Bulletin
April 2022
In this issue:
  • Village Election
  • Message from the President
  • Voter Service Information
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • Other Announcements
Message from the President
I hope that you are enjoying the start of spring! It has been a very difficult two years, and I hope that, as Covid rates decline, we are finally returning to more “normal” times. Zoom has allowed the LWVS to do its work on behalf of the community, and it will remain a tool that we use on an occasional basis. However, I also look forward to meeting together, face-to-face, to further the League’s important mission of civic engagement.  

The LWVS had a very active March. We held our School and Village Budget Information and Consensus Meetings over Zoom. The information sessions are on our website for viewing, and final Board statements will be completed and posted there later this month.

On April 3, we will hold our first INDOOR event, an author visit with Dorothy Wickenden, author of The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights, at the Scarsdale Public Library. I look forward to seeing friends and longtime members as we learn about three courageous women whose powerful ideas and actions can still instruct our current work.

Our Annual Meeting on Friday, May 7, will take place indoors as well at the Scarsdale Golf Club. We are thrilled to have Jerika Richardson, Senior Vice President for Equitable Justice & Strategic Initiatives at the National Urban League, discuss "The Future of Voting Rights: Current Battles and Where We Go from Here." We will also vote on all business at our Annual Meeting, including our proposed slate of Officers, Board Members, and Off-Board Nominating Committee Members for 2022-23, and our Proposed 2022-23 Local Program. We hope you can join us!

As we approach election season–the May School Board and Budget Vote, the June Primary, and the November General Election–the LWVS and Leagues across the country will be registering voters and providing essential voter information. As part of that effort, the LWVS is working with both the LWV of New Rochelle and the LWV of Westchester Voter Service Committee in coordinated efforts to pre-register and register students in area high schools. Anyone who wishes to volunteer in this effort should contact me at lwvspresident@gmail.com

I encourage you to continue to stay involved in all aspects of our government. Your participation is essential to our democracy!

Upcoming Events:
  • Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m., Dorothy Wickenden Author Visit at the Scarsdale Public Library
  • Friday, May 6 at 10:45 a.m., Annual Meeting at the Scarsdale Golf Club

Best wishes,
Alissa Baum
Voter Service Information
Countdown to 
SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE and SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Scarsdale Middle School
134 Mamaroneck Road


The School Budget Vote and School Board Election is fast approaching, and it is time to make sure you are eligible and registered to vote. 


Eligibility Information

  • You must meet either of the following criteria to be Eligible to Vote:
  • Be registered with the Westchester County Board of Elections to vote in the General Elections; OR
  • Be registered with the Scarsdale Public School District, and have voted in a school election within the past four years. 
  • You must meet following criteria for the Qualifications to Register:
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be a resident of the Scarsdale Public School District for at least 30 days preceding the election.
  • Be at least 18 years old by the date of the vote/election. 
Registering to Vote

Check now to see whether you are registered to vote for the school budget and elect school board member(s) on May 17, 2022. Visit Am I Registered to Vote?

There are two ways to register to vote:

  • Qualified voters may personally register, for the purpose of voting at all future school elections, with the District Clerk during regular business hours at the office of the District Clerk, 2 Brewster Road, Scarsdale, New York 10583.
  • Please contact the District Clerk at (914) 721-2410 or hadams@scarsdaleschools.org to schedule an appointment. The registration form may be found here. The form must be completed and signed in person. 
  • *Voter registration forms for the May 17, 2022, Budget Vote and Board Elections will be accepted by the District Clerk until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022.  

  • Qualified voters may register to vote with the County Board of Elections by either:
  • Completing an online application with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, OR
  • Downloading and completing the voter registration form which can be submitted in person or by mail to the Westchester County Board of Elections.
  • Anyone who completes an online application or registers in person or by mail will be registered with Westchester County and also considered to be registered to vote in the school district votes. 
  • *Mailed voter registration forms must be received by the County Board of Elections in time to be processed by May 17, 2022, the date of the vote. 
Applying for Absentee Ballots
 
Anyone who is registered may apply for an absentee ballot by submitting the Application for Absentee Ballot form:

Note: Voters can still apply to vote by absentee ballot using the temporary illness clause if there is a risk of contracting a disease (such as COVID-19).
 
  • If an absentee ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the voter must return the completed application form in time for it to be received by the District Clerk seven days before the vote: Tuesday, May 10, 2022. 
  • If completed application forms are delivered personally, they must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. the day before the vote, Monday, May 16, 2022. 

All absentee ballots must be delivered to the District Clerk’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the vote, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. 

For additional information, please visit the Scarsdale Schools Voter Information Page.
Upcoming Events
April
  • 4/2, Saturday:
  • 9:00 a.m. LWVNYS Regional Training Meeting
  • 4/3, Sunday:
  • 3:00 p.m. Author Event with Dorothy Wickenden. Organized by LWVS and Scarsdale Public Library
  • 4/4, Monday:
  • 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting

May
  • 5/6, Friday:
  • 10:45 a.m. LWVS Annual Membership Meeting. Guest speaker: Jerika Richardson

June
  • 6/13, Monday:
  • 9:00 a.m. Joint Board Meeting, location TBD
LWVS Author Visit:
Dorothy Wickenden

Sunday, April 3, 2022
3:00 p.m.
Scarsdale Public Library
Join us for a book talk with the author Dorothy Wickenden to hear about her book, The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights. This book examines the lives of three women – Frances Seward, Harriet Tubman, and Martha Coffin Wright – whose paths converged in the town of Auburn, New York, where they became collaborators in the fight for abolition and women’s suffrage as well as devoted friends.

Dorothy Wickenden is the author of Nothing Daunted and The Agitators and has been the executive editor of The New Yorker since January 1996. She also writes for the magazine and is the moderator of its weekly podcast The Political Scene. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Wickenden was national affairs editor at Newsweek from 1993-1995, and before that was the longtime executive editor at The New Republic
The paperback edition of The Agitators is available for purchase with a 10% discount at Bronx River Books. For phone, email, and in-store purchases for either book, mention LWVS to receive the 10% discount. 

This event is organized by the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale and the Scarsdale Public Library. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

All members of the public are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

League of Women Voters of Scarsdale

Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon

Friday, May 6, 2022
10:45 a.m.
Scarsdale Golf Club


Agenda

 
I. Call to Order and Welcome to All 
  • Introduction of Parliamentarian
  • Introduction of Secretary
  • Adoption of Order of Business
  • Motion to have Annual Meeting minutes adopted by the LWVS Board
 
II. President’s Report
 
III. Treasurer’s Report 

IV. Budget Presentation: 2022-2023
  • Budget Adoption 
 
V. 2022-2023 Local Program Presentation
  • Local Program Adoption
 
VI. Report of the Nominating Committee
  • Nominations from the Floor
  • Election and Installation of 2022- 2023 Officers, Directors, and Nominating Committee
 
VII. Directions to the Board 
 
VIII. Other Business Announcements
 
IX. Adjournment

Luncheon Speaker: Jerika Richardson

The Future of Voting Rights:
Current Battles and Where We Go from Here

Jerika L. Richardson is Senior Vice President for Equitable Justice & Strategic Initiatives at the National Urban League. She leads the organization’s advocacy, public education, and strategic work on civic engagement, police reform, criminal justice reform, and other justice related areas. Previously, Ms. Richardson was Deputy Executive Director and the Senior Advisor & Secretary to the Board for the nation’s largest independent police oversight agency, the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

She has also served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Counsel to the Mayor of New York City and Special Advisor to the Mayor for media relations, criminal justice, and public safety planning. Before working in City Hall, Ms. Richardson was the Senior Spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York and a Field Producer & Off-Air Reporter for ABC News. She holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in English from Spelman College.

Ms. Richardson will discuss the National Urban League’s work in ensuring equitable access to the ballot box (especially for women, communities of color, and other marginalized groups) and in encouraging all forms of civic engagement--essential components of furthering social justice and strengthening our democracy


Tickets: $50 per adult in advance, $55 after May 1; Students $30
If you would prefer to pay by check:

  1. Make checks payable to LWVS.
  2. Please write "Annual Meeting" in the memo line along with names of attendees for whom you are paying.
  3. Mail payment to:
League of Women Voters of Scarsdale
P.O. Box 495
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Recent Events
LWVS General Membership and Consensus Meeting:
2022-23 School Budget
 
On Thursday, March 24, 2022, we convened our General Information and Member
Consensus meeting regarding the School District’s 2022-2023 Budget. The League
comments were read during public comment at the Board of Education Community Budget Forum on March 28, 2022. Suzie Hahn, the LWVS School Budget Chair, conducted the League Information and Consensus meeting. Dr. Thomas Hagerman, Superintendent of Schools; Ms. Amber Yusuf, Board of Education Vice-President; Mr. Stuart Mattey, Assistant Superintendent for Business; Dr. Drew Patrick, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources; Dr. Edgar McIntosh, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; Mr. Eric Rauschenbach, Director of Special Education and Student Services; and Jerry Crisci, Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation/Co-Director, constituted our panel.

The panelists responded to League-prepared questions and audience questions. They
provided an overview of the Budget and discussed the details of certain portions of the
Budget including proposed staffing, special education, plant and capital improvements, the budget development process, board community engagement, and advocacy, among other topics.

Upcoming School Budget dates:
  • Monday, April 4, Board of Education adopts the Budget
  • Tuesday, May 17, Board of Education Public Budget Vote

Links:
LWVS General Membership and Consensus Meeting:
2022-23 Village Budget

On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, we convened our General Information and Member Consensus meeting regarding the Village’s 2022 - 2023 budget. Tracy Tang, LWVS Village Budget Portfolio Chair, conducted the meeting. Mayor Jane Veron, Deputy Mayor Justin Arest, Trustee Sameer Ahuja, Trustee Karen Brew, Trustee Lena Crandall, Village Manager Robert Cole, Assistant Village Manager Alex Marshall, and Village Treasurer Ann Scaglione were our panelists. 
 
The panelists provided information in response to League questions and then took questions from the audience. They provided an overview of this year’s budgeting process in which they explicitly ranked Village priorities and discussed the difficult balance in investing responsibly in our infrastructure while keeping taxes at an appropriate level.
 
Panelists discussed historic unassigned fund balance levels and tax levy rates, the next steps in evaluating the Village Center and the Scarsdale Pool Complex, current and anticipated capital project plans, and the commitment to being more inclusive and welcoming to all residents. The LWVS Village Budget Consensus Statement will be published shortly.
 
Upcoming Village Budget dates: 
  • Tuesday, April 5, Statutory public hearing on Tentative Budget (must be completed prior to April 15)
  • Tuesday, April 26, The Village Board to vote on the final 2022-23 Budget (must be adopted prior to Sunday, May 1).
 
Links:
Other Announcements
Two Scarsdale High School students, Alicia Xin and Sarah Vibbert, have been selected for their inspiring achievement in their school and community to participate in this year’s Students Inside Albany (SIA) Conference. This is the 11th consecutive year that the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale has selected two students to attend the conference. The SIA program this year generated overwhelming interest at Scarsdale High School, and all applicants had impressive involvement and qualifications.  
 
We are tremendously grateful that this year’s four-day conference will be in person and will take place in Albany from Sunday, May 22nd to Wednesday, May 25th. The agenda will be packed with tools to instruct students on how to influence public policy decision-making at the state level. Additionally, the opportunity to meet in person with legislators, which is always the highlight of the Conference, will continue.
 
The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale looks forward to offering the opportunity for Scarsdale students to attend the Students Inside Albany Conference again in 2023.
Interested in the Renovation of the Scarsdale Pool Complex?
Join a League Committee to Study the Pool Renovation Process!
The Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees is currently evaluating whether to repair or renovate the Scarsdale Pool Complex. Lothrop Associates LLP Architects (LAA), a full-service architectural firm and its aquatics consulting division, Aquatectonic (AQT), recently issued an Existing Conditions Survey which assesses the current state of the pool complex and sets forth the costs of repairing the facility and ensuring it complies with relevant codes.   

The LWVS has formed a Pool Study Committee to follow this process and needs additional members to be a part of this committee. The Pool Study Committee will be interesting, intellectually engaging, and critical to our League’s work in the Scarsdale community. 

If you have any interest or just have questions, please contact Alissa Baum at LWVSpresident@gmail.com.
Upcoming Forum: The Perils of Plastic

On April 13 at 12:00 p.m., the LWVW will be co-sponsoring a virtual forum on The Perils of Plastic with Erica Cirino, author of Thicker Than Water, and Jim Vallette, the lead researcher and author of Beyond Plastics, a new report which details how plastic production is set to overtake coal in greenhouse gas emissions.

Annual Meeting:

The 2022 LWVW Annual meeting is Thursday, June 9, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club. George Latimer, Westchester County Executive, will be the keynote speaker. More information and registration details will be released soon.
Membership Announcements
Thank You


The LWVS depends on the support and hard work of a community of volunteers. I would like to extend thanks to the League volunteers who contributed much time and energy during the especially busy month of March.

Thanks to Suzie Hahn for her work on the School Budget portfolio. Thanks as well to Tracy Tang for her work on the Village Budget portfolio. Thanks to Elissa Ruback and Debbie Miller for their wise counsel and supportive work. 

Thanks to Lauren Hertzog Fields, Beatrice Sevcik, and Jessica Zellner for their work on Voter Service. Thanks to Lauren Tetenbaum Dorman and Cindy Yau for their work on Students Inside Albany. Thanks to Beatrice Sevcik and Heedan Chung for their thorough review of recent concurrence proposals.

Thanks to Erika Rublin for her work as Treasurer and help in budget planning. Thanks to Jenny Tabak for her careful analysis as membership statistician.  

Thanks to Dana Matsushita for her careful, thoughtful and detailed work on the LWVS Bulletin. Thanks to Dana Matsushita and Joan Bowen for staying on top of event publicity and eblast communications. Thanks to Diane Baylor for taking such careful minutes at our meetings and for keeping our website up-to-date. 

Thanks to Anne Lyons for her work on the LWVS winter finance drive and the upcoming Annual Membership Meeting. Thanks to Kitt Rosenthal for being our liaison to the LWVW. Thanks to Jyoti Ruta and Sara Pinto for their important Board work.

Thanks to Janice Starr and the LWVS nominating committee, Kerry Hayes, Dalya Khan, Heedan Chung, and Elissa Ruback, for their work on the 2022-23 Board slate. 

Thanks to Nancy Michaels and the LWVS budget committee, Leah Dembitzer, Diane Baylor, Anne Lyons, Debbie Miller, and Erika Rublin.

Thank you to members of the School and Village Administration and Boards who joined us for our March Information Sessions -- the LWVS appreciates all of your hard work on behalf of our community.

I look forward to all of the positive work that lies before us.

All my best,
Alissa Baum
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They Represent You
Village of Scarsdale

As of March 31, 2022
Board of Trustees

Jane Veron, Mayor
  Term ends April 2023
Justin Arest, Deputy Mayor
  2nd term ends April 2022
Sameer Ahuja
1st term ends April 2023
Karen Brew
1st term ends April 2023
Lena Crandall
  2nd term ends April 2022
Jonathan Lewis
  2nd term ends April 2023
Randall Whitestone
1st term ends April 2022
Board of Education

Karen Ceske, President
  1st term ends June 2022
Amber Yusuf, Vice President
  1st term ends June 2023
Jim Dugan
1st term ends June 2024
Carl Finger
  1st term ends June 2022
Robert Klein
  1st term ends June 2023
Jessica Resnick-Ault
1st term ends June 2024
Ronald Schulhof
  1st term ends June 2022
League of Women Voters of Scarsdale

2021-22


Officers

President: Alissa Baum

First Vice President: Elissa Ruback

Second Vice President: Anne Lyons

Recording Secretary: Diane Baylor

Corresponding Secretary: Dana Matsushita

Treasurer: Erika Rublin
2021-2022 Elected Board Members

Joan Bowen
Heedan Chung
Lauren Tetenbaum Dorman
Lauren Hertzog Fields
Debbie Miller
Jyoti Ruta
Beatrice Sevcik
Jessica Zellner
Appointed Board Members

Renée Baylor (in memoriam)
Sara Pinto
Kitt Rosenthal
Jenny Simon Tabak
Cindy Yau

Committee Chairs
Advocacy: Alissa Baum

Audit: Amber Yusuf and Susan Lee Foley

Book Group: Jessica Zellner

Budget: Nancy Michaels (Off-Board)

Bulletin Editor: Dana Matsushita

Development/Finance Drive: Anne Lyons

Eblast/Publicity: Dana Matsushita

Environment/Sustainability: TBD

Hospitality: Kitt Rosenthal

Luncheons: Anne Lyons

LWVW Liaison: Kitt Rosenthal

Membership: Heedan Chung and Lauren Tetenbaum Dorman

Membership Statistician: Jenny Simon Tabak

Nominating Chair: Janice Starr (Off-Board)
Program/Education: Sara Pinto and Cindy Yau


School Election: Jyoti Ruta

Social Media: Joan Bowen

Voter Service: Lauren Hertzog Fields, Beatrice Sevcik, and Jessica Zellner

Students Inside Albany: Lauren Tetenbaum Dorman and Cindy Yau

Village Budget: Tracy Tang

Village Election: Diane Baylor

Website: Diane Baylor

Youth Engagement: Elissa Ruback
TRY Brochure: They Represent You

The TRY brochure, the directory of elected and appointed government officials published by the LWVS, is available on our website.
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The League of Women Voters
Creating A More Perfect Democracy For 100 Years
The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale (LWVS) is a volunteer nonpartisan political organization which promotes political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League is nonpartisan in that it does not support or oppose any candidate for public office; it is political in that it takes positions on selected governmental issues after serious member study and consensus.