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Local League News: June 2022

LWV of Tompkins County
The Tompkins County League joined Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, who organized rallies in Corning and Ithaca, for the Bans Off our Bodies rally. People gathered in opposition to the potential overturning of Roe Versus Wade and Planned Parenthood versus Casey on the Ithaca Commons at Bernie Milton Pavilion. LWVTC was well represented with Kelly Speiser who spoke eloquently on our behalf. Linda Duttweiler, Ann Warde and Nancy Skipper handed out flyers urging people to vote.

LWV of Buffalo/Niagara
On June 2nd, The Buffalo Niagara League met to discuss The Renewed Climate Change Agenda. The Foreign Policy Association, which sponsors this discussion group nationwide, describes the topic as “the ideological divide in the United States on the subject of climate change has impeded progress in curbing greenhouse emissions.” The discussion also touched on the rile the United States could play in future negotiations related to climate.

LWV of New Rochelle
Recently, the New Rochelle League’s monthly WVOX radio show The Ballot Box hosted political scientist, author, and Director for Public Policy at Hunter College’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies Carlos Vargas-Ramos for a discussion on redistricting. Vargos-Ramos explained that most Americans don’t know much about the redistricting process, how to get involved, or why getting involved is important. He advocates for the creation of a public education campaign and substantial public participation promotion. His theme – less energy spent on partisanship, more energy on public involvement from the outset. The Ballot Box, co-hosted by LWVNR members Tamar Tait and Nina Luban, maintains an ongoing, non-partisan conversation about the rights, responsibilities and issues facing our representative democracy.

LWV of Huntington
This spring, the League of Women Voters of Huntington registered over 600 high school students at 7 high schools! Most students registered using the regular paper application, however a significant number utilized the NYSDMV online voter registration portal and registered right form their cell phones.

LWV of Westchester Co ILO
The League of Women Voters of Westchester ended their year with a well-attended Convention at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club. Members from all of the eight local leagues were in attendance to review and vote upon bylaws revisions, 2022-23 budgets, 2022-23 outlook for work, and the 2022-24 nominated slate. LWVNYS President, Judie Gorenstein, shared all that the state league has accomplished and Westchester County Executive, George Latimer provided a State of the County message to all members, with additional focus on gun control legislation; an airport update; a Playland update; economic development; and affordable housing, to name a few. Mr. Latimer closed with an impassioned plea that we all need to be involved for the sake of our democracy. He expressed concern that our democracy is under attack, and we the people, need to stand up for our rights. If our democracy falls, there is no turning back.

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