New York State
News and Announcements
HISTORIES OF THE STATE AND LOCAL LEAGUES IN NYS
In celebration of the state League’s 100th anniversary, we have published two books: one commemorating the state League’s 100 years and one of histories from many of our local Leagues. Purchase your copies now!
- A Force to Reckon With: A Centennial History of the League of Women Voters of New York State.
- Forces to Reckon With: A Collection of Histories of the Local Leagues in New York State.
LWVNYS State Convention was held June 7-9, 2019 in Albany, NY
Workshop presentations and handouts.
CELEBRATING OUR 100th ANNIVERSARIES
LWVNYS will be 100 years old on November 19, 2019; LWVUS will be 100 years old on February 14, 2020; The 19th Amendment giving women the vote was officially added to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. We have a lot to celebrate! And more to do reach the goals of the suffragists and really make democracy work for everyone. Here are some resources to help your League celebrate. Contact Joan Johnson & Barbara Thomas , co-chairs of the 100th Anniversary Events Committee for more information.
TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HOW TO ENGAGE IN POLITICS
The state League and the NYS Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A) are pleased to announce the publication of seven lesson plans on state and local government for teachers of the New York Grade 12 Participation in Government course.
- 2019 NYS Legislative Calendar
The NYS Legislature released its session calendar (12/12/2018)
- Organizations Urge Leadership to Advance Comprehensive Sexuality Education (7/1/2019)
- Time’s Up: State League Joined Governor Cuomo at Press Conference on Stronger Sexual Harassment Laws and Elimination of Statute of Limitations on 2nd and 3rd Degree Rape (6/12/2019)
- League Testimony on Automatic Voter Registration Before NYS Senate Elections Committee (5/30/2019)
- Press Release (5/30/2019)
- League Testimony on NY Health Bill (5/28/2019)
- Testimony before NYS Complete Count Commission on the 2020 Census (5/7/2019)
- League Testifies before NYC Council on Early Voting Implementation (4/30/2019)
- League of Women Voters of NYS Joins the “civic organizations” Amicus Brief for the Census Litigation Case (4/11/2019)
- LWVUS and LWVNYS signed on to the Amicus Brief concerning the citizenship question on the 2020 census
- League Joins Environmental Groups and Legislators to Urge Passage of Green Amendment (4/11/2019)
- 2019 Post-Budget Lobby Packet (4/5/2019)
Information and materials for in-district visits with your state legislators
- League Statement on Passage of State Budget (4/1/2019)
- MOS A2513-S3695: An act to repeal section 50-a of the civil rights law, relating to personnel records of police officers, firefighters and correction officers. (3/29/2019)
- League Joins LetNYVote Coalition to Urge Funding for Early Voting Reforms (3/27/2019)
- League Testifies Before Senate Elections Committee on Campaign Finance Reform (3/20/2019)
- LWVNYS Statement on Voting Reform Package
We did it! We have passed a package of comprehensive voting reforms in New York State! After more than three decades of fighting for election modernization, the state legislature has finally passed a package of voting reforms that includes early voting, same day voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting, primary consolidation, pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds, state-wide voter registration transfer, and closure of the LLC loophole. The League will continue to advocate for funding for many of these reforms. Stay tuned for updates on the statues as the session continues.
- Governor Cuomo 2019 Justice Agenda
In a speech on 12/17/2018, Governor Cuomo unveiled a 20 point agenda for the first 100 days of the upcoming legislative session. Read the 20 points here.
- LWVNYS Budget Testimony on Education Financing 2019
- On January 29th the League testified before the Joint Budget Committees on Public Protection in favor of $9 million in funding for early voting in New York State. Read Testimony.
- Legislative Agenda for 2019
- Joint Statement on Clean Contracting Reforms
- League Joins Lawsuit Challenging 25 Day Voter Registration Deadline
The League of Women Voters of NYS joined The New York Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union, and the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP to file a lawsuit today challenging New York’s 25-day voter registration cutoff for arbitrarily disenfranchising tens of thousands of eligible voters. See the press release and the complaint.
- State Board of Elections Petition Filing Calendar
- League’s Education Foundation 2017-18 Annual Report
- The accomplishments of the League’s Education Foundation last year are documented and photographed in the new Annual Report. See it here.
- State Board Updates - May 2019
- Additional League SBUs can be found on the State Board Updates page of this website.
- State Voter - May 2019
- Make every day Thanksgiving. VOTE with your consumer dollars to prevent food waste.
Beth Radow, chair of the NYS League’s committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment has prepared a BE EARTHWISE guide for you to VOTE with your consumer dollars and daily practices to toss less food & feed more people while saving money and our natural resources. Also, watch Beth Radow’s interview with League member Ina Aronow on the environment and making a difference against climate change--with a focus on food.
- Interview on Environment and Climate Change
- Author of the BE EARTHWISE GUIDE: an on-line educational resource available through the League of Women Voters of NYS that engages citizens to reduce the impacts of food waste on our finite natural resources and climate change through informed food purchases, preparation (such as reducing meat consumption & eating leftovers), diverting food away from the waste stream and onto the plates of our food insecure population. (20I8)
- Author of BE EARTHWISE: an on-line educational resource website available through the League of Women Voters of NYS that engages citizens to preserve natural resources and address the impacts of climate change through their consumer purchases, activities of daily living and advocacy communication with elected representatives and corporations. (2017)