Local League News
Statement from member of LWV of Cooperstown, “My involvement in this organization inspired me to take poll worker training and I loved being a part of the voting process this election day! "
Members of the Buffalo League’s DEI Committee and representatives of 15 other organizations met at the new West Side Bazaar to learn about one another’s organizational history, projects, and how they might work together in the coming year. A real bonus was registering a new voter who had recently moved to Erie County.
The Utica-Rome League recently broke its naturalization registration record! Members Donna Brady, Meg Higgerson, and Karen McBride kept quite busy greeting and handing out voter registration forms to 49 new-citizen candidates hailing from 18 countries. Through their concerted efforts, the volunteers were able to register 47 of the 49 new citizen candidates, or 96%--a record number!
The Westchester ILO has already started its 2024 Get Out the Vote efforts! The League recently hosted “VOTE 2024: DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT” at the Croton Library. The program was a partnership between the League and the Lorraine Hansberry Coalition, which is part of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of Croton-on-Hudson.
The Chautauqua County League hosted Dr. Lillian Ney, President of the Chautauqua County Board of Health for a discussion about public health issues of concern in the County. Topics included the reorganization of County Health and Human Services and Department of Mental Hygiene and Covid-19, which continues to spread along with flu and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
New York City
The New York City League’s database Who Represents Me got a shout-out in the publication The City! “Who to Yell At: A New Yorker’s Guide on Who to Call to Get Local Problems Fixed” explains how New Yorkers can get in contact with their elected officials and government agencies and what offices they should call for certain situations. The article recommends using Who Represents Me as the first step in the process. You can read the full article by clicking HERE.
The Saratoga County League launched its 2024 campaign for women's equality on January 18 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. The event, "Let's Finish What They Started," showcased famous feminists from American history as well as feminist writer Jen Deaderick, author of She the People: A Graphic History…of The Unfinished Road to Women’s Equality. In launching the campaign Patricia Nugent, Chair of the Saratoga County League’s Women’s Rights Awareness Campaign, said “The League was founded on the premise that women deserve equal treatment under the laws of this nation. We’re determined to manifest that vision this year, and we welcome all who have suffered the consequences of second-class citizenship to join us. We’ve waited too long for justice. 2024 is the year to claim it.” Other events to raise awareness of the current disparity will be scheduled throughout the year.
The Cooperstown League is continuing a much-loved tradition that aims to defeat the winter blahs. In 1986, members of the Cooperstown League decided it had had ENOUGH! Winter was wonderful when the sun was shining on sparkling, newly fallen snow, but for heaven’s sake, those days of gray and slush and rain mixed with snow, and not enough snow to ski, or snowshoe, or sled—all of the fun stuff—were hard to bear.
An action plan—“Save Us from the Winter Blahs!”—was established. The idea was simple enough: food, friends, and beverages should cheer up even the grumpiest souls. They also added a silent auction, which was easy and had the potential for a high return on our efforts. The Winter Doldrums Party was born. Through good times and the darkest times, the annual Winter Doldrums party endured. Doldrums came to mean a bright light during gray winters for members—especially those new to the League— and supporters.