LWV Spring 2011
The Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester League Board has adopted the policy that unless expressly instructed to do so, we will keepconfidential the email addresses of our members. In order to remain in contact with members of our chapter, we will maintain our ownprivate email list. Any of our members who would like to receive emails from the Westchester County, New York State and NationalLeagues regarding news, advocacy initiatives and calls to action are welcome to do so. Please call Steve Meyers, (914) 967‐0447, or byemail at email@example.com. He will see to it to that your email address is included in those affiliated League’s databases.
Conference and is an active participantin a number of Port Chester community programs and school organizations.While at the conference, students willjoin their peers in a hands-on learning experience about how state governmentworks. Students will participate in aseries of interactive lectures on topicssuch as the state budget process, therole of lobbyists in the legislativeprocess, citizen rights to accessgovernment information, the role of media in politics, and the move toreform state government. While inAlbany, the students will have anopportunity to shadow their Senatorand/or their Assembly member for anafternoon, with many of the studentsgetting the opportunity to attend asession on the Chamber floor.
Students Inside Albany ProgramFrom page 2
Come See Our New Website
At long last, our website is up andoperational, thanks in large part toReinier Eenkema van Dijk, our internfrom Horace Mann School.You can view our new website atwww.lwvrrbpc.org . We would welcomeyour suggestions as to any content youwould like to see on the website. We arealso seeking a volunteer to become our“webmaster.” For students, we would behappy to arrange for community servicecredit. Responses should be emailed to
Check out our page on Facebook. OurFacebook page iswww.Facebook.com/lwvrrbpc.All of our Candidates and Issue Forumscan be viewed on demand at both our
Westchester County LeagueSponsors Issue Forum onRedistricting Reform
The Issue: Rigged elections, favoring incumbents, reducing competition — Gerrymandering.The County League’s Redistricting Reform Forum is
Tuesday, March29th, 7:30 pm
, at the ChappaquaLibrary, 195 S. Greeley Avenue,Chappaqua. For details, see theWestchester County LWV websitehttp://watpa.org/lwv/.
LWV Conducts Candidate’s Forum
Port Chester VillageMayoral Election
On March 2, our LWV chaptersponsored a Candidates’ Forum forMayor of the Village of Port Chester. TheCandidates were incumbent MayorDennis Pilla and current Village Trustee,Bart Didden. To promote the Forum wedistributed flyers, both in English andSpanish, at various locations throughoutPort Chester and by notice in the localnewspapers. The Forum was wellattended and copies of the program werebroadcast on Port Chester public accessTV and by on-demand viewing at ourwebsite and Facebook page. Specialthanks to our host, Port Chester HighSchool, and to all the committee memberswho worked hard to make the Candidates’Forum successful.
Nominating CommitteeSeeking Board Candidates
Considering a possible position on ourLeague chapter’s Board of Directors?Please contact Nominating CommitteeChair, Gary Zuckerman by telephone,(914) 937-1817, or by firstname.lastname@example.org soon as possible.The Nominating Committee will bepresenting its recommendations to theBoard on April 12.
Should Property Taxes Be Capped?
LWV Student Outreach
Our League is sponsoring a college levelcourse at Rye Neck High Schooltogether with the Town of Rye andBuilding Community Bridges (BCB). 24students are registered from Rye Neck,Blind Brook and Port Chester HighSchools. The focus of the course,
to Change Our World,
taught by DukeProfessor William Tobin and BCBleader (and League member) Jack Zaccara, is upon research and analysesof the causes of low voter turnout in theTown of Rye compared to other localcommunities.Representatives of the League alsotaught the Voter 18 class to two classesat Rye Neck High School. Vote 18 is afun, fast-paced interactive game taughtat high schools during one class period.It teaches students the history of voting,makes it relevant in their lives, andengages them in the world of politics.The goal of Vote 18 is to show thestudents the value of their vote, andmotivate them to stay politically engaged over the long- term. Vote 18was successfully received at Rye Neck.We would hope to also teach the Vote18 class at the other high schools in ourcommunities.We are planning a Property Tax CapIssue Forum that is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 7:30pm, at the Rye Library Community Room. Please mark your calendar andwatch for announcements on this hottopic.
Policy Regarding Members’ Email Addresses