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 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.

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.