Upcoming Event — Annual Meeting

Friday, May 7, 2021
9:30 am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 880 8597 7845
Password: 741583

Though we will not be gathering for a spring luncheon this year, we will be holding our annual meeting. Members are cordially invited to join us via Zoom to formally adopt our budget and local program and to elect and install our officers, directors, and nominating committee for the next fiscal year. Follow this link to view the Annual Meeting Agenda.

Upcoming Book Discussion

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 7pm via Zoom
Meeting ID: 837 1875 0796
Passcode: 191004

Please RSVP to let us know you will be participating.

Joining us via Zoom will be Richard Westmoreland, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and former F/A-18 pilot, mentioned in the book for his participation in the Confederate monument debate in New Orleans from 2015 to 2017 as a vocal proponent of removal. Before the murders in South Carolina brought national attention to the issue, Westmoreland had been writing to local government and media and appearing on local radio and television about the “historical lie” that Confederate monuments and street names perpetuated, calling them “an affront to the truth and an affront to decency.” Westmoreland will share his experience of speaking at the New Orleans City Council and the frightening aftermath.

Upcoming Event — Village Budget Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Friday, March 26, 2021
9 am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 885 8801 9183
Password: 496419

LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding the tentative 2021-22 Village Budget. Village Manager Stephen Pappalardo, Village Treasurer Ann Scaglione, Mayor Marc Samwick, and Trustee Justin Arest 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 this link to view the LWVS Information Session Questions and Village Responses as well as the Tentative 2021-22 Village Budget. Follow this link to the LWVS Consensus Questions to be discussed following the presentation and Q&A. For purposes of the Zoom presentation and discussion, attendees are strongly encouraged to review these materials in advance.

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

Upcoming Event — School Budget Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Thursday, March 11, 2021
9 am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 839 5437 9665
Password: 985514

LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding the preliminary 2021-22 Scarsdale School District Budget. Superintendent of Schools Thomas Hagerman, Assistant Superintendent for Business Stuart Mattey, Board of Education President Pam Fuehrer, and other members of the cabinet and school board 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 the LWVS Questions and District Responses (March 10, 2021) and to the LWVS Consensus Questions for the meeting that follows the information session. Follow this link to the LWVS Budget Questions and District Responses from the November 18, 2020, Budget Forum. 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 Author Visit

Westchester: History of an Iconic Suburb
Sunday, March 7, 2021
3 pm via Zoom

Register to Attend the Webinar

Join us for a conversation with author Robert Marchant to hear about his new book, Westchester: History of an Iconic Suburb. This live virtual event will provide an informative and lively dialogue on Westchester’s fascinating and often surprising past, moderated by Jordan Copeland. Marchant’s book examines four centuries of development in Westchester, uncovering “a complex and often surprising narrative of slavery, anti-Semitism, immigration, Jim Crow, silent film stars, suffragettes, gangland violence, political riots, eccentric millionaires, industry and aviation, man-made disasters and assassinations.”

Recent LWVS Consensus Statements (2020-21)

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.


Village Election System
On Monday, December 7, 2020, LWVS held its annual general membership information session regarding this year’s Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) election. Procedure Committee Chair Sarit Kessel Fuchs presented and answered questions with the assistance of Procedure Committee member and past chair Madelaine Eppenstein. Follow this link to the Information Session Agenda with Procedure Committee Written Responses and the LWVS 2020 CNC Election Consensus Statement.


School Election System
On Monday, January 25, 2021, LWVS held its annual general membership information session regarding this year’s School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) election. Kathy Gray, current SBNC Administrative Committee Election Chair, was present to answer questions. Follow this link to the SBNC Administrative Committee Election Chair’s Written Report and the LWVS 2020 SBNC Election Consensus Statement.


Proposed Update to the LWVNYS Position on Healthcare
On Monday, February 8, 2021, at 10 am, LWVS held a concurrence meeting for the purpose of considering updates to two LWVNYS Healthcare Positions. Follow this link to the LWVUS Update Materials and Participant Guide. Follow this link to the LWVS Response.


Local, County, and State Programming for 2021-22
On Monday, February 8, 2021, at 10 am, LWVS held a consensus meeting for the purpose of considering updates to the local, county, and state programs. Follow this link to the LWVS Proposed Local Program for 2021-22 to be presented for adoption at the annual meeting in May. Follow this link to the LWVS Comments to LWVW re the County Program for 2021-22. Follow this link for the LWVNYS Program Planning Packet for 2021-23 and the LWVS Recommendations to LWVNYS.

Upcoming Event — LWVNYS Healthcare Position Update Concurrence; Local, County & State Program Consensus Meeting

Monday, February 8, 2021
10 a.m. via
Zoom
Meeting ID: 897 2174 0190
Passcode: 308216

LWVS will hold a concurrence meeting for the purpose of considering updates to two LWVNYS Healthcare Positions, followed by the annual consensus meeting to update the local, county, and national programs. All members of the public are welcome to attend. Follow this link to the Concurrence and Consensus Meeting Agenda. For purposes of the Zoom presentation and discussion, attendees are strongly encouraged to review these materials in advance.

The concurrence questions to be addressed are:

  • Do you accept the new position on Healthcare?
  • Do you accept the new position on Financing of Healthcare?

An answer of “no” to either question retains the current position; “yes” accepts the proposed new position.

Follow these links to view materials for use in the consensus meeting for the local, county, and state programs:

Upcoming Event — School Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Monday, January 25, 2021
9 a.m. via
Zoom
Meeting ID: 840 4430 3105
Passcode: 309140

LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding this year’s School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) election. Kathy Gray, current SBNC Administrative Committee Election Chair, will be present to answer questions. The Information session is open to the public. Follow this link to the SBNC Administrative Committee Election Chair’s Written Report. For purposes of the Zoom presentation and discussion, attendees are strongly encouraged to review these 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. Follow this link to the Consensus Questions.

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

Upcoming Centennial Speaker Event — 100 Years of Progress: Women in New York Politics

In honor of LWVS’s 100th year, this special program features an all-female panel of elected officials in a discussion to be moderated by LWVS member and immediate past president Janice Starr.

Sunday, January 24, 2021
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm via Zoom

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Please use this form to Submit Questions for any of our speakers.

Meet our Panelists (links open to their professional bios):

Upcoming SBNC Election

School Board Nominating Committee Election
Ballots must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Please note: Election Is Mail-In Ballot Only (no in-person voting)

The SBNC is the body of 30 residents serving staggered 3-year terms that vets applicants and nominates a proposed non-partisan slate of trustees 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 deadline for Procedure Committee receipt of mail-in ballots at P.O. Box 172H in the Golden Horseshoe Post Office is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. 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 sealed within its own unmarked privacy envelope. The unmarked envelope must be placed inside an outer mailing envelope that identifies your name and return address. 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 — Village Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Monday, December 7, 2020
10 a.m. via
Zoom
Meeting ID: 853 5580 0070
Passcode: 881967

LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding this year’s Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) election. Procedure Committee Chair Sarit Kessel Fuchs and Vice 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 strongly 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, at LWVS.ves@gmail.com.

Upcoming Food for Thought Speaker Event

Action Civics: Empowering Students to be Engaged in our Democracy
Featuring: DeNora Getachew*
Additional Panelists: Martin Mintz** (current New York Program Director of Generation Citizen), John Harrison (SHS Social Studies Department Chair), Steven Goodman (SMS Social Studies Teacher), and student representatives from the SHS School Government
Thursday, November 12, 2020
7:30 pm to 9 pm via Zoom

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In this moment, when citizen and voter participation in our democracy is essential, how may we best equip our youth to carry that awareness through their lives? Learn how experiential civics education can enable and prepare our students with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions for lifelong civic participation in our 21st century democracy. 

Educating and empowering youth about how democracy works is vital to maintaining a strong, inclusive democracy, and the League of Women Voters supports programs that provide students with the information, motivation, and skills to become informed voters and engaged citizens.

Upcoming CNC Election

Citizens’ Nominating Committee Election
Ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Please note: Election Is Mail-In Ballot Only (no in-person voting)

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 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. 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.