Elections Specialist: Kate Doran
Kate Doran attends the weekly meetings of the Commissioners of the NYC Board of Elections. Kate prepares and delivers testimony to the NYC Council and the NYS legislature on election/voter related matters. She works with the state League’s Elections Specialist in Albany and with a NYC coalition of nonprofit, good government groups to improve election administration and push for reforms in accordance with LWV positions.
Chair: Mary Jenkins
We advocate for New York City and State policies and programs that support equal access to a sound basic education and to provide resources for Civic Education.
From the founding of the United States, a primary purpose of education has been to prepare individuals to become capable citizens. For almost 100 years the League of Women Voters of New York City has supported equal access to education so that students are prepared to become informed and contributing citizens who understand their rights and responsibilities.
To that end we:
- Support a greater emphasis on Civic Education in the curriculum
- Support funding for Universal Pre-K
- Support the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) demands that NY State provide adequate funding for high needs school districts
- Oppose State tax credits for donors to private and parochial schools
- Oppose school vouchers
- Support at least a 3-year extension of Mayoral control of NYC public schools to enable the Department of Education to engage in long-term planning
- Support inclusion of the Department of Education’s governance responsibilities in the New York City Charter as is done with every other city department
We are currently working on a proposal for Professional Development for NYC Social Studies teachers in the area of Civics Education.
Join us to work on these and other issues related to public education in New York City.
We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 PM. Check our website calendar for meeting dates.
*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. Please see Topics and Lesson Plans here.
Environmental Action Committee
Co-Chairs: Mary Anne Sullivan and Beth Kelley
Join us if you want to advocate for more use of sustainable energy sources (such as offshore wind power) and for ways to protect the environment and health of those living and working in NYC from the effects of the Trump administration’s efforts to increase fossil fuel usage as well as to limit environmental protections.
Chair: Mary Jenkins
Join us if you’re interested in developing programs to attract new members who care about good government and want to be involved in achieving it.
Chair: Joanna Leefer
Join us if you’re interested in planning events that educate people about public policy issues. We meet on the first Monday of the month; join us at either 10:30am or 6pm. The Chair meets twice to accommodate committee members who prefer daytime meetings and those who prefer evenings.
Voter & Information Services Committee
Chair: Barbara Ettington
The Voter & Telephone Information Services Committee conducts voter registration drives throughout the five boroughs, trains organizations and individuals on how to conduct voter registration drives, and provides speakers to organizations and schools about why voting is important and what to expect on the ballot.
The Volunteers who staff our Telephone Information Service provide callers with vital voting information and related matters. We also have a Committee member who is an observer at the NYC Board of Elections Commissioners’ weekly meetings. This volunteer advocates to improve election laws, simplify and modernize the registration and the voting process.
If you’d like to join this committee, all are welcome. We currently have three work groups addressing: Voter Registration Events, Voter Registration Volunteers, and Get Out The Vote. Click here for calendar of next meeting date as well as training dates.
To volunteer to help staff one of the many Voter Registration Drives, please complete this form.
Voting Reform Initiative
Chair: Bella Wang
The Voting Reform Initiative advocates on issues relating to elections in New York City and New York State. We are currently focused on two primary issue areas. At the city level, we are focused on ranked-choice voting as an addition to the City Charter. At the state level, we advocate for electoral reforms such as automatic voter registration and early voting.
For more information on early voting reform, check out our educational pamphlet. To stay updated on our activities, please join our Facebook group. Our testimony before the Charter Revision Commission is available on our Google Drive.
Women's Rights Committee
Co-Chairs: Marion Novack and Elizabeth Dougherty; Secretary: Dorothy Ouzidane
Join us if you’re interested in promoting advocacy and education on issues such as pay equity, reproductive rights, domestic violence, and paid leave.