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feature Susan Lerner, the Executive Director of Common Cause, who will discuss campaign finance reform and the status of redistricting in New York. Candidates Forums for contested school trustee elections are scheduled (check Upcoming Events for details); Election Day is Tuesday, May 15. Our Spring Cocktail Party, “Cocktails with District Attorney Di Fiori” is scheduled for Sunday, May 6. Janet Di Fiore will join us for informal conversation and a discussion that will include her work as chair of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. As always, your participation, input and support are vital to the ability of our League to be relevant and of service to our community. We are looking forward to seeing you. Debbie Reisner, President Tom Kissner, Editor
Students‐Inside‐Albany Conference March 25‐28, Albany, NY Tools for Change Students’ Presentation Rye Town Hall, 10 Pearl Street, Port Chester, Tuesday, April 17, 8:00 PM
We have a full spring program planned. On Thursday, April 26, our next Issue Forum will zero in on the vexing challenge of “unfunded mandates.” This program is a follow‐up to our 2% Tax Cap Forum held last spring in which all of our panelists agreed that this policy innovation would be a disaster if it were not coupled with relief from the unfunded mandates imposed by the state legislature on our school and municipal budgets. Our SIA scholars were announced last month and in March three high school students represented our chapter at a conference of student leaders held annually in the State Capitol where they experienced, first hand, the legislative process and the people who make it happen. On page 3 you will read about the “Tools for Change” seminar we are co‐sponsoring in which 24 students from Rye Town are examining the impact of social media on civic engagement. Please consider joining us at Rye Town Hall at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 17th, when the students will present their research. On Friday, April 27th, our annual Sound Shore Leagues Luncheon will
Running & Winning Workshop For high school girls, 515 North Street, White Plains, Tuesday, April 17, 8 AM‐2PM Issue Forum ‐ Unfunded State Mandates Rye Middle School, Multi‐Purpose Room, Thursday, April 26, 7:30 PM Sound Shore Leagues Annual Luncheon Orienta Beach Club, Mamaroneck, Friday, April 27, Noon. Spring Cocktail Party “Cocktails with District Attorney Di Fiore,” Sunday, May 6. 5 – 7 PM, 5 Manursing Way, Rye School Board Candidates Forums, ‐‐ if Contested Elections ‐‐ Rye Neck – Monday, April 30, 7:30 PM, RN Performing Arts Center Port Chester – Tuesday, May 1, 7PM, Room # 229 of Port Chester HS Blind Brook High School Auditorium, Thursday, May 1, 8:00 PM Rye City – Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 PM, Middle School Multipurpose Room School Board Election and Budget Vote Tuesday, May 15
LWV Issue Forum Unfunded State Mandates and Mandate Relief
What are the impacts of unfunded mandates and what, if anything should or can be done?
Tentatively: Friday, June 1, location to be determined.
Rye Middle School, Multi‐Purpose Room, Thursday, April 26, 7:30 PM
On Tuesday, April 26, we will be sponsoring an Issue Forum on the controversial topic of unfunded state mandates and mandate relief. This important and timely forum will
address such topics as what is a mandate? What does "unfunded" actually mean? What are the impacts on county and local communities, education and taxpayers? What is Albany doing about unfunded mandates and is there any relief in sight? Our distinguished panel will present a broad range of perspectives. This event is designed to impart a better understanding of the issue and to facilitate an exchange of ideas for potential legislative relief and regulatory reform. Panel: • • Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive Sandy Galef, New York State Assemblywoman, District 90 Joan Feinstein, Mayor, Village of Rye Brook Peter Mustich, Superintendent, Rye Neck School District Stephen Acquario, Executive Director, NY Association of Counties Harry Wilson, Advocate for Pension Reform
“Tools for Change” Students To Present Findings to Town Council
The college level seminar we are co‐ sponsoring with the Town of Rye and “Building Community Bridges,” enables high school students from Blind Brook, Port Chester and Rye Neck High Schools to work together as a team as they learn to conduct research on timely civic issues. This year’s question: “How does Social Media impact Civic Engagement?” The seminar, led by Dr. William Tobin of Duke University, culminates with student presentations before the Rye Town Council on Tuesday, April 17, 8:00 PM, Rye Town Hall.
The session will be held at the YWCA White Plains and Central Westchester, 515 North Street, White Plains. Volunteers are needed to facilitate activities 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A one hour training session will take place on April 13th. League members interested in participating should email Cheryl Feldman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sound Shore Area Leagues to Address Campaign Finance at Annual Spring Luncheon on Friday, April 27
League of Women Voters supporting “Running and Winning” Program
On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, the League of Women Voters of Westchester County and the YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester will co‐host a unique workshop program for young women entitled Running & Winning. The program is designed to provide women in high school with the opportunity to explore public service as a career. The workshop will bring together students from Westchester County high schools for an active political experience. Working in small groups, the students will interview local female elected officials and learn about the officials’ experiences in seeking and holding public office. To provide practical application, the students will design a campaign slogan and write and deliver a meaningful campaign speech on an issue selected by the League. Madeleine Kunin, the first woman governor of Vermont, will be the keynote speaker.
The timely issue of campaign finance in the midst of this Presidential election year is the focus of the League of Women Voters annual luncheon at noon on Friday, April 27th at the Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck. Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause NY, will tackle the controversial topic: “Money in Politics – Can Americans Beat the Odds and Establish Fairness in Campaign Finance?” at the luncheon that is co‐sponsored by the LWV chapters of Larchmont‐Mamaroneck, New Rochelle and Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester. The event is open to the public. To make a reservation, please mail a check for $45 payable to LWV Larchmont/Mamaroneck to LWV, PO Box 811, Larchmont, NY 10538.
Our objective is to get beyond the rhetoric and facilitate an informative dialogue between panelists and members of the audience. Come to really understand what unfunded state mandates are all about and what the governor and legislature are or should be doing in terms of modification or repeal. The Issue Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 pm, in the Rye Middle School Multi‐Purpose Room, 3 Parsons Street, Rye, NY. The public is invited and there is no admission charge. Students are welcome.
Don’t Forget to Vote on May 15. Election of School Board Candidates and School Budgets Approval
Nee eded: Mem mbers to St taff Trus stee Candi idate Forums
Candidates Forums s will be held fo or ontested elections this Spring g. If all co you w would like to h help out, please conta act Debbie Reisner (698‐7166 6) DaaR Reisner@gmail.com
get a first‐hand education ab g bout their state gov t vernment. The e program is designed to increase high school i students’ awareness of their s r responsibility in representat r tive government and provide inf g formation about tools ne a ecessary for m eeting that responsib t bility.
County and the federal l government e Housing in for Fair and Affordable ster. Westches The pane elists included Federal Court appointe ed Monitor, Jam mes E. Johnson; senior represe entatives of tchester Count ty Executive’s the West office and d Planning Dep partment; HUD’s off fice Fair Housi ing and Equal Opportun nity, the Mayo ors of Rye, Rye e Brook and Port Chester r, and, a ousing units. builder of affordable ho member, Gary Z Zuckerman League m served as s Moderator. All paneli ists agreed tha at despite the often con ntention news rhetoric, progress was being ma ade toward an e implementation of the amicable settlement agreement. .
Boa ard Positions Availab ble for t the 2012‐1 13 Season
The B Board currently y has two seat ts open. Anyone inte erested, please e conta act Nominating g Committee C Chair Gary Zuckerman at t email@example.com com (914) 937‐1817
Spri ing Cocktail Party
Wes stchester DA Janet DiFiore will join us at the home of Joyce e and Paul Rheingold, 5 nursing Way, R Rye, Man Sunday, May 6, 5: :00 pm. S ss her work as She will discus chair of the Joint Co ommission on e is no charge t to Public Ethics. There nd. Voluntary donations to h help atten offset t the cost of th he evening will be accep pted.
Annabel Gutterman and Luke M A Murphy, Rye Neck High S R School with NY S State Assemblyman G A George Latimer
Fundra aiser held f for Studen nt Outreac ch Progra ams
Celebrati ion of the Chin nese New Year r st was the t theme of the January 21 Dim Sum cocktail party y fundraiser for ue’s student outreach the Leagu programs s. Peter and Ro oz Larr were most grac cious in provid ding their home tha at was decorat ted with Chinese o objects d’art. P Platters of Chinese d delicacies were e served as numerou us political lead ders, members s and supp porters of the L League mingled f for a gala even ning. Congress swoman Nita L Lowey was our r uest. special gu
Lara Cohen, Bl L lind Brook Hig gh School
Loca al Students Selected d to Atte end Studen nts‐Inside‐ ‐ Alba any Conference
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at Blind Brook High h School; and L Luke phy and Annab bel Gutterman, Murp who b both attend Ry ye Neck High Schoo ol (and entered as a team), w were select ted by the Lea ague for an all‐ ‐ expen nse paid trip to o Albany to at ttend this y year’s Students s‐Inside‐Alban ny (SIA) Conference. T The Conferenc ce is sored by the League of Wom men spons Voter rs of New York k State Educational Found dation. This te enth annual SIA A Confe erence took place from Marc ch 25‐28 8, 2012, and br rought 55 stud dents from across the sta ate to Albany to
The students w T were selected by the Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chest R ter LWV chapter throug c gh a competiti ive process design p ned to assess t the student’s inter s rests, goals an nd leadership abilities. The com l mpetition was open to st w tudents who li ive or attend high schools in Rye, R a Rye Neck, Blind Brook an B nd Port Cheste er.
League Sponsored Is ssue Forum on Fair and Affordable A e Housing
On December 6, before an o O overflow audience at th a he Rye Free Me eeting Room, the Lea R ague sponsore d an Issue Forum in I ncluding a pan el of stake holders in the settlem s ment agreement bet a tween Westch hester
Debbie R Reisner, Congre esswoman Nita Lowey, and hostes ss Roz Larr
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LWV MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ‐ RYE, RYE BROOK & PORT CHESTER NAME________________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS _____________________________________________________________________________ CITY, STATE, ZIP________________________________________________________________________ TELEPHONE ____________________________ EMAIL _________________________________________ Select Membership Level: Make checks payable to Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester LWV _____ Individual $65 _____ Family $85_____ Sponsor $125*_____ Patron $250* The LWV is a 501 (C) 4 advocacy organization, membership dues are not tax deductible. *Includes membership. Monies in excess of $65 Individual and $85 Family go to the LWV Educational Foundation, a 501 (C) 3 organization, and are tax deductible
RETURN APPLICATION WITH CHECK TO: LWV RYE‐RB‐PC, PO Box 194, Rye, NY 10580