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Mission Statement: The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization. We encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. We work to increase the understanding of major public policy issues and influence public policy through education and advocacy.


Change in Schenectady County and a Woman Professional's Viewpoint

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Noon to 2 PM at the Stockade Inn, 1 N. Church Street, Schenectady.

Schenectady County Executive Kathy Rooney will be speaking about changes now and in the future in Schenectady County and the perspective of a woman professional.

Kathleen Rooney has been in government many years. She has seen changes in the County but she foresees significant change in the future. Ms. Rooney is responsible for the County budget which is presented to the Schenectady County Legislature for approval and she has to deal with many of the mandated budget requirements that are non-discretionary.

Luncheon will include a buffet with salads, sandwiches, desserts, and beverage. Cost is $28.

Please make your reservation by SEPTEMBER 4th and send check payable to LWV Schenectady to: Joan Elliott, 1159 Waverly Place, Schenectady, N.Y. 12308, telephone: 346-4414, email. You can download the reservation form here

Please note this is a change of program from the one announced in the previous Bulletin.

Redistricting Forum

September 30--Redistricting Forum

Why is the NYS League supporting the redistricting amendment? You will be asked to vote for or against Proposal 1, the New York Independent Redistricting Amendment on the November 4th ballot. To learn more about the Amendment and find out why the League supports it, come to League's Forum on Redistricting on Tuesday, September 30th from 6 to 7:30 in the McChesney Room of the downtown library. This event is open to the public so tell your friends. You can contact Ruth Bonn for more information.

Would you like to be involved in a study?

The New York State LWV is sponsoring two studies this year and would like the local chapters to form small groups to look at these issues and hold a consensus to develop a new position. More info

The newly forming Agriculture Study Committee met in December to plan for the study. Readings related to the study will were also discussed. (more info)

The League of Women Voters Ballot Access study will examine the role of both the main and third parties in the process of gaining access to the general election ballot. (more info)

Legislative Agenda for 2014

Each year the State LWV develops a list of four or five priority items to follow and lobby for in the NYS Legislature. This year's items

Schenectady Recycles! Seeking New Members

Schenectady Recycles! is a newly formed group with a clear mission and an ambitious, but achievable, goal. The group's goal is to increase recycling in the City of Schenectady from its current 8% to the statewide average of 34%. The group is actively seeking new members to help in this effort. (more info)