Upcoming Primary Elections — Current Status

Primary Season Election Update: The redistricting process in New York State is still in flux and this spring’s primary election details are not yet finalized. A court-appointed independent special master has until Tuesday, May 24, 2022, to re-draw certain district maps as a result of recent litigation.

As of the May 10, 2022, federal court ruling, the primary elections for New York State Assembly and for all statewide offices such as Governor and Lieutenant Governor will take place on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, according to the original schedule. However, the US Congressional and New York State Senate primary elections will take place on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

For additional information about the redistricting litigation and process, please visit our Redistricting webpage. Additional information about the primaries will be posted, when available, under our Voter Information tab.

Upcoming School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election

School Budget Vote and School Board Election
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
In-person voting from 7 am to 9 pm
Scarsdale Middle School
134 Mamaroneck Road


All COVID-19 protocols set forth by the CDC for polling locations will be followed.

The proposed 2022-23 school budget will be subject to a vote and the names of all individuals who have successfully filed timely completed candidate petitions will be on the ballot for election to three open School Board positions.

School Budget Information

The 2022 LWVS School Budget Consensus Statement was presented at the Community Budget Forum on Monday, March 28, 2022. Follow these links to view the Proposed 2022-23 School Budget and Related Documents and to view the LWVS School Budget Information Session.

School Board Candidate Information

The candidates whose names will appear on the ballot for the three open seats in the upcoming School Board Election are, in alphabetical order, Colleen Brown, Suzie Hahn Pascutti and Ron Schulhof.

Voter Registration Deadline

Thursday, May 12, 2022: Last day to complete and sign the Voter Registration form in person with the District Clerk, Honore Adams, at 2 Brewster Road during regular business hours by appointment only.

Absentee Ballot Deadlines

Absentee ballot applications are available for download. Completed absentee ballot applications may be submitted in person, by mail, or via email to the District Clerk, Honore Adams, Scarsdale School District, 2 Brewster Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583, (914) 721-2410, hadams@scarsdaleschools.orgAll voters can still apply to vote by absentee ballot using the temporary illness clause if there is a risk of contracting a disease (such as COVID-19).

Tuesday, May 10, 2022:  Last day for the District Clerk to receive a completed absentee ballot application if the voter requests that the absentee ballot be sent to the voter via mail.

Monday, May 16, 2022:  Last day for the voter to appear in person before the District Clerk (by 5 pm by appointment only) to submit a completed absentee ballot application and be provided the actual absentee ballot.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (School Election Day): Last day for the District Clerk to receive completed absentee ballots by mail or in person by 5 pm.

For more information about eligibility to vote, please see our 2022 Scarsdale School Budget Vote and School Board Election webpage and the District Clerk’s Voter Information page.

For additional questions regarding the School Budget Vote and School Board Election, please contact the LWVS Voter Service Chairs.

Upcoming Event — Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon Program

Topic: The Future of Voting Rights: Current Battles and Where We Go from Here
Speaker: Jerika L. Richardson*
Friday, May 6, 2022
10:45 am** to 2 pm (please note: new start time)
Scarsdale Golf Club
Outdoor Terrace to the Right of the Main Entrance

Updated 5/5/22: Online luncheon ticket sales are now closed. Walk-ins are welcome but please RSVP to Anne Lyons in advance and bring cash or a check payable to League of Women Voters of Scarsdale in the sum of $55/ticket (write FFT luncheon in memo line along with the names of attendees). Credit cards are not accepted.

Jerika L. Richardson

*Jerika L. Richardson is Senior Vice President for Equitable Justice & Strategic Initiatives at the National Urban League. She leads the organization’s advocacy, public education, and strategic work on civic engagement, police reform, criminal justice reform, and other justice related areas. Previously, Ms. Richardson was Deputy Executive Director and the Senior Advisor & Secretary to the Board for the nation’s largest independent police oversight agency, the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

She has also served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Counsel to the Mayor of New York City and Special Advisor to the Mayor for media relations, criminal justice, and public safety planning. Before working in City Hall, Ms. Richardson was the Senior Spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York and a Field Producer & Off-Air Reporter for ABC News. She holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in English from Spelman College.

Follow this link to view Annual Meeting Agenda.

More Recent LWVS Consensus Statements (2021-22)

Please view our Local Program and Positions webpage for current and historical folders containing annual and topical LWVS Consensus Statements. Follow this link to view written reports and, when available, video recordings of this year’s Information Sessions.


School Budget
On Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 10 am via Zoom, LWVS held its annual general membership information session regarding the proposed school budget for 2022-23. Superintendent of Schools Thomas Hagerman, Assistant Superintendent for Business Stuart Mattey, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Drew Patrick, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Edgar McIntosh, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services Eric Rauschenbach, Director of Instructional Technology Jerry Crisci, as well as Board of Education Vice President Amber Yusuf were present to answer questions. Follow these links to the LWVS Budget Questions and District Responses (#24 through 40, beginning on page 6) from the Community Budget Forum on November 17, 2021, the LWVS Budget Questions and District Responses from March 23, 2022, and the proposed 2022-23 School Budget. The 2022 LWVS School Budget Consensus Statement was delivered at the Community Budget Forum on Monday, March 28, 2022.


Village Budget
On Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 9 am via Zoom, LWVS held its annual general membership information session regarding the proposed Village budget for 2022-23 . Village Manager Robert Cole, Deputy Village Manager Alexandra Marshall, Village Treasurer Ann Scaglione, Mayor Jane Veron, Deputy Mayor Justin Arest, and Trustees Karen Brew, Lena Crandall, and Randall Whitestone, presented and answered questions. Follow this link to view the LWVS Information Session Questions and Village Responses, the Tentative 2022-23 Village Budget, and the Village Budget Overview. The 2022 LWVS Village Budget Consensus Statement was presented at the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

Upcoming Author Visit with Dorothy Wickenden*

Dorothy Wickenden (Photo credit: Jayme Grodi)

The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights
Sunday, April 3, 2022
3 pm to 5 pm
Scarsdale Public Library
Please RSVP (requested for planning purposes)

In the 1850s, Harriet Tubman, strategically brilliant and uncannily prescient, rescued some seventy enslaved people from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and shepherded them north along the underground railroad. One of her regular stops was Auburn, New York, where she entrusted passengers to Martha Coffin Wright, a Quaker mother of seven, and Frances A. Seward, the wife of William H. Seward, who served over the years as governor, senator, and secretary of state under Abraham Lincoln. During the Civil War, Tubman worked for the Union Army in South Carolina as a nurse and spy, and took part in a spectacular river raid in which she helped to liberate 750 slaves from several rice plantations.

Wright, a “dangerous woman” in the eyes of her neighbors, worked side by side with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to organize women’s rights and anti-slavery conventions across New York State, braving hecklers and mobs when she spoke. Frances Seward, the most conventional of the three friends, hid her radicalism in public, while privately acting as a political adviser to her husband, pressing him to persuade President Lincoln to move immediately on emancipation.

The Agitators opens in the 1820s, when Tubman is enslaved and Wright and Seward are young homemakers bound by law and tradition, and ends after the war. Many of the most prominent figures of the era—Lincoln, William H. Seward, Frederick Douglass, Daniel Webster, Charles Sumner, John Brown, William Lloyd Garrison—are seen through the discerning eyes of the protagonists. So are the most explosive political debates: about the civil rights of African Americans and women, about the enlistment of Black troops, and about opposing interpretations of the Constitution.

Through richly detailed letters from the time and exhaustive research, Wickenden traces the second American revolution these women fought to bring about, the toll it took on their families, and its lasting effects on the country. Riveting and profoundly relevant to our own time, The Agitators brings a vibrant, original voice to this transformative period in our history.

The paperback editions of The Agitators and of Nothing Daunted are available for purchase at Bronx River Books. For phone, email, and in-store purchases, mention LWVS to receive a 10% discount.

*Dorothy Wickenden is the author of Nothing Daunted and The Agitators and has been the executive editor of The New Yorker since January 1996. She also writes for the magazine and is the moderator of its weekly podcast The Political Scene. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Wickenden was national affairs editor at Newsweek from 1993-1995, and before that was the longtime executive editor at The New Republic. She lives with her husband in Westchester, New York.

Upcoming Event — Village Budget Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
9 am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 889 2803 0696
Password: 585566

LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding the tentative 2022-23 Village Budget. Village Manager Robert Cole, Village Treasurer Ann Scaglione, Deputy Village Manager Alexandra Marshall, Mayor Jane Veron, Deputy Mayor Justin Arest, and other members of the Village Board of Trustees will be present to answer questions. The Information session is open to the public. A consensus discussion will immediately follow for LWVS members only.

Follow these links to view the

For purposes of the Zoom presentation and discussion, attendees are strongly encouraged to review these materials in advance.

For more information, please contact Tracy Tang, LWVS Village Budget Chair, at LWVS.villagebudget@gmail.com.

Upcoming Event — School Budget Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Thursday, March 24, 2022
10 am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 815 5212 7117
Password: 280062

LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding the preliminary 2022-23 Scarsdale School District Budget. Superintendent of Schools Thomas Hagerman, Assistant Superintendent for Business Stuart Mattey, and other members of the cabinet, as well as Board of Education President Karen Ceske, Vice President Amber Yusuf, and other members of the Board of Education will all be present to answer questions. The Information session is open to the public. A consensus discussion will immediately follow for LWVS members only.

Follow these links to:

For purposes of the Zoom presentation and discussion, attendees are strongly encouraged to review these materials in advance.

For more information, please contact Suzie Hahn, LWVS School Budget Chair, at LWVSschoolbudget@gmail.com.

Upcoming Village Election

Village Election
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
In-person voting from 6 am to 9 pm
Scarsdale Public Library, Scott Room
54 Olmsted Road


All COVID-19 protocols set forth by the CDC for polling locations will be followed.

On the ballot are three candidates running for three Village Trustee positions.

Absentee Ballot Information

Voters may obtain an absentee ballot application online, request one by phone or mail from the Village Clerk, or attain one at the Village Clerk’s Office in Village Hall.  Note: All voters can still apply to vote by absentee ballot using the temporary illness clause if there is a risk of contracting a disease (such as COVID-19).

Tuesday, March 8, 2022:  Last day for the Village Clerk to receive a completed absentee ballot application if the voter requests in that application that the absentee ballot be delivered to the voter via mail.

Monday, March 14, 2022: Last day for an applicant or applicant’s agent to appear in person before the Village Clerk (by 5 pm) to submit a completed absentee ballot application and be provided the actual absentee ballot.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 (Village Election Day): Last day for the Village Clerk to receive completed absentee ballots by mail, by drop box outside Village Hall before it closes at 5 pm, or by drop box outside the Scarsdale Public Library during polling hours.

Reminders: After completing the absentee ballot, insert it into the tan-colored official absentee ballot envelope you were provided and seal the envelope. The VOTER must then sign and date the outside of the envelope where indicated. A WITNESS signature on the envelope is required ONLY if the voter cannot physically sign their own name.

Follow this link to the Village Clerk’s Election Information page.

For additional questions regarding the Village Board of Trustees Election, please contact the LWVS Voter Service Chairs.

Upcoming Event — Concurrence Meeting re Proposed New LWV NYS Position on Voting Rights for Incarcerated Individuals

Monday, March 14, 2022
10 a.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 854 4610 2930
Passcode: 982417

LWVS will hold a concurrence meeting to discuss the LWV NYS’s proposed new position to support extending voting rights to all currently incarcerated persons. Follow this link to view the background materials from LWV NYS prior to participating. The presentation is open to the public, but only LWVS members may vote (Y/N) on the concurrence.

Recent LWVS Consensus Statements (2021-22)

Please view our Local Program and Positions webpage for current and historical folders containing annual and topical LWVS Consensus Statements. Where available, recordings are posted on the Information Sessions page.


Village Election System
On Monday, December 6, 2021, LWVS held its annual general membership information session regarding this year’s Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) election. Procedure Committee Chair Betsy Bach presented and answered questions. Follow these links to the Information Session Agenda with Procedure Committee Written Responses and the LWVS 2021 CNC Election Consensus Statement.


School Election System
On Sunday, December 12, 2021, LWVS held a general membership information session regarding this year’s proposed amendments to the SBNC Resolution. SBNC Administrative Committee Resolution Vice Chair Sarah Bell presented and answered questions. Follow these links to the Information Session Agenda and the LWVS 2021 SBNC Resolution Amendment Consensus Statement.


School Election System
On Friday, January 21, 2022, LWVS held its annual general membership information session regarding this year’s School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) election. Laura Liu and Laura Gelblum, SBNC Administrative Committee Election Chair and Vice Chair, presented and answered questions. Follow these links to the Information Session Agenda, the SBNC Administrative Committee’s Report to the LWVS, and the LWVS 2022 SBNC Election Consensus Statement.

Reminder — Upcoming Winter Speaker Event

Featured

Khizr Khan

Topic: A Conversation with Khizr Khan*
Moderator: Linda Doucette-Ashman**
Sunday, January 30, 2022
8 pm to 9:30 pm via Zoom Webinar
 (please click on the link to register)

LWVS is pleased to welcome Khizr Khan for an informative discussion about his life experiences, his embracing of American democracy after immigrating, and his advocacy for the values embodied in the Constitution of the United States. The evening will be moderated by former LWVS president Linda Doucette-Ashman.

This online event will be taking the place of our annual in-person winter fundraiser. As a public service, the webinar will be free to attend. LWVS appreciates donations in any amount to support our mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government.

*Khizr Khan, founder of the Constitution Literacy and National Unity Project, is an advocate for religious freedom as a core element of human dignity. After immigrating to the United States in 1980, he attended Harvard Law School and obtained his LL.M degree. He is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, various Federal District Courts, Washington, DC, and New York State courts. In his law practice, he devotes a substantial amount of his time to providing legal services to veterans, men and women serving in uniform, and their families.

Khizr Khan is a Gold Star parent of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan. Capt. Humayun Khan was a University of Virginia graduate who was killed while serving in Iraq as he stopped an attack on his camp and saved the lives of scores of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery Section 60 with full military honors.

Khizr Khan lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is author of three books:

Khan’s acclaimed memoir and his highly regarded young adult book about the U.S. Constitution are both available for purchase (paperback versions) with a 10% discount at Bronx River Books. Follow the links above to purchase online (discount already applied to online orders). For in-store purchases, mention LWVS to receive the 10% discount.

**Linda Doucette-Ashman served as co-president of the LWVS from 2017 to 2019, after having served for several years as a member of the board of directors. During her time on the LWVS board, she served as Voter Service Chair and worked on numerous issues across LWVS portfolios. She also served as a member of the Village Planning Board, Scarsdale High School PTA Board and the Greenacres Neighborhood Association Board.

Doucette-Ashman received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Mount Holyoke College and her law degree from New England School of Law. She is an environmental attorney who left in-house corporate work to raise her children and serve the communities where she has lived.

She currently resides in the Pioneer Valley region of Massachusetts where she and her husband, Harvey, are building their new home. She has two sons, both SHS alums, one in North Carolina and one in Philadelphia.

Upcoming Event — Local, County & National Program Consensus Meeting

Monday, February 7, 2022
10 a.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 816 0776 0364
Passcode: 275177

LWVS will hold its annual consensus meeting to update the local, county, and national programs, and to review state concurrences that will be considered at the national convention. Follow this link to view the Agenda for the Consensus Meeting.

Those who intend to participate in the consensus meeting are strongly encouraged to review the following materials in advance:

Agenda and Consensus Questions Now Available for Upcoming Event — School Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Friday, January 21, 2022
10 a.m. via
Zoom
Meeting ID: 893 9105 5600
Passcode: 956753

Follow these links to the Information Session Agenda and to the Consensus Questions. Follow this link to the SBNC AC’s Report to the LWVS.

LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding this year’s School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) election and the referendum on the proposed amendments to the SBNC Resolution. Laura Liu and Laura Gelblum, current SBNC Administrative Committee Election Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, will be present to answer questions. The information session is open to the public. For purposes of the Zoom presentation and discussion, attendees are strongly encouraged to review materials in advance.

A consensus discussion will immediately follow the information session for purposes of making recommendations to the SBNC Administrative Committee. Only League members may participate.

The SBNC Administrative Committee is the body that solicits candidates for SBNC, proposes amendments to the SBNC Resolution, and runs the SBNC election and referendum on the amendments. The SBNC is the body that vets applicants and nominates a proposed slate of trustees for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education. The SBNC Resolution is the document that governs the school non-partisan election system.

For more information, please contact Jyoti Ruta, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.

LWVS President and Advocacy Chair Issue Letter re Redistricting Efforts

On Friday, January 14, 2022, LWVS President Alissa Baum and LWVS Voter Service Co-Chair Beatrice Sevcik issued a Letter to the Editor re Redistricting, recapping the efforts of the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) thus far and urging Scarsdale voters to contact the IRC, our NYS legislators, and LATFOR (the agency that aids the legislature in apportioning districts) to redraw and vote for fair districts in a bipartisan manner that keep all of Scarsdale together. Both the Letter to the Editor and the LWVS Redistricting 101 page provide additional information, including links for whom to contact on this issue.

Upcoming Winter Speaker Event

Khizr Khan

Topic: A Conversation with Khizr Khan*
Moderator: Linda Doucette-Ashman**
Sunday, January 30, 2022
8 pm to 9:30 pm via Zoom Webinar
 (please click on the link to register)

LWVS is pleased to welcome Khizr Khan for an informative discussion about his life experiences, his embracing of American democracy after immigrating, and his advocacy for the values embodied in the Constitution of the United States. The evening will be moderated by former LWVS president Linda Doucette-Ashman.

This online event will be taking the place of our annual in-person winter fundraiser. As a public service, the webinar will be free to attend. LWVS appreciates donations in any amount to support our mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government.

*Khizr Khan, founder of the Constitution Literacy and National Unity Project, is an advocate for religious freedom as a core element of human dignity. After immigrating to the United States in 1980, he attended Harvard Law School and obtained his LL.M degree. He is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, various Federal District Courts, Washington, DC, and New York State courts. In his law practice, he devotes a substantial amount of his time to providing legal services to veterans, men and women serving in uniform, and their families.

Khizr Khan is a Gold Star parent of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan. Capt. Humayun Khan was a University of Virginia graduate who was killed while serving in Iraq as he stopped an attack on his camp and saved the lives of scores of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery Section 60 with full military honors.

Khizr Khan lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is author of three books:

Khan’s acclaimed memoir and his highly regarded young adult book about the U.S. Constitution are both available for purchase (paperback versions) with a 10% discount at Bronx River Books. Follow the links above to purchase online (discount already applied to online orders). For in-store purchases, mention LWVS to receive the 10% discount.

**Linda Doucette-Ashman served as co-president of the LWVS from 2017 to 2019, after having served for several years as a member of the board of directors. During her time on the LWVS board, she served as Voter Service Chair and worked on numerous issues across LWVS portfolios. She also served as a member of the Village Planning Board, Scarsdale High School PTA Board and the Greenacres Neighborhood Association Board.

Doucette-Ashman received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Mount Holyoke College and her law degree from New England School of Law. She is an environmental attorney who left in-house corporate work to raise her children and serve the communities where she has lived.

She currently resides in the Pioneer Valley region of Massachusetts where she and her husband, Harvey, are building their new home. She has two sons, both SHS alums, one in North Carolina and one in Philadelphia.

Upcoming SBNC Election and Resolution Amendment Vote

School Board Nominating Committee Election and Resolution Amendment Vote
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
In-Person Voting at Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium Library from 7am to 10am and 2pm to 9pm
OR
Vote by Mail-In Ballot

The SBNC is the body of 30 residents serving staggered 3-year terms that vets applicants and nominates the proposed non-partisan slate for the Scarsdale Board of Education. Each year, voters elect new representatives from their neighborhood to fill spots vacated by those who have completed their SBNC service. The SBNC Resolution is the document that governs the school non-partisan election system. Proposed amendments are subject to voter ratification.

In the event of a snow day or run-off election, the vote will be held during the same hours and in the same location on the earlier of Wednesday, January 12, 2022, or the next day school is in session. For more information, visit the Scarsdale SBNC website.

The deadline for Administrative Committee receipt of mail-in ballots at P.O. Box 172H in the Heathcote Golden Horseshoe Post Office is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Please visit the SBNC website to download and print the mail-in ballots and for the instructions on how to complete them. 

As a voter service reminder, please remember that each ballot must be contained within its own mailing envelope bearing the voter’s full name and address, and with the voter’s signature across the seal. Multiple ballots within a single envelope will render all such ballots invalid.

Upcoming Event — School Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Friday, January 21, 2022
10 a.m. via
Zoom
Meeting ID: 893 9105 5600
Passcode: 956753

LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding this year’s School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) election. Laura Liu and Laura Gelblum, current SBNC Administrative Committee Election Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, will be present to answer questions. The information session is open to the public. The meeting agenda and report will be posted on the LWVS website when available.

The SBNC Administrative Committee is the body that solicits candidates for SBNC, proposes amendments to the SBNC Resolution, and runs the SBNC election and referendum on the amendments, if any. The SBNC is the body that vets applicants and nominates a proposed slate of trustees for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education. The SBNC Resolution is the document that governs the school non-partisan election system.

A consensus discussion will immediately follow the information session for purposes of making recommendations to the SBNC Administrative Committee. Only League members may participate. Consensus questions will be posted on the LWVS website when available.

For more information, please contact Jyoti Ruta, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.

New LWVS Consensus Statement on Proposed Amendments to SBNC Resolution

On Sunday, December 12, 2021, LWVS held a general membership information session regarding this year’s proposed amendments to the SBNC Resolution. SBNC Administrative Committee Resolution Vice Chair Sarah Bell presented and answered questions. Follow this link to the Information Session Agenda, the Consensus Questions, and the LWVS 2021 SBNC Resolution Amendment Consensus Statement.


Please view our Local Program and Positions webpage for current and historical folders containing annual and topical LWVS Consensus Statements. Follow this link to view written reports and, when available, video recordings of this year’s Information Sessions.

Agenda and Consensus Questions Now Available for Upcoming Event — Proposed SBNC Resolution Amendments Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Sunday, December 12, 2021
8 p.m. via
Zoom
Meeting ID: 893 5006 6132
Passcode: 620688

LWVS will hold a general membership information session regarding the proposed amendments to the SBNC Resolution, the document that governs the nonpartisan school election system in Scarsdale.

Follow this link to the Information Session Agenda and to the Consensus Questions.

Follow this link to the SBNC Administrative Committee’s summary of the proposed amendments. The amendments will appear on the ballot for voter approval at the time of the SBNC elections on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 (7-10 am, 2-9 pm at SMS Auditorium Lobby). Sarah Bell, current SBNC Administrative Committee Resolution Vice Chair, will be present to answer questions. The information session is open to the public. For purposes of the Zoom presentation and discussion, attendees are strongly encouraged to review materials in advance.

The SBNC Administrative Committee is the body that solicits candidates for SBNC, proposes amendments to the SBNC Resolution, and runs the SBNC election and referendum on the amendments, if any. The SBNC is the body that vets applicants and nominates a proposed slate of trustees for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education. The SBNC Resolution is the document that governs the school non-partisan election system.

A consensus discussion will immediately follow the information session for purposes of making recommendations to the SBNC Administrative Committee. Only League members may participate.

For more information, please contact Jyoti Ruta, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.

Upcoming Event — Proposed SBNC Resolution Amendments Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Sunday, December 12, 2021
8 p.m. via
Zoom
Meeting ID: 893 5006 6132
Passcode: 620688

LWVS will hold a general membership information session regarding the proposed amendments to the SBNC Resolution, the document that governs the nonpartisan school election system in Scarsdale. Follow this link to the SBNC Administrative Committee’s summary of the proposed amendments. The amendments will appear on the ballot for voter approval at the time of the SBNC elections on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 (7-10 am, 2-9 pm at SMS Auditorium Lobby). Sarah Bell, current SBNC Administrative Committee Resolution Vice Chair, will be present to answer questions. The information session is open to the public. For purposes of the Zoom presentation and discussion, attendees are strongly encouraged to review materials in advance.

The SBNC Administrative Committee is the body that solicits candidates for SBNC, proposes amendments to the SBNC Resolution, and runs the SBNC election and referendum on the amendments, if any. The SBNC is the body that vets applicants and nominates a proposed slate of trustees for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education. The SBNC Resolution is the document that governs the school non-partisan election system.

A consensus discussion will immediately follow the information session for purposes of making recommendations to the SBNC Administrative Committee. Only League members may participate.

For more information, please contact Jyoti Ruta, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.

Upcoming Event — Village Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Monday, December 6, 2021
10 a.m. via
Zoom
Meeting ID: 812 3729 4575
Passcode: 706929

LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding this year’s Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) election. Procedure Committee Chair Becky Bach will be present to answer questions. All members of the public are welcome to attend. Follow this link to the Information Session Agenda with Procedure Committee Written Responses. For purposes of the Zoom presentation and discussion, attendees are encouraged to review these materials in advance.

The Procedure Committee is the body that solicits candidates for CNC, proposes amendments to the Resolution, and runs the CNC election and referendum on the amendments, if any. The CNC is the body that vets applicants and nominates the proposed slate for the Village Board of Trustees, including Mayor. The Non-Partisan Resolution is the document that governs the Village’s non-partisan election system.

A consensus discussion will immediately follow the information session for purposes of making recommendations to the Procedure Committee. Only League members may be present for the consensus discussion. Follow this link to the Consensus Questions.

For more information, please contact Diane Baylor, LWVS Village Election System Chair.

LWVS Board Issues Statement to Independent Redistricting Commission re Process and Proposed Maps

At the IRC hearing on Monday, November 8, 2021, LWVS President Alissa Baum issued a Statement to the Independent Redistricting Committee on behalf of the LWVS Board, expressing disappointment in the redistricting process thus far and urging the IRC to keep Scarsdale intact when redrawing districts. She illustrated her testimony with a poster showing one of the maps proposed by some members of the IRC that had split Scarsdale into two different NYS Assembly Districts. She concluded by commenting that “[t]he Village of Scarsdale, with its strong school system and common interests, deserves the representation of a single legislator in each of the Assembly, Senate, and U.S. Congressional districts.  We hope that the Commission takes its charge seriously and listens to the public so that it can draw political boundaries that are in the public’s best interest.”

Upcoming CNC Election

Citizens Nominating Committee Election
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
In-Person Voting at Scarsdale Public Library from 7am to 9pm
OR
Vote by Mail-In Ballot

The CNC is the body of 30 residents serving staggered 3-year terms that vets applicants and nominates the proposed non-partisan slate for the Village Board of Trustees, including Mayor. Each year, voters elect new representatives from their neighborhood to fill spots vacated by those who have completed their CNC service.

The deadline for Procedure Committee receipt of mail-in ballots at P.O. Box 284 in the Chase Road Post Office is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Please visit the Procedure Committee website to download and print the mail-in ballots and for the instructions on how to complete them. 

As a voter service reminder, please remember that each ballot must be sealed within its own unmarked privacy envelope. The unmarked envelope must be placed inside an outer mailing envelope that identifies your name, full return address, and elementary school district. The voter must sign the outer mailing envelope across the seal. Multiple ballots within a single envelope will render all such ballots invalid.

Upcoming Event — Food for Thought Luncheon

How the 2020 Census and Redistricting Will Shape Political Representation
Speaker: Thomas Wolf
Friday, November 5, 2021
11:45 am to 2 pm
Scarsdale Golf Club

Please note: All attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admittance. This event will be held outside under the upper tented terrace with heaters.

PURCHASE FOOD FOR THOUGHT LUNCHEON TICKETS

Thomas (Tom) Wolf is Senior Counsel and Spitzer Fellow with the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where he leads the Center’s census project. An experienced constitutional litigator and strategist, Wolf advises civil rights groups, state and local governments, and others on legal strategy and policy relating to the census, redistricting, and other issues. During his time at the Brennan Center, he has organized the amicus briefing for several of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most significant democracy cases of the past decade and co-led the lawsuit that thwarted the Trump administration’s attempts to rush the 2020 Census. Wolf’s articles, op-eds, and commentary on the law and democracy issues have appeared in major media outlets nationwide and globally. He routinely speaks and lectures on law and policy at leading universities, law schools, and public policy schools.

Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Wolf was a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate Group at Mayer Brown LLP. He began his legal career as a clerk for Senior Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Wolf received his JD from Yale Law School. He also holds advanced degrees in political thought and intellectual history from the University of Cambridge and urban development planning from the Bartlett Faculty of University College London, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar. He graduated summa cum laude with an AB in history from Harvard College.

Upcoming Event — Redistricting 101

Thursday, October 21, 2021
2 pm to 3 pm via Zoom
Co-Sponsored by LWVW and the Scarsdale Public Library
Facilitated by Alissa Baum, President of LWVS

How familiar are you with the redistricting process? Does your district’s map represent your locale’s Communities of Interest? Learn more about redistricting in Westchester County and New York State and what you can do to ensure fair mapping.

The League of Women Voters opposes partisan and racial gerrymandering because it distorts and undermines representative democracy by allowing officials to select their voters rather than voters to elect their officials.

This webinar is organized by the LWV of Westchester* and facilitated by LWVS in collaboration with the Scarsdale Public Library. Register by providing your name and email address on the Scarsdale Public Library program page for this event to receive the Zoom link.

*LWVW is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote informed and active participation in government. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties. The League is supported by public-spirited individuals, businesses and organizations.

Upcoming Event — Fall Membership Coffee

Thursday, September 23, 2021
9:30 am to 11 am
Outdoors under the dining tent on Spencer Place in Scarsdale Village

All current and prospective members are welcome for coffee and conversation to learn about the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale. Special guests Mayor Jane Veron, Deputy Mayor Justin Arest, and Trustee Karen Brew will discuss a variety of topics affecting Scarsdale Village, such as potential changes in the leaf collection program, the renovation of the Scarsdale Pool Complex, and issues related to the recently passed Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.

LWVS Board Issues Second Statement at BOE Meeting re Open Meetings Law

At the BOE meeting on Thursday, August 19, 2021, LWVS President Alissa Baum issued a Statement re Open Meetings Law on behalf of the LWVS Board urging the BOE to reconsider its decision to deny the public the opportunity to comment at meetings virtually. Among other points, the statement cited New York State’s Committee on Open Government which indicated that “the Open Meetings Law does not prohibit a public body from permitting invited guests (i.e., anyone who is not a member of the public body, but who has been asked to actively participate in the meeting) to speak or testify using a remote access platform.”

Upcoming Public Hearing on Redistricting

NY State Independent Commission Public Hearing on Redistricting for the Mid-Hudson Valley Region
Monday, August 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm, Virtual Format

You have a voice in how our state and federal legislative districts are drawn!
Register online to attend the meeting and/or testify.
Deadline: Sunday, August 1, 2021, by 2:00 pm

Under federal law, redistricting must occur every ten years, following the census, to ensure that legislative districts are roughly equal in population. Redistricting influences who appears on your ballot, where you can vote, and how communities are represented in government. The composition of a district determines the issues elected officials may choose to pursue and the issues they choose to ignore. 

New York State has established a brand new Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) to draw district lines. The IRC is seeking public input to help identify communities of interest, so that it can draw lines fairly. Eight public hearings will be held virtually around the state between July and August. The public hearing for the Mid-Hudson region, which includes Scarsdale, is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Monday, August 2, 2021.  Participants must register no later than 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

Providing testimony at this redistricting hearing is a way to influence our community’s district maps for the next decade.

For more information, please visit the New York State Redistricting Commission website.

LWVS Board Celebrates Passage of County Redistricting Legislation

At the Scarsdale Public Library on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, LWVS President Alissa Baum spoke at a press conference to celebrate the recent passage of legislation (A.229c/S.5160b) which requires all counties in the state of New York to follow the same redistricting rules when drawing legislative districts. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by Governor Cuomo in the coming days.

Renee Baylor, Alissa Baum, Kitt Rosenthal

Prior to the passage of this legislation, counties that operate under a charter (such as Westchester) did not have to follow the usual redistricting standards which required, among other things, that municipalities remain intact and not be divided into separate districts. As a result, in 1991, the town of Scarsdale was divided into two separate county legislative districts — diminishing the collective power of voters to elect a candidate focused on their specific community interests. 

Bill Co-sponsors NYS Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (left) and NYS Senator James Skoufis (right) being congratulated by Scarsdale Mayor Jane Veron (center)

After a long-fought battle in the courts and then on the legislative floor, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, first through her work with the League of Women Voters and then as a member of the NY State Assembly, passed legislation amending county redistricting standards. From now on, county legislative districts must be drawn respecting municipal boundaries, and in such a manner that districts do not favor a particular party, are compact and contiguous, and do not deny the equal opportunity of racial or language minority groups to participate in the political process.

This law ensures a more just redistricting process for Scarsdale residents and all New Yorkers.

LWVS Board Issues Statement at BOE Meeting re Open Meetings Law

At the BOE meeting on Monday, June 21, 2021, LWVS President Alissa Baum issued a Statement re Open Meetings Law on behalf of the LWVS Board urging the BOE to revisit the issue of whether the BOE will allow virtual public comment after the expiration of the pandemic-related executive order suspending the in-person requirements of the Open Meetings Law.