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LWV Spring 2011 Newsletter

LWV Spring 2011 Newsletter

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League of Women Voters Spring 2011 Newsletter
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Happy Anniversary!The League of Women Votershas just celebrated its 90thanniversary; a milestone thatcoincides with the passage of the19
th
Amendment through whichwomen gained the right to vote.Over the decades a thing or twohas changed in our organizationand certainly in our society. Yet,at the core, the League remainsdedicated to the imperative of people (and not just women!) tovote and have that vote count,to understand for what, forwhom we are voting and to takean active part in the process.Today our League is a non-partisan, political organizationcomprised of both women andmen of disparate neighborhoodsand from all points of thepolitical spectrum. We havemarkedly different points of view on many issues. What wehold in common is the belief in
LWV Annual Luncheon 2Moderators Training Clinic 2Screening & Discussion of 
Gerrymandering 
2Students Inside Albany 2New Website 3County League Programon Redistricting Reform3Port Chester Candidates’Forum3Nominating Committee 3Student Outreach 3Property Tax Cap IssueForum3
Inside This Issue
Happy
 
90th
 
Anniversary
 
A
 
Message
 
from
 
our
 
President 
 
the value of a well informed andactive community of voters.As a volunteer organization, weoffer a broad range of activitiesfor our members and ourcommunities. These includesponsoring Candidates’ Forumsfor all contested elections in ourdistricts to Issue Forums onpolicy concerns such as ourupcoming programs onGerrymandering (Thursday,April 7) and the proposed TaxCap (Tuesday, May 24). Ourprograms are nearly alwaysrecorded and available ondemand through our new website:www.LWVRRBPC.org  and on our Facebook page:www.Facebook.com/LWVRRBPC. Our Candidates’Forums are also broadcast onthe local public access TV stations.We are working on severaleducational programs. This pastfall, we published our secondEnglish-Spanish Voters' Guide.We have just awarded ascholarship through acompetition, open to all highschool students in thecommunities which we serve,that will enable a student fromPort Chester to attend thestate-wide Students InsideAlbany Conference from April10 - 13.Together with the Town of Ryeand Building Community Bridges, we are co-sponsoring aCollege-level sociology seminarfor students of Rye Neck, BlindBrook & Port Chester HighSchools in which the kidsresearch and analyze the causesof low voter turnout.We are now offering a 45-minute classroom programcalled Vote 18 to help currentand future voters understand thevalue of their vote. We are alsoholding a Moderator Training Clinic for our members onThursday, March 31.Our Annual Sound ShoreLeagues Luncheon is coming upon Friday, March 25, where ourhonored guest will be formerNew York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith S.Kaye.
We will cap off the 2010-2011season on Friday June 10 withour Annual Meeting & PotLuck Cocktail Party.
 
Debbie Reisner 
Volunteers Needed for StaffingSchool Trustee Candidate Forums
 
We are now staffing teams to work on the Candidates' Forums for our communities that havecontested school district trustee elections this May. Tentative Candidates’ Forum dates areMay 2 to 5. Work on the Forums will begin in early April. To volunteer, contact Debbie Reisner,(914) 481-3234.orLWV.Rye.RyeBrook.PortChester@gmail.com.Election Day is Tuesday May 17.
Calendar
March 25
Annual Spring Lunch-eon, Davenport Club, New Rochelle,12:00 pm
March 29
Westchester CountyLeague Redistricting Reform Forum,Chappaqua Library, 195 S. GreeleyAve., Chappaqua, 7:30 pm
March 31
Candidates’ ForumModerator Training Clinic,Posillipo Senior Center,Rye Brook, 7:30-9:00 pm
April 7
Screening and Discussionof Film “Gerrymandering” withWriter/Director Jeff ReichertRye Neck High School,Community Room, 7:30 pm
April 7-10
Students InsideAlbany program, Albany
 
May 2-5
Tentative dates forCandidates’ Forums for localSchool Board elections
 
May 17
School Districts’ Budgetand School Board elections
 
May 24
Property Tax CapForum, Rye Library CommunityRoom, 7:30 pm
June 10
Annual Meeting/PotLuck Cocktail Party, 7:30 pm
 
 
Page 2 LWV Spring 2011
Join Us at the LWV Annual Spring Luncheon
The Annual Spring Luncheon is
Friday, March 25
,
12:00 pm
at theDavenport Club, 400 DavenportAvenue, New Rochelle. We are aco-sponsor together with the other twoSound Shore based Leagues,Larchmont-Mamaroneck and New Rochelle.Honored guest and featured speaker isformer New York Court of AppealsChief Judge Judith S. Klein. Tickets are$45 and can be reserved by mailing acheck to LWV, PO Box 811,Larchmont, NY 10538 and by emailing Anne Dooley,dooleypjd@aol.com
 
, andinforming her that you have sent yourcheck. For questions, call Anne, (914)381-8509.
Why Will it Matter How YourVoting District is Redrawn?___________________ Screening and Discussionof the Movie“ Gerrymandering”
Gerrymandering  
is a provocativedocumentary, featured at the TribeccaFilm Festival, on the issues of the once-in-a-decade, high stakes, redistricting process and its impact on the battle forcontrol of Congress and StateLegislatures. Following the census,district lines are redrawn to match thecurrent population trends.Gerrymandering refers to the practice of allowing politicians to determine wherethose lines fall. The practice of gerrymandering transcends party linesand as one commentator said, “ Linesnever happen by accident.”Following the movie, there will be anopen discussion with Writer/DirectorJeff Reichert.
Thursday, April 7, 7:30 pm
Rye Neck High School,Community RoomHornidge Road, Mamaroneck Open to the public. Students welcome.
Interested in Moderatinga Candidates Forum?
Have you ever thought, “I could do that,”while watching the moderator at acandidates’ forum? You now can have anopportunity to do so because we havebooked Laura Fratt, the County League'sModerator Chair, to train us at aModerators Training Clinic. The clinic isscheduled for
Thursday, March 31st
,
7:30-9:00 pm
, at the Posillipo SeniorCenter, 32 Garibaldi Place, Rye Brook.Attendance at the Moderators Training Clinic is a “no strings attached” activity.Being trained does not obligate you tomoderate any candidates’ forums. Onceyou are trained as a moderator, you canchose whether or not you want tomoderate any forums.If you are interested, please call DebbieReisner, (914) 481-3234 or by email,
LWV.Rye.Rye Brook.Port Chester@gmail.com.
Save the Date
Annual Meeting &Pot Luck Cocktail PartyFriday, June 10th, 7:30 pm
21 Norman Drive, Rye
Port Chester Student Selected forStudents Inside Albany Program
 
Ana Villasenor, a senior from PortChester High School, has been selectedfor an all-expense paid trip to Albany to attend this year’s
Students Inside Albany 
program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York StateEducational Foundation. This ninthannual
Student’s Inside Albany 
programwill take place from
April 10-13, 2011,
and will bring approximately 40students from across the state to Albany to get a first-hand education about theirstate government. The program isdesigned to increase high schoolstudent’s awareness of theirresponsibility in representativegovernment and provide informationabout tools necessary for meeting thatresponsibility.Ana Villasenor was selected by acommittee of our chapter through acompetitive process designed to assessthe student’s interests, goals andleadership abilities. The competitionwas open to students attending highschools in Rye, Rye Neck, Rye Brook and Port Chester.Ana Villasenor is a leader within PortChester High School. She has served asJunior Class president, currently isSenior Class and president of theNational Honor Society. Ana is a three-sport athlete, was the schoolrepresentative at the HOBY Leadership2011 Students Inside Albany Scholarship Winner, Anna Villasenor
 
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 steve@shmeyers.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
LWV.Rye.Rye Brook.PortChester@gmail.com.
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 emailzucom@aol.comas 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,
Tools 
 
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
 
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