New York State
SAVE THE DATE!
March 10, 2020
CHAMPION FOR CHANGE: An Intimate Conversation with Barbara Bartoletti
NYS Cultural Education Center
Join Barbara Bartoletti, former Legislative Director for the League of Women Voters of New York State, and Liz Benjamin, journalist and Managing Director of Marathon Strategies, for an evening of honor and celebration. A tireless advocate and full-time volunteer who served as a voice for citizens and a force for change, Barbara will share a few of the many highlights, accomplishments and challenges spanning her 40+ year career—including passage of the Clean Indoor Air Act and the continued push for campaign finance reform and government transparency.
Co-sponsored by The League of Women Voters of NYS Education Foundation and the Archives Partnership Trust.
- State League Testimony before NYS Senate Public Hearing on Foundation Aid, Dec 3, 2019
- LWV of NYC Testimony before NYS Senate Public Hearing on Foundation Aid, Dec. 3, 2019.
- LWVNYS New York State Independent Redistricting Commission Facts (11/12/2019)
- Press Release on Redistricting Formation Deadline (11/12/2019)
- League sends letter to all members of Legislature regarding Independent Redistricting Commission formation deadline (11/12/2019)
- League Signs Letter to Public Campaign Financing Commission Urging Early Release of Recommendations (10/7/2019)
- League Testimony before NYS Public Campaign Financing Commission (9/10/2019)
- League Joins Other Groups Urging NYS Public Financing Commission to Stay Focused on Campaign Finance Reform (8/27/2019)
GOVERNOR & BILLS
- Report on Early Voting Survey (11/27/2019)
- Early Voting Testimony Before Joint Committee on Election Law and Early Voting Survey Report (11/20/2019)
- PRESS RELEASE (7/26/2019)
LWVNYS and LWVUS join others to send a notice letter warning the Rensselaer County Board of Elections that disclosure of DMV voter registration information to ICE blatantly violates the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)
100 YEARS AND BEYOND: CELEBRATING THE STATE LEAGUE'S CENTENNIAL
Check out our Photo Gallery!
HISTORIES OF THE STATE AND LOCAL LEAGUES IN NYS
In celebration of the state League’s 100th anniversary, we have published two books: one commemorating the state League’s 100 years and one of histories from many of our local Leagues. Purchase your copies now!
- A Force to Reckon With: A Centennial History of the League of Women Voters of New York State.
- Forces to Reckon With: A Collection of Histories of the Local Leagues in New York State.
CELEBRATING OUR 100th ANNIVERSARIES
LWVNYS will be 100 years old on November 19, 2019; LWVUS will be 100 years old on February 14, 2020; The 19th Amendment giving women the vote was officially added to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. We have a lot to celebrate! And more to do reach the goals of the suffragists and really make democracy work for everyone. Here are some resources to help your League celebrate. Contact Joan Johnson & Barbara Thomas , co-chairs of the 100th Anniversary Events Committee for more information.
2019 LEAGUE DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS
December 4, 2019
Topic of Briefings: Climate Change
Summary of Speakers
TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HOW TO ENGAGE IN POLITICS
The state League and the NYS Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A) are pleased to announce the publication of seven lesson plans on state and local government for teachers of the New York Grade 12 Participation in Government course.
ROAD TO THE VOTING BOOTH (RESOURCES FOR LOCAL LEAGUES)
- Part I Handbook for Voter Service Directors
- Part II Handbook for Candidate Events
- Part IIA Toolkit for Candidate Events (Samples and Examples)
- Part III How to Conduct a Successful Voter Registration Drive
- Part IIIA Toolkit for Voter Registration Drives (Samples and Examples)
- Get Out the Vote Toolkit (Samples and Examples)
- 2019 Guidelines for Candidate Events
JOIN THE STATE LEAGUE'S EFFORTS TO REVIEW ITS POSITIONS
We are looking forward to working with local Leagues and members on the two specific updates approved at Convention in June (Constitutional Convention Position and Financing Healthcare) and the first two of our planned updates of different sections of Impact on Issues (Election Law and Government.) A thorough and complete review of Impact has been a major theme of program planning for the last couple years and was made more feasible by the recent changes made by the board to the update and study processes. Read more
STATE NEWS FOR LOCAL LEAGUES
- 2018-19 Education Foundation Annual Report
- State Board of Elections Petition Filing Calendar
- League’s Education Foundation 2017-18 Annual Report
The accomplishments of the League’s Education Foundation last year are documented and photographed in the new Annual Report. See it here.
- State Board Updates - December 2019
Additional League SBUs can be found on the State Board Updates page of this website.
- State Voter - December 2019
STATE ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
- Make every day Thanksgiving. VOTE with your consumer dollars to prevent food waste.
Beth Radow, chair of the NYS League’s committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment has prepared a BE EARTHWISE GUIDE for you to VOTE with your consumer dollars and daily practices to toss less food & feed more people while saving money and our natural resources.
- Watch Beth Radow’s interview with League member Ina Aronow on the environment and making a difference against climate change--with a focus on food.