Recent LWVS Consensus Statements

Please view our “Local Program and Positions webpage”https://lwvs.org/local_program_and_positions.html for all recent LWVS Consensus Statements.

[[Village Election System

On Monday, December 9, 2019, LWVS held its annual general membership information session and consensus meeting regarding the 2019 Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) election. Madelaine Eppenstein presented and answered questions on behalf of the Scarsdale Procedure Committee. Follow this link to view the “2019 CNC Consensus Statement (January 13, 2020)”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vKyyz5vyCUVmuWBIR9fFV9uaaLWvanOO1Hy22-SHz7w/edit?usp=sharing>. For additional background, follow this link to the “Information Session Agenda”<+https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vdQ9gUMwbVsypgXq6wXV_F5KOzf-cJL6> and to the “Procedure Committee’s Preliminary Written Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vnw1MHNwpLJrRrw3AE7C7UhqwiYyLf9a/view?usp=sharing>. For more information, please contact Diane Baylor, LWVS Village Election System Chair, at LWVS.ves@gmail.com.

Proposed SBNC Resolution Amendments

On Monday, December 16, 2019, LWVS held a general membership information session regarding the proposed amendments to the School Board Nominating Committee Resolution. Jordan Copeland, current chair of the Joint Committee, presented and answered questions. Follow this link to the “LWVS Consensus Statement on the Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution (January 10, 2020)”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-CTCrKcFu9-Hqb5M0hoLe2TJr1ySDnOH65ycmiaqLYo/edit?usp=sharing>. For additional background, follow this link to the “LWVS Questions to SBNC Joint Committee and Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_RkNu1HyZvFbUT38GlYgwTS8Vc-nRX24>. For additional information, follow this link to the “Information Session Agenda”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IhDpj3IcC4wjtC0-EvWd5Xnr7MRQCU5G9sBlskqy7rg/edit?usp=sharing> and to the “Joint Committee’s Preliminary Written Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HzxwIBO1B4tnLO9vUM0EAAEZZ3MVI47b/view?usp=sharing>. For more information, please contact Amber Yusuf, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.

School Election System

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, LWVS held its annual general membership information session regarding the recent SBNC Election and Referendum on the Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution. Felicia Block, current chair of the SBNC Administrative Committee, presented and answered questions. Follow this link to view the “2020 SBNC Consensus Statement (February 27, 2020)”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/11NlwbQ9NftwC4oUpgrPecC9YO6C0sUiZ6nezmxZj_kg/edit?usp=sharing>. For additional information, follow this link to view the “Agenda for the Information Session”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hPhNzVGnxbTAgXJlwFiTqEJf0U2keAXYM_PMnSuzHf4/edit?usp=sharing> and the “SBNC Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B76Gg7TRV0tHNktndlNIWDBJUHEtWDBFY19wUk1MSGZMSjFn/view?usp=sharing>. For more information, please contact Amber Yusuf, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.

2020-21 Programming for Local and Westchester County Leagues and Proposed Update to the LWVNYS Position on the Constitutional Convention

On Monday, February 10, 2020, LWVS held its annual general membership and consensus meeting to discuss programming for LWVS to be proposed for adoption at the LWVS Annual Meeting in May (view the proposed “LWVS Local Program for 2020-21″<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BSaoFSK-hYODMBMSgcVJuHRTx9oJhztPrnmtpqnchyM/edit?usp=sharing> and “suggestions for programming for the Westchester County League for the upcoming year”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zygGokGSk82HN3IV-vPgYtmy5lZY2pXKvZjYj4n3iZA/edit?usp=sharing> (to be communicated to the LWVW board for its consideration). In addition, the LWVS discussed a proposed update to the LWVNYS position on the Constitutional Convention (view the “LWVS response to LWVNYS re Constitutional Convention Position”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LM7IN77LLY4FH-CXJ7C–5fvgX7ZbpGv/view?usp=sharing>). For additional background information, follow these links to view the current “LWVS Local Program”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MYlJ-rqS3apXAkCms-7xHRj0wdW7dO18DQ7GRSw8JeU/edit?usp=sharing> and the current “LWVW Program”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RcOZJMUIOnmVcel4FhpfzeTEjBZ-AoE4vd3ZUGZXjGA/edit?usp=sharinghttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1RcOZJMUIOnmVcel4FhpfzeTEjBZ-AoE4vd3ZUGZXjGA/edit?usp=sharing>. Follow this link to view the “materials for use in considering whether LWVNYS should update its position concerning constitutional conventions”<+https://lwvnyonline.org/LLresources/SBR_StateNews/2019/September/LWVNYS-Con-Con-Update-Materials-0919.pdf>.]]

Recent Event — Candidate Forum for Board of Education Election

[[Recent Event — Candidate Forum for Board of Education Election

BOE CANDIDATE FORUM AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING
Follow this link to watch the “Candidate Forum for Board of Education Election”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d1a4GikXBvpX2FqIYKCBEruNxy6uKYON/view?usp=sharing>
Please note that video may take a few moments to load for viewing on a browser.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
8 pm via Zoom Webinar

The LWVS Candidate Forum will also air on Scarsdale Public Television (SPTV) — local Verizon FiOS Channel 42 or Optimum Channel 76 — on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 5:30 pm.

Candidates running for the two at large open seats on the Scarsdale Board of Education appeared to answer questions in a timed format moderated by a trained LWV of Westchester representative.

To register for the webinar and/or to submit an audience question to pose to the candidates, please view our “Candidate Forum webpage”http://www.lwvnet.org/lwv/easyweb/preview/BOECandidateForum.html.

NEW JUNE 7, 2020, EXECUTIVE ORDER CONCERNING VOTING: Governor Cuomo has extended the deadline for receipt of mailed absentee ballots for the School Budget Vote/School Board Election up to and including Tuesday, June 16, 2020, and has authorized the acceptance of hand-delivered absentee ballots on or before Tuesday, June 9, 2020.[[ Scarsdale School District voters should have received their ballots by mail on either Friday, May 29 or Saturday, May 30, 2020.

If you did not receive your ballot, you may find out if you are registered to vote in this election by completing this “poll place finder form”<+https://es.findmypollplace.com/scarsdaleufsd/AmIRegistered>.

If you are a qualified voter but not yet registered with the Scarsdale Public School District or the Westchester County Board of Elections, you may register electronically by June 2, 2020. Follow this link to “register to vote and receive an absentee ballot for the School District Election only”<+https://www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/cms/lib/NY01001205/Centricity/Domain/5/AbsenteeBallotRequestFormFillable.pdf>.

Visit the “School District Voter Information page”<+https://www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=26407> for additional details concerning procedures relevant to the School Budget Vote/School Board Election.

Email LWVSVoterservice@gmail.com with questions.]]

Upcoming Event — Annual Meeting

[[Upcoming Event — Annual Meeting

LWVS Annual Meeting

Friday, May 8, 2020

9:30 am via Zoom

Though we will not be gathering for a spring luncheon this year, we will be holding our annual meeting as originally scheduled but starting slightly earlier in the day. 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”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RvsVil6e02xUk_X8Wy7FO97HPyJdf9mBj3_F6oV34aM/edit?usp=sharing> (Zoom link included).]]

Upcoming Event — Program Consensus Meeting

[[Upcoming Event — Program Consensus Meeting

LWVS General Membership and Consensus Meeting
2020-21 Programming for Local and Westchester County Leagues and Proposed Update to the LWVNYS Position on the Constitutional Convention
Monday, February 10, 2020
10:30 a.m. at Village Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room



LWVS will hold its annual general membership and consensus meeting to discuss programming for LWVS (to be proposed for adoption at the LWVS Annual Meeting in May) and suggestions for programming for the Westchester County League for the upcoming year (to be communicated to the LWVW board for its consideration). In addition, we will discuss a proposed update to the LWVNYS position on the Constitutional Convention.

Follow these links to view the current “LWVS Local Program”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MYlJ-rqS3apXAkCms-7xHRj0wdW7dO18DQ7GRSw8JeU/edit?usp=sharing> and the current “LWVW Program”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RcOZJMUIOnmVcel4FhpfzeTEjBZ-AoE4vd3ZUGZXjGA/edit?usp=sharinghttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1RcOZJMUIOnmVcel4FhpfzeTEjBZ-AoE4vd3ZUGZXjGA/edit?usp=sharing>. Follow this link to view the “materials for use in considering whether LWVNYS should update its position concerning constitutional conventions”<+https://lwvnyonline.org/LLresources/SBR_StateNews/2019/September/LWVNYS-Con-Con-Update-Materials-0919.pdf>.]]

Upcoming Village Election

[[Upcoming Village Election

2020 Scarsdale Village Election for Village Trustees and Village Justice
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
NEW DATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 6 am to 9 pm
Scarsdale Congregational Church
1 Heathcote Road




IMPORTANT NOTICE: Village Elections Postponed by Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order

New election date: April 28, 2020 — same as the NYS Presidential Primaries

For additional information, please read the “Governor’s press release”<+https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-issues-executive-order-delaying-village-elections>, dated March 16, 2020

Village hall will keep all previously submitted absentee ballots secured until the new election date.

Pertinent Deadlines:
*Friday, March 6, 2020: Last day to postmark voter registration form or to register in person
*Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Last day for the Scarsdale Village Clerk to receive an “application for an absentee ballot”<+https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting/absentee-ballots> to be mailed to a qualified voter (also available at Village Hall, on the first floor window at the Village Clerk’s office)
*Monday, March 16, 2020, at 5 pm: Last day to personally deliver an “application for an absentee ballot”<+https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting/absentee-ballots> in order to receive an absentee ballot in person at Scarsdale Village Hall

For more information, call the Village Clerk’s office at (914) 722-1175.

According to State Election Law, a Village election may be postponed only through a directive from the Governor. As of now, the Village Trustee election will occur as scheduled.

As per the Village, precautionary safeguards will be in place at the voting location including gloves and hand sanitizers; the voting equipment will be wiped down continuously.

In addition, as per the Village Clerk, completed absentee ballots may be returned on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to the polling site.

If you have any questions, please contact: LWVSvoterservice@gmail.com]]

Recent Event — Mock Presidential Primary for SMS Students

[[Recent Event — Mock Presidential Primary for SMS Students

NEW EVENT: Mock Presidential Primary
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Scarsdale Middle School

LWVS representatives will be running a mock Presidential Primary on Super Tuesday. During their Social Studies classes, all middle school students will be able to privately “register” with a political party and cast their vote at the “polling booth.” Information sheets regarding the candidates appearing on the ballot will be provided to the students so they can be informed voters.

Individuals interested in serving as “poll workers” for a 2-hour shift during the school day should email LWVSyouthprograms@gmail.com.]]

Upcoming Event — School Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting

[[Upcoming Event — School Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting

NEW DATE: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

9 a.m. at Village Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room


LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding the recent SBNC Election and Referendum on the Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution. Felicia Block, current chair of the SBNC Administrative Committee, will present and answer questions. All members of the public are welcome to attend. A consensus discussion will immediately follow the information session for purposes of making recommendations to the Administrative Committee. Only League members may be present for the consensus discussion.

Follow this link to view the “Agenda for the Information Session”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hPhNzVGnxbTAgXJlwFiTqEJf0U2keAXYM_PMnSuzHf4/edit?usp=sharing> and the “SBNC Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B76Gg7TRV0tHNktndlNIWDBJUHEtWDBFY19wUk1MSGZMSjFn/view?usp=sharing>.

For more information, please contact Amber Yusuf, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.]]

Recent Event — Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution Information Session and Consensus Meeting

[[Recent Event — Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Monday, December 16, 2019

9 a.m. at Village Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room


LWVS held a general membership information session regarding the proposed amendments to the School Board Nominating Committee Resolution. Jordan Copeland, current chair of the Joint Committee, presented and answered questions. All members of the public were welcome to attend. A consensus discussion immediately followed the information session for purposes of making recommendations to the Joint Committee. Only League members may be present for the consensus discussion.

Follow this link to the “LWVS Consensus Statement on the Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution (January 10, 2020)”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-CTCrKcFu9-Hqb5M0hoLe2TJr1ySDnOH65ycmiaqLYo/edit?usp=sharing>.

The SBNC Joint Committee is the body that reviews and proposes amendments to the SBNC Resolution. The SBNC Administrative Committee is the body that solicits candidates for SBNC and runs the SBNC election and referendum on the amendments, if any. The SBNC is the body that vets applicants and nominates the proposed slate for the Scarsdale Board of Education. The School Board Nominating Committee Resolution is the document that governs the School District’s non-partisan election system.

Follow this link to the “LWVS Questions to SBNC Joint Committee and Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_RkNu1HyZvFbUT38GlYgwTS8Vc-nRX24>.

Follow this link to the “Information Session Agenda”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IhDpj3IcC4wjtC0-EvWd5Xnr7MRQCU5G9sBlskqy7rg/edit?usp=sharing> and to the “Joint Committee’s Preliminary Written Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HzxwIBO1B4tnLO9vUM0EAAEZZ3MVI47b/view?usp=sharing>.

For more information, please contact Amber Yusuf, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.]]

Upcoming Event — Village Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting

[[Upcoming Event — Village Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting

Monday, December 9, 2019

10:30 a.m. at Village Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room


LWVS will hold its annual general membership information session regarding this year’s Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) election. Madelaine Eppenstein will be present to answer questions on behalf of the Scarsdale Procedure Committee. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

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 “Information Session Agenda”<+https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vdQ9gUMwbVsypgXq6wXV_F5KOzf-cJL6> and to the “Procedure Committee’s Preliminary Written Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vnw1MHNwpLJrRrw3AE7C7UhqwiYyLf9a/view?usp=sharing>.

For more information, please contact Diane Baylor, LWVS Village Election System Chair, at LWVS.ves@gmail.com.]]

Upcoming Event — Food for Thought Luncheon

[[Upcoming Event — Food for Thought Luncheon

“Food for Thought Luncheon”
<+http://www.lwvs.org/food_for_thought_fall2019.html>

Featuring Ryan Goodman

Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law at NYU School of Law

Ukraine and the Impeachment Process
What are the strongest arguments on either side? What’s next?


NEW DATE: Friday, November 8, 2019

11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Scarsdale Golf Club]]

Upcoming Event — A Conversation with Mimi Rocah

[[Upcoming Event — A Conversation with Mimi Rocah

A Conversation with Mimi Rocah

Joint Program with the Scarsdale Forum and the Scarsdale Public Library

Sunday, October 20, 2019

3 pm at Scarsdale Woman’s Club

Mimi Rocah is a Legal Analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, the current Distinguished Fellow of Criminal Justice at Pace University Law School, and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She will provide her perspective and insight on questions surrounding the rule of law, criminal investigations, equal justice and the U.S. Constitution that dominate the current cultural and political conversation.]]

Recent Event — Candidate Forum for Board of Education Election

[[Recent Event — Candidate Forum for Board of Education Election

BOE CANDIDATE FORUM AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING
Follow this link to watch the “Candidate Forum for Board of Education Election”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d1a4GikXBvpX2FqIYKCBEruNxy6uKYON/view?usp=sharing>
Please note that video may take a few moments to load for viewing on a browser.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
8 pm via Zoom Webinar

[[The LWVS Candidate Forum will also air on Scarsdale Public Television (SPTV) — local Verizon FiOS Channel 42 or Optimum Channel 76 — on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 5:30 pm.
]]
Candidates running for the two at large open seats on the Scarsdale Board of Education appeared to answer questions in a timed format moderated by a trained LWV of Westchester representative.
[[ To register for the webinar and/or to submit an audience question to pose to the candidates, please view our “Candidate Forum webpage”http://www.lwvnet.org/lwv/easyweb/preview/BOECandidateForum.html.]]

NEW JUNE 7, 2020, EXECUTIVE ORDER CONCERNING VOTING: Governor Cuomo has extended the deadline for receipt of mailed absentee ballots for the School Budget Vote/School Board Election up to and including Tuesday, June 16, 2020, and has authorized the acceptance of hand-delivered absentee ballots on or before Tuesday, June 9, 2020.[[ Scarsdale School District voters should have received their ballots by mail on either Friday, May 29 or Saturday, May 30, 2020.

If you did not receive your ballot, you may find out if you are registered to vote in this election by completing this “poll place finder form”<+https://es.findmypollplace.com/scarsdaleufsd/AmIRegistered>.

If you are a qualified voter but not yet registered with the Scarsdale Public School District or the Westchester County Board of Elections, you may register electronically by June 2, 2020. Follow this link to “register to vote and receive an absentee ballot for the School District Election only”<+https://www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/cms/lib/NY01001205/Centricity/Domain/5/AbsenteeBallotRequestFormFillable.pdf>.
]]
Visit the “School District Voter Information page”<+https://www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=26407> for additional details concerning procedures relevant to the School Budget Vote/School Board Election.

Email LWVSVoterservice@gmail.com with questions.]]

Upcoming Event — LWVS Membership Coffee

[[Upcoming Event — LWVS Membership Coffee

LWVS Membership Coffee

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

9:30 am at a private home

Join us for coffee and conversation to learn about the League. Our special guest, Vanessa H. Merton, Professor of Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and director of the Immigration Justice Clinic of John Jay Legal Services, Inc., will discuss the current crisis at the southern U.S. border as well as various aspects of immigration, including asylum.]]

LWVS Board 2019-20

[[LWVS Board 2019-20]]

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[[Have a wonderful summer! Look for exciting League events in the Fall!]]

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Have a wonderful summer! Look for exciting League events in the Fall!DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!>

STATE PRIMARY ELECTION DAY TODAY!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH

Scarsdale voters currently registered with the Democratic party can vote for primary candidates for NYS Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and State Senator for Dist. 35.

Scarsdale voters currently registered with the Reform party can vote for primary candidates for NYS Attorney General.

For more information visit our “Voter Information Page”http://www.lwvs.org/voterinfo.html.

Curious About Who’s Representing You in National, State, County and Local Government?
Check out the “LWV They Represent You brochure – May 2018″<+files/TRY_May_2019.pdf> available online.




LWVS Co-President, Janice Starr, represented
the Scarsdale League
at the LWV National Convention in Chicago
June 28 – July 1

From left to right: Janice Starr (LWV Scarsdale), Sheila Miller Bernson (LWV New Castle), Jennifer Wilson (LWV New York State), Laura Bierman (LWV New York State), Suzanne Kavic (LWV New Castle) and Jennifer Mebes Flagg (LWV New Castle).



Jodie Reaver of the New Castle League holds the “New York” contingent sign on the National Convention floor.




UPCOMING EVENTS

*LWVS Membership Coffee – Tues. October 9th at 9AM – 65 Church Lane

*LWVS General Membership Mtg/Consensus Mtg on Proposed Amendments to Non-Partisan Resolution – Monday, Oct. 22nd at 10:30AM – Village Hall, 3rd floor

*LWVS Food for Thought Luncheon – Thurs. November 1st at 11:45AM – Scarsdale Golf Club

*LWVS General Membership/Consensus Meetings on the Village Election System – Mon. December 10 at 9AM – Village Hall, 3rd fl.

*Last day to submit student applications for the “STUDENTS INSIDE ALBANY” Conference. For more information go to the “Youth Programs”<+http://www.lwvs.org/youth.html> page.

*Joint SPL/LWVS/Scarsdale Forum Film Screening: “JFK’s Last Speech” – Sun. February 10 at 3PM – Scarsdale Woman’s Club

*LWVS General Membership/Consensus Meetings on the 2019-20 Programming for our local and Westchester County Leagues – Mon. February 11 at 10:30AM – Village Hall, 3rd fl.

*LWVS General Membership Mtg/Consensus Mtg on the Proposed 2019-2020 School Budget – Monday, March 4th at 10:30AM – Village Hall, 3rd floor

*DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! – VILLAGE ELECTIONS – Tuesday, March 19th at Village Hall – Polls open 6AM – 9PM

*Film screening of “A River Returns: A History of the Bronx River” – Sunday, March 24 at 3PM-5PM in the SHS Little Theater

*LWVS General Membership Mtg/Consensus Mtg on the Proposed 2019-2020 Village Budget – Monday, April 8th at 10:30AM – Village Hall, 3rd floor

*LWVS Community Book Discussion – Thurs. April 25th at 10AM – location: 65 Church Lane

*LWVS Annual Meeting & Luncheon – Friday, May 10th at 10AM – Scarsdale Golf Club

**DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! – SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE AND BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTIONS – Tuesday, May 21st at the Middle School – Polls open 7AM – 9PM




ANNOUNCEMENTS

*THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS IS RED HOT NOW – Read about the “new chapter”<+https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/02/09/league-of-women-voters-seeing-sudden-surge-in-membership/?utm_term=.eea84d4a5d73> begun in November; at its second meeting, 150 passionate activists surged through the doors to hear what they could do with a League. You can take pride in our image as a force for democracy. Your efforts have a wide reach.

*STATE PRIMARY ELECTION DAY: SEPTEMBER 13TH (Note: This Primary has been moved to Thursday) Scarsdale voters currently registered with the Democratic party can vote for primary candidates for NYS Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and State Senator for Dist. 35; those currently registered with the Reform party can vote for primary candidates for NYS Attorney General. For more information visit our “Voter Information Page”http://www.lwvs.org/voterinfo.html.

Help the LWVS pick our next book group book! Click “LWVS Book Group Ideas” for details and RSVP with your vote to janice.starr@gmail.com. Curious About Who’s Representing You in National, State, County and Local Government? Check out the “LWV They Represent You brochure – May 2019″<+files/TRY_May_2019.pdf> available online.
*Read the League’s latest “Consensus Statement on the Proposed Village Budget for 2019-2020″<+files/Village_Budget_Consensus_2019_2020.pdf>. You can also find the statement on our “Stand on Issues”<+http://www.lwvs.org/issues.html> webpage under the ANNUAL CONSENSUS STATEMENTS heading
*Read the League’s “Consensus Statement on the Proposed School Budget for 2019-2020″<+files/School_Budget_2019_2020.pdf>. You can also find the statement on our “Stand on Issues”<+http://www.lwvs.org/issues.html> webpage under the ANNUAL CONSENSUS STATEMENTS heading
*Read the League’s “Consensus Statement on the SBNC Election”<+files/SBNC_2019.pdf>. You can also find the statement on our “Stand on Issues”<+http://www.lwvs.org/issues.html> webpage under the ANNUAL CONSENSUS STATEMENTS heading
*Read the League’s “Consensus Statement on the Propositions Amending the BOE Policies on Candidates and Electioneering (2120.1) and Voting Procedures and Voter Registration (2120.2)”<+files/Prop_Amending_BOE_Policies_Voting_and_Candidates_Consensus_Feb_2019.pdf>. You can also find the statement on our “Stand on Issues”<+http://www.lwvs.org/issues.html> webpage under the TOPICAL CONSENSUS STATEMENTS heading
*Read the League Board’s newest statement on “Board of Education Gift Policy and Recognition of Donors”<+files/BOE_Gift_Donor_Rec_statement_Jan_2019.pdf>. You can also find the statement on our “Stand on Issues”<+http://www.lwvs.org/issues.html> webpage under the TOPICAL CONSENSUS STATEMENTS heading
*Read the League’s “Consensus Statement on the 2018 CNC Election”<+files/CNC_Consensus_Statement_2018.pdf>. You can also find the statement on our “Stand on Issues”<+http://www.lwvs.org/issues.html> webpage under the ANNUAL CONSENSUS STATEMENTS heading
*VOTING REFORMS IN NEW YORK – After more than three decades of advocating by the LWVNY, on January 14th, 2019 the New York State legislature finally passed a package of comprehensive voting reforms that will totally transform New York’s election operations! This package ncludes:
- Early voting - Same day voter registration - No-excuse absentee voting - Pre-registration of 16 and 17 year olds - Primary consolidation - State-wide voter registration transfer - Closure of the LLC loophole<br> Read more on our “Advocacy and Action”<+http://www.lwvs.org/lwv_happenings.html> page
*Interested in “Where Your Scarsdale Property Tax Dollars Go?” Take a look at the “slide presentation” from the recent informational event co-sponsored by the LWVS and the Scarsdale Forum

  • LWVSSPRING 2019 Bulletin“<+files/Bulletin_Spring_2019.pdf> available online. Read it now.
  • APRIL 2019 ISSUE OF LWVNYS State Voter NOW AVAILABLE: Check out what is happening in the League on the state level with the most recent copy of the “LWVNYS State Voter”<+https://myemail.constantcontact.com/April-2019-State-League-Voter.html?soid=1102704766323&aid=A8XLNT41rwc>.

*Go to “LWV Voters Guide 2018 – Part I”<+https://www.lwvnyonline.org/advocacy/vote/2018/Voters-Guide_1_2018_final.pdf> for more voting information.

  • The LWVS is proud to release its newly updated version of “This is Scarsdale”. This comprehensive community resource directory contains vital information on many facets of life in Scarsdale for both new comers and established residents.
  • The League of Women Voters is 95 years strong! “Click here”<+http://lwv.org/blog/10-ways-league-women-voters-has-helped-improve-our-country> to find out ten ways the LWV has improved our country.
  • “Victory Postponed. Regular Meeting Next Thursday”…read the interesting story of “Scarsdale’s Suffragists”

“Madelaine Eppenstein, Scarsdale Procedure Committee Chair (left), and Diane Baylor, LWVS Village Election Portfolio Chair, after the League’s public information meeting on the recent CNC election.””Wendy Grendel, Chair of SBNC Administrative Committee (left), and Elissa Ruback, chair of the League School Election portfolio at the LWVS Information/Consensus meeting on the SBNC Election”

“LWVS Co-President, Janice Starr, represented the Scarsdale League
at the LWV National Convention in Chicago”

“LWVS Board member, Cindy Dunne, and Annual Luncheon 2018 speaker, Andy Weber, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs under President Barak Obama””LWVS Co-President, Janice Starr, and Jane Veron, Village Trustee and former LWVS President, at the 2018 LWVS Annual Luncheon””LWVS’s Deb Morel, Joan Frankle and Amy Cooper at the United Nations”

Members of the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale attended “League Day at the United Nations” on Thursday, November 17th, sponsored by the New York State League of Women Voters and co-sponsored by The United Nations Department of Public Information, Zonta International District 4 and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. The Scarsdale Leaguers, Amy Cooper, Joan Frankle, Joan Mazur and Deb Morel, joined members of Leagues from all over the state for a tour of the United Nations facilities, lunch in the UN dining room and private briefings by UN experts on the topics of the global Refugee Crisis and Migration Issues, lead by Bela Hovy, Chief of the Migration Section, Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and Counter-Terrorism, lead by Mattias Sundholm, Communications Advisor to the UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.

“This is an event that the New York State League sponsors every year, and it’s always a wonderful experience,” said Deb Morel. “The speakers this year were incredibly interesting and impressive, and their willingness to discuss these very important issues and get feedback from League members is very encouraging”

“LWVS’s June Reidenburg handing out literature to new American citizens at Naturalization Court”


“LWVS’s Lisa Eisenstein and Diane Greenwald teaching Scarsdale students about the history of voting rights””2016 Food For Thought Luncheon, L-R: Mary Beth Evans, Renee Baylor, Diane Baylor”[[Invited to teach the 5th graders at Quaker Ridge School about the history of voting rights in the United States, LWVS Board members Lisa Eisenstein and Diane Greenwald dressed as early 20th century Suffragists to make their message come alive! The lesson included a ‘boys only’ class voting exercise, completing restrictive voter registration packets from 1963 and taking real literacy tests once administered in Louisiana. The students learned that voting is a right that citizens should exercise as their civic duty, and have voting access to no matter their gender, race, religion, education or income.

“LWVS’s 2017 Food For Thought Luncheon”




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LWVS Information Session and Consensus Meetings (School Budget and Village Budget)

[[LWVS Information Session and Consensus Meetings (School Budget and Village Budget)

The annual LWVS Information Session and Consensus Meeting on the School Budget, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020, has been cancelled. Follow this link for the “District Answers to LWVS Questions re Proposed 2020-21 School Budget”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WkILMkFUw9vhPkgWR2u2yYHkoA9DBtjl/view?usp=sharing>. Follow this link for the “LWVS Board’s Comments re the Proposed 2020-21 School Budget, issued on Monday, March 23, 2020″<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iczWZ-tkqeodMb8NvDPTZbgKZX5y6YK593dtwZdg1m0/edit?usp=sharing>, the “LWVS Board’s Comments re Staffing, issued on Monday, March 30, 2020″<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YPjF3GW4U8148WXaP2En09E_lvbuDBAhOS59CfQ36ZM/edit?usp=sharing>, and the final/comprehensive “LWVS Board’s Comments re Proposed 2020-21 School Budget, issued on Monday, May 4, 2020″<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wJ6mQxbBdpsDHe3xrACUUf9NfwVfkmRfHjMmZwHbGTI/edit?usp=sharing>.

The same is true for the annual LWVS Information Session and Consensus Meeting on the Village Budget, originally scheduled for Monday, March 30, 3030. Follow this link for the “Village Tentative Annual Budget 2020-21″<+https://www.scarsdale.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/135> and for the “Village Capital Budget Presentation”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-VU_rx6PRIV2JjJfM_ipPb6-DULMrsm8/view?usp=sharing>. Follow this link for the “Village Answers to LWVS Questions re Proposed 2020-21 Village Budget”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qauzo_XSCNR5uXFY0kVGCdMGHxiyyCHS5q-bskgoczE/edit?usp=sharing> and for the “LWVS Board’s Comments re the Proposed 2020-21 Village Budget, issued on Tuesday, April 15, 2020″<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S5JfjLjSOnQrStDfwc9OIBxRwmsvj7S9gQrvYJyDAk0/edit?usp=sharing>.

Please stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available.]]

RECENT LWVS CONSENSUS STATEMENTS

Please view our Local Program and Positions webpage for all recent LWVS Consensus Statements.


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[[Village Election System

On Monday, December 9, 2019, LWVS held its annual general membership information session and consensus meeting regarding the 2019 Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) election. Madelaine Eppenstein presented and answered questions on behalf of the Scarsdale Procedure Committee. Follow this link to view the “2019 CNC Consensus Statement (January 13, 2020)”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vKyyz5vyCUVmuWBIR9fFV9uaaLWvanOO1Hy22-SHz7w/edit?usp=sharing>. For additional background, follow this link to the “Information Session Agenda”<+https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vdQ9gUMwbVsypgXq6wXV_F5KOzf-cJL6> and to the “Procedure Committee’s Preliminary Written Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vnw1MHNwpLJrRrw3AE7C7UhqwiYyLf9a/view?usp=sharing>. For more information, please contact Diane Baylor, LWVS Village Election System Chair, at LWVS.ves@gmail.com.

Proposed SBNC Resolution Amendments

On Monday, December 16, 2019, LWVS held a general membership information session regarding the proposed amendments to the School Board Nominating Committee Resolution. Jordan Copeland, current chair of the Joint Committee, presented and answered questions. Follow this link to the “LWVS Consensus Statement on the Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution (January 10, 2020)”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-CTCrKcFu9-Hqb5M0hoLe2TJr1ySDnOH65ycmiaqLYo/edit?usp=sharing>. For additional background, follow this link to the “LWVS Questions to SBNC Joint Committee and Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_RkNu1HyZvFbUT38GlYgwTS8Vc-nRX24>. For additional information, follow this link to the “Information Session Agenda”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IhDpj3IcC4wjtC0-EvWd5Xnr7MRQCU5G9sBlskqy7rg/edit?usp=sharing> and to the “Joint Committee’s Preliminary Written Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HzxwIBO1B4tnLO9vUM0EAAEZZ3MVI47b/view?usp=sharing>. For more information, please contact Amber Yusuf, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.

School Election System

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, LWVS held its annual general membership information session regarding the recent SBNC Election and Referendum on the Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution. Felicia Block, current chair of the SBNC Administrative Committee, presented and answered questions. Follow this link to view the “2020 SBNC Consensus Statement (February 27, 2020)”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/11NlwbQ9NftwC4oUpgrPecC9YO6C0sUiZ6nezmxZj_kg/edit?usp=sharing>. For additional information, follow this link to view the “Agenda for the Information Session”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hPhNzVGnxbTAgXJlwFiTqEJf0U2keAXYM_PMnSuzHf4/edit?usp=sharing> and the “SBNC Responses”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B76Gg7TRV0tHNktndlNIWDBJUHEtWDBFY19wUk1MSGZMSjFn/view?usp=sharing>. For more information, please contact Amber Yusuf, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.

2020-21 Programming for Local and Westchester County Leagues and Proposed Update to the LWVNYS Position on the Constitutional Convention

On Monday, February 10, 2020, LWVS held its annual general membership and consensus meeting to discuss programming for LWVS to be proposed for adoption at the LWVS Annual Meeting in May (view the proposed “LWVS Local Program for 2020-21″<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BSaoFSK-hYODMBMSgcVJuHRTx9oJhztPrnmtpqnchyM/edit?usp=sharing> and “suggestions for programming for the Westchester County League for the upcoming year”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zygGokGSk82HN3IV-vPgYtmy5lZY2pXKvZjYj4n3iZA/edit?usp=sharing> (to be communicated to the LWVW board for its consideration). In addition, the LWVS discussed a proposed update to the LWVNYS position on the Constitutional Convention (view the “LWVS response to LWVNYS re Constitutional Convention Position”<+https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LM7IN77LLY4FH-CXJ7C–5fvgX7ZbpGv/view?usp=sharing>). For additional background information, follow these links to view the current “LWVS Local Program”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MYlJ-rqS3apXAkCms-7xHRj0wdW7dO18DQ7GRSw8JeU/edit?usp=sharing> and the current “LWVW Program”<+https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RcOZJMUIOnmVcel4FhpfzeTEjBZ-AoE4vd3ZUGZXjGA/edit?usp=sharinghttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1RcOZJMUIOnmVcel4FhpfzeTEjBZ-AoE4vd3ZUGZXjGA/edit?usp=sharing>. Follow this link to view the “materials for use in considering whether LWVNYS should update its position concerning constitutional conventions”<+https://lwvnyonline.org/LLresources/SBR_StateNews/2019/September/LWVNYS-Con-Con-Update-Materials-0919.pdf>.]]

RECENT EVENT — CANDIDATE FORUM FOR VILLAGE TRUSTEES ELECTION

Follow this link to view the Candidate Forum for Village Trustees Election
Please note that video may take a few moments to load for viewing on a browser.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:30-9:30 pm at Rutherford Hall, Village Hall

Candidates running for the three at large open seats on the Village Board of Trustees appeared to answer questions in a timed format moderated by a trained LWV of Westchester representative.

COVID-19 UPDATE

For the latest information concerning COVID-related changes to the election dates and voter registration deadlines, please visit the Voter Info page of our website.

Follow this link to view all NYS Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor. Additional information will be posted when available.


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For the latest information concerning COVID-related changes to the election dates and voter registration deadlines, please visit the “Voter Info page”https://lwvs.org/voterinfo.html of our website.

[[Follow this link for the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Situation Summary”<+https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html> concerning COVID-19.



*New York Democratic Presidential Primary, which had been cancelled by the Democratic members of the New York Board of Elections, has now been reinstated for Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in accordance with a ruling by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres that the cancellation was unconstitutional. All other federal, state, and local elections that had been scheduled for June 23, 2020, are still on. Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring Boards of Elections to send all voters a postage-paid absentee ballot application for any primary or special elections to be held on that date. Boards of Elections must also make available at their offices a voting system that is accessible for voters wishing to mark their ballot privately and independently.
*All village & town elections scheduled to be held in March, April, May, or June will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
*School board/budget elections are scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and will be held via mail with return postage included. Each school district will send out postcard notice which details the date of the election, date of budget hearing, definition of qualified voter, and an absentee ballot.

The Governor’s order recognizes that absentee ballot requests submitted before his Executive Orders on absentee voting will still be valid without further action by the voter.


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Follow this link to view all “NYS Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor”<+https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders>. Additional information will be posted when available.
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Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 has been postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections. Absentee ballots for the Village Election received on or before March 18, 2020, are still considered valid at this time, absent any further Governor’s Executive Orders or new State laws providing otherwise. For more information, follow this link to the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) “FAQ page dated April 14, 2020, concerning postponed March Village Elections”<+https://www.nycom.org/images/documents/COVID19/Village_Elections_FAQs_-_Postponed_Elections._April_14.pdf>.


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[[The League of Women Voters of the United States officially calls on all states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia to expand no-excuse absentee voting and mail-in ballots for the duration of the 2020 election cycle. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, it is imperative for state election officials to address voters’ and poll workers’ fears by limiting the need to cast an in-person ballot. The time to act is now. Follow this link to read the full “LWVUS press release”<+https://www.lwv.org/newsroom/press-releases/lwv-calls-states-expand-absentee-and-mail-voting>. Also, please see “NYS Senate Bill 8015A”<+https://www.nysenate.gov//legislation/bills/2019/S8015> relating to absentee voting.


To advocate for no-excuse absentee voting in New York State during the 2020 election season, please contact our elected officials:

“Assemblywoman Amy Paulin”<+https://nyassembly.gov/mem/Amy-Paulin/contact>

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

“Governor Andrew Cuomo”<+https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form>]]

RECENT LWVW EVENT — CANDIDATE FORUM FOR CD 16 PRIMARY

League of Women Voters of Westchester
Candidate Forum for Congressional District 16 Democratic Primary Election
Sunday, June 7, 2020
5 pm via Zoom Webinar

The CD 16 area includes parts of the northern Bronx, Ardsley, Eastchester, part of Greenburgh, Hastings, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Mt Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham, Rye City, part of Rye town, part of Scarsdale, and Yonkers. The candidates include Jamaal Bowman, Eliot W. Engel, Chris Fink, and Sammy Ravelo.

Forum replays will be accessible on the LWV of Westchester website and other local League websites and social media. Local cable groups are invited to replay the forum through election day.


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[[Follow this link to “register for the webinar”<+https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eCOQpQFYQc6kx0ISeITB8Q>. Members of the public may “submit audience questions for the candidates”https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMYi2MPR0oPdw0Quep7ncTvzIfn75WDrb_66te6yIbtn7IZA/viewform until June 5, 2020.
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RECENT EVENT — PROGRAM WITH ELAINE WEISS

Program Featuring Author Elaine Weiss
NEW DATE: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Follow this link to view the webinar .
 Please note that video may take a few moments to load for viewing on a browser.

Elaine Weiss is a Baltimore-based journalist and author, whose feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her byline has appeared in many national publications, as well as in reports for National Public Radio. Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize “Editor’s Choice” award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow.

Weiss’s most recent book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote (Viking/Penguin) has won critical acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and The New Yorker, hailed as a “riveting, nail-biting political thriller” with powerful parallels to today’s political environment. The Woman’s Hour was a Goodreads Readers’ Choice Award winner, short-listed for the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, and received the American Bar Association’s highest honor, the 2019 Silver Gavel Award.

Steven Speilberg’s Amblin production company is adapting the book for TV, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as Executive Producer.

EARLY VOTING INFORMATION FOR SCARSDALE RESIDENTS — JUNE PRIMARY

The early voting period for the June 23, 2020, Primary Elections will be from Saturday, June 13 through Sunday, June 21, 2020. The early voting polling location for Scarsdale is the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709

Follow this link for Early Voting Information and Hours

If you have voted by absentee ballot, please complete this LWVNYS Absentee Voting survey, intended to assess the expanded absentee voting procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak and inform future advocacy to reform New York State’s absentee voting process.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.