The League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns had an active year. These notes were compiled by our president, Lynn Levine, for the June 15th annual meeting.
- Registered or handed out registration forms to 220 individuals at 13 sites or events around Westchester.
- Held 8 candidates forums in almost all of our towns from Yonkers up to Ossining
- Helped organize or supported two screenings : one at the Jacob Burns Film Center on women running for office (specifically Ilhan Omar from Minnesota) and one at the White Plains Public Library on food insecurity and waste.
- Held 3 Hot Topics breakfasts at the Jazz Forum in Tarrytown:
- A presentation on the proposed storm surge barriers in the lower Hudson River
- A presentation that featured proposals for route 9 (Broadway)
- A presentation that brought us up to date on voting reforms recently enacted by the state legislature.
- (And our prentation at the annual luncheon today by Peter Arno on the status of the Healthy New York Bill should also be counted as an extremely hot topic!)
- Participated in two Naturalization Court proceedings – one in October 2018 and one in May 2019.
- Hosted or supported two forums on the Single Payer healthcare plan – one in Hastings and one at the White Plains Public Library.
- Helped organize and participate in Running and Winning (for high school students) in White Plains.
- Sent two students from Rivertowns schools to Students Inside Albany.
- Helped organize and tabled at “Vote Like a Girl” at Sunnyside in early June.
- Helped organize and supported the Westchester League’s workshops – and there have been 32 of these so far – one on basic civics called “Know Your Government” and “ Fact or Fake?” which dealt with discerning real news from distortions and lies.
- Three people from our league attended the State League Convention in Albany in June.
- Attended a presentation at the Friends Society in Scarsdale by Susan Weisfeld on the topic of Quaker involvement in the women’s suffrage movement.
- Participated in gathering candidates’ information for Vote411 for the June 25th primary elections.
- Attended monthly Healthcare Committee meetings at Madeline Zevon’s house to strategize on advocating for getting Healthy New York passed in the state legislature – we are one vote shy in the senate, and the assembly has voted pro for the past 5 years.
- Still working on resurrecting the Environment Committee.
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