice Abbott

5 October 2016 7:00-9:00pm
The Ambassador of Scarsdale

9 November 2016 7:00- 9:00pm
The Ambassador of Scarsdale

14 December 2016 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Libby Hollahan

11 January 2017 7:00-9:00pm
The Ambassador of Scarsdale

8 February 2017 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Madeline Zevon

8 March 2017 7:00-9:00pm
The Ambassador of Scarsdale

12 April 2017 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Barbara Cooper

10 May 2017 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Beth Kava

14 June 2017 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Irene Kohn

Leaguers in the know….
LWVWP’s New Non-Partisan Policy

A Must Read for League Members, and especially important in this Election Year!
The Board of the White Plains League of Women Voters has adopted a new Non-Partisan Policy in February 2016.

See LWV programs On Demand on White Plains Community Media

"LWV Presents" shows taped LWV programs. This link takes you to the listing of currently available tapes. Click on the one you want to see.

Train to Become a Moderator

Among the League's most visible and important functions is moderating candidate debates. The County League would like to add to the pool of trained moderators, and is planning an orientation this spring. Ideally, each local League provides one or more members who can handle events in other jurisdictions. To learn more, or if you would like to volunteer, please call the League office at 949-0507, or email: lwvwestchester@optonline.net

Voter Service
Assist in preparation of and distribution of Voters Guides
Participate in voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities
Sponsor candidate forums
Vote 18 presentations to high-schools

Serve as advocates, both individually and as a League on County, State and National issues such as campaign finance reform, redistricting reform, Single-Payer Medicare-for-all health care and NY Women’s Equality Act.

Youth Outreach
Students Inside Albany
Running and Winning

City Government
Study and evaluate the City budget
Monitor and take action as appropriate on White Plains issues; particularly zoning, landmarks, open space, the environment, downtown redevelopment and affordable housing (focusing on the homeless, low and moderate income families and senior citizens).

Study, evaluate and disseminate information on the school budget
Sponsor a School Board Candidates Forum

The NY State League

On Friday March 25, the New York State League took a break from focusing on the budget to participate in a forum on the Constitutional Convention. This event focused on the issue of ethics and what sort of changes could be made to help fix Albany’s culture of corruption. LWVNYS Legislative Director Barbara Bartoletti participated on a panel with Blair Horner, Executive Director of NYPIRG and Lawrence Norden, Deputy Director of the Brennan Center. The State League has teamed up with the Rockefeller Institute and helped to create a multiyear educational campaign to promote understanding and awareness of essential issues pertaining to the NYS Constitution leading up to the 2017 NYS Constitutional Convention referendum. The Rockefeller Institute will be holding events throughout the state this summer and fall. The State League will be posting upcoming events on social media, so be sure to check regularly to see when they will be coming to your area.

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