League of Women Voters of Scarsdale
January 2020

The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale (LWVS) is a volunteer, nonpartisan political organization that 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.  
In This Issue

January 2020
  • 1/13, Monday:
    • 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting, Village Hall, 3rd Floor
  • 1/14, Tuesday:
    • 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  School Board Nominating Committee Election, Scarsdale Middle School
  • 1/21, Tuesday:
    • 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.  Book Discussion, Private Home
  • 1/27, Monday:
    • 9:00 a.m. School Board Nominating Committee Information and Consensus Meeting, Village Hall, 3rd Floor
February 2020
  • 2/10, Monday:
    • 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
    • 10:30 a.m. Local, County, and National League Program and Consensus Meeting, Village Hall, 3rd Floor
March 2020
  • 3/9, Monday:
    • 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting, Village Hall, 3rd Floor
  • 3/17, Tuesday:
    • 9:00 a.m. School Budget Information and Consensus Meeting, Village Hall, 3rd Floor
  • 3/18, Wednesday:
    • Village Election, Village Hall
  • 3/23, Monday:
    • 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting, Village Hall, 3rd Floor
  • 3/30, Monday:
    • Village Budget Information and Consensus Meeting, Village Hall, 3rd Floor

Remember to vote!


School Board Nominating Committee Election
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Scarsdale Middle School
7 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Happy 2020!  

The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale had a December filled with local civic engagement.  We held two Information and Consensus Meetings: the first on the Village Election System, during which Procedure Committee Treasurer, Madelaine Eppenstein, answered League questions during an hour-long information session about our local political process.  The second Information and Consensus Meeting served to inform and educate the community about the process, context and implications of changes to the SBNC Resolution. Jordan Copeland, Chair of the Joint Committee, graciously joined us and answered our many questions on this complex topic.

In this issue of the bulletin, we have included information about the 2020 Census.  More information will be forthcoming as it is made available, however, it is a nice opportunity to brush-up on why the census is so central to our country.  League Board member, Alissa Baum, is following the county's Complete Count Committee meetings and is staying apprised on census information for the Scarsdale League.

Our January bulletin also contains important voter and advocacy information, including party enrollment and primary dates for the 2020 election; the LWVW County Budget Statement; and a keen recounting of the League UN Day Climate Change Panel, as well as details about the LWV Observer Program at the United Nations.

As the LWVS moves into January, we begin another busy month, which includes our School Election System Information Session and Consensus, as well as our Book Discussion.  I hope that you will join us at these events. I encourage you to stay engaged in informed and active citizenry -- your citizen participation will serve to enhance and strengthen our democracy!

Upcoming Events:
  • Tuesday, January 21: LWVS Book Discussion, 9:30 - 11 a.m.; Private Home
  • Monday, January 27: School Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting, 9 a.m., Village Hall, Third Floor Meeting Room.
  • Monday, February 10: Local, County, and National League Program Consensus, 10:30 a.m., Village Hall, Third Floor Meeting Room.
Best wishes,
Leah Dembitzer

Voter Service

New York State Voting Reforms

New York State recently passed a series of new voting reforms that makes it easier for residents of New York State to vote.  Adding to these reforms, Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature recently enacted a new law that allows voters to elect or change their political party enrollment in a more timely manner.  Enrollment in a political party allows a voter to participate in that party's primary elections. Voters in New York State may now choose to enroll in a political party, or change their political party enrollment, at any time up until February 14 and the change will be effective immediately.   Previously, voters could make this change up until October 11 and the enrollment change went into effect the following year.  

New York's presidential primary will take place on April 28, 2020, and the congressional and state primary will take place on June 23, 2020. If you would like to vote in any of the party's primaries, you must be enrolled in that political party and you have until February 14, 2020 to enroll or change your designation.

Currently, there is no separate form to be filled out to change a voter's political party enrollment. Rather, a voter must use the current voter registration form to do so. The registration form has a section where the voter may choose to enroll in a political party. To find out if you are registered to a political party, visit https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov. Voter registration forms, including online forms, can be found on the New York State Board of Elections website at https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html . The website also has other important information about voter registration.

There will also be copies of the voter registration forms at the Library Loft and the rack in the lobby of Village Hall.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the LWVS Voter Service Representatives at LWVSVoterService@gmail.com.


The U.S. Census, required every 10 years under the U.S. Constitution, takes place on April 1, 2020. The purpose of the Census is to count every resident of the country, regardless of citizenship status.

Why is the Census count important?

Census data determines how many of the 435 Congressional seats every state gets-- the states use population counts to draw district lines. In addition, census data helps local and state governments plan for transportation, school, and emergency and social services needs in their communities. Furthermore, census data determines how much of the $880 billion in federal funding is allocated for programs such as Head Start, Medicare and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Pell grants for college, reduced-price school lunch programs, and highway spending. Businesses also rely on census data in their decision-making to decide, among other things, where to start or expand operations and what products and services to offer in various locations.  

What is new with the the 2020 Census?

For the first time, most households will be invited to respond to the Census online . Although all households will have the option of responding online, by phone, or by mail with a paper census questionnaire, most households will initially receive a letter asking them to go online to complete the census questionnaire or to respond by phone. Paper census questionnaires will not be mailed to most households unless these households have not responded otherwise.

Are there concerns about undercounting?

In the last census, households in certain areas of Westchester County did not complete census questionnaires, which resulted in certain communities not getting their fair share of federal funding. The attempt to include a citizenship question in the census may dissuade certain immigrant groups from participating. *Please note, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census. In addition, local and state governmental officials believe that the move to digital census reporting may negatively impact census participation among the poor and the elderly populations.

As a result of these concerns, Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed an executive order creating a Complete Count Committee for Census 2020 to help develop strategies for an accurate census count and to encourage every County resident to participate in the census. Similarly, state lawmakers have allocated $20 million for local governments to use in their efforts to make sure every New York resident is counted.

For further information about the Census in Westchester, see https://planning.westchestergov.com/initiatives/census-2020.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming General Membership Information Sessions and Consensus Meetings

Consensus is the heart of the League's process.  Please join us for our early 2020 information and consensus meetings to learn about our local governmental processes as well as the LWVS Program.

The LWVS has four general membership information sessions and consensus meetings from January through the end of March.  Our general information sessions are open to the public -- please join us if you are available!

At the conclusion of each information session, we will hold a consensus meeting for League members only.  At that time, if you are not a member of the League, you may join LWVS and stay to participate. During the consensus portion of the meeting, members will discuss information learned at the information session, express individual thoughts, and listen to the thoughts and opinions of fellow League members.

Upon conclusion of the discussion, the members present will determine whether or not there is consensus on any of the discussed issues.  The consensus points will be consolidated and a statement will be crafted by the portfolio chair or committee. The draft statement will then be reviewed and edited by the League Board and will ultimately be released to our membership, submitted to the appropriate entity and shared with local media.  

Details on these events can be found in this bulletin and on our website, www.lwvs.org . Please see below for the upcoming information sessions and consensus meetings:

School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) Election
Monday, January 27, 9 a.m. at Village Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room

Local, County and National League Programming for 2020-2021
Monday, February 10, 10:30 a.m. at Village Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room

Scarsdale School Budget
Tuesday, March 17, 9 a.m. at Village Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room

Scarsdale Village Budget
Monday, March 30, 9 a.m. at Village Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room

SBNC Election

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
7 - 10 a.m. and 2 - 9 p.m.
Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium Lobby

The election of SBNC members and the vote on SBNC Resolution amendments will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Residents may vote in person in the auditorium lobby at the Scarsdale Middle School on that date from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and from 2:00 pm to 9:00pm, or by mail-in ballot received by 4:00 pm on election day. 

In the event of a snow day or run-off election, the election will be held on the earlier of (i) Wednesday, January 15th, 2019, or (ii) the next day school is in session. Any snow date or run-off election would be held in the SMS Auditorium Lobby at the above mentioned times. See  https://scarsdalesbnc.com   for more  information.

Book Discussion

All are welcome!  Please join us, and bring a friend!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Private home within Scarsdale

Follow this link to RSVP .  We will notify you by email of the location.

This year we have 2 books selected with contrasting perspectives to look at the issue of immigration. We promise they won't put you to sleep at night! 

What accounts for the current influx of immigrants? 
What number of new immigrants can our economy support? 
What is our responsibility to those seeking a better life in the US? 

We look forward to having some lively discussion on the subject.

Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions
Valeria Luiselli

This book is based on Luiselli's experiences working as an interpreter for the federal immigration court in New York City in which she interviewed Central American children seeking refuge status in the U.S. Structured around the forty questions Luiselli translates and asks these children,  Tell Me How It Ends humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear - both here and back home. Luiselli, a writer from Mexico, also reflects on her own experiences with the U.S. immigration system in applying for a green card and permanent residency.

Melting Pot or Civil War? 
A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders
Reihan Salam

Reihan Salam, the son of Bangladeshi immigrants, argues that permissive immigration policies ultimately result in a less fair and unjust society. Unlike the economy during the great migrations of the past, today's economy cannot absorb uneducated and low-skilled immigrants who will ultimately resent their inability to rise to the ranks of the middle class. In this deeply researched but also deeply personal book, Salam shows why uncontrolled immigration is bad for everyone, including people like his family. Our current system has intensified the isolation of our native poor, and risks ghettoizing the children of poor immigrants. It ignores the challenges posed by the declining demand for less-skilled labor, even as it exacerbates ethnic inequality and deepens our political divides.

Visit the  LWVS Book Group webpage  for more information.

*The new bookstore in Scarsdale Village, Bronx River Books, is offering League
Book Group participants a 10% discount on both book selections.*

LWVS General Membership and Consensus Meeting 
on the SBNC Election System

Monday, January 27, 2020
9 a.m.
Village Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room

The LWVS will hold a general membership information session regarding this year's School Board Nominating Committing (SBNC) election. Felicia Block, current chair of the Administrative Committee, will be present to answer questions. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The SBNC Administrative Committee is the body that solicits candidates for the SBNC and runs the SBNC election. The SBNC is the body that vets applicants and nominates the proposed slate for the Scarsdale Board of Education. 

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.

The SBNC Election will take place at the Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium Lobby on  Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from  7 - 10 a.m. and 2 - 9 p.m. 

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

Applications due Monday, February 3, 2020

For the ninth consecutive year, the LWVS will select two high school students to send to the annual Students Inside Albany Conference held on May 17-20, 2020. Any Sophomore, Junior or Senior student who attends Scarsdale High School or resides in the school district is eligible to apply.

Students Inside Albany is a four-day conference designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, revised and enacted in New York State. This conference deepens their understanding of their individual responsibility in our representative democracy and provides them with tools for meeting that responsibility.

Scarsdale students who attended this conference in the past were unanimous in their enthusiasm about the program. The conference allows them to interact with students from all over the state, learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can participate in policy-making areas, as well as tour the capitol and meet state legislators. 

The cost of the conference, including hotel and meals, will be co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters New York State Education Foundation, Inc. and our Scarsdale League.

Applications are available here, or  on the LWVS website, and are due on Monday, February 3 , 2020

For more information about the program, please see Youth Programs at the LWVS website. For questions or if you know someone who would like to apply, please contact Joan Bowen (914-552-0596) or Erika Rublin (917-658-3461).
LWVS General Membership and Consensus Meeting: 
2020 - 2021 Programming for our 
Local and Westchester County League

Monday, February 10, 2020
10:30 a.m. 
Village Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room

Please join the LWVS on Monday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m. for a general membership and consensus meeting to discuss programming for LWVS and suggestions for programming for the Westchester County League for the upcoming 2020- 2021 year.

The recommended program for LWVS will be proposed for adoption by League members at the Annual meeting in May 2020. Suggestions for the Westchester County League program will be communicated to the Westchester County League Board.

For more information, please contact Leah Dembitzer at lwvspresident@gmail.com.

Recent LWVS Events

LWVS General Membership and Consensus Meeting on the Village Election System

On Monday, December 9, 2019, we held our General Information and Member Consensus meeting on the CNC Village Election system. Diane Baylor, our LWVS Village Election portfolio chairperson, conducted the meeting. Madelaine Eppenstein, treasurer and immediate past chair of the Procedure Committee, presented information and answered questions concerning the Procedure Committee's activities this season, operating under the Non-Partisan Resolution that underwent significant revisions last year. Among other things, Eppenstein provided an overview of how the Procedure Committee functioned, discussed the CNC candidate recruitment efforts, described the November election procedures, and provided an accounting of the Procedure Committee's revenues and expenses.

Follow this link to review the  Procedure Committee's Preliminary Responses to the LWVS Information Session Agenda. The League consensus statement on the CNC Village Election system will be circulated via eblast and posted on the "Stand on Issues" page of our website in the near future.

Information Session and Consensus Meeting on the 
Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution

On December 16, 2019, the League held a General Membership Meeting, open to the public, on the proposed amendments to the School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) Resolution. Amber Yusuf, our LWVS School Election portfolio chairperson, conducted the meeting. Joint Committee Chair, Jordan Copeland, presented and answered questions on the overall process and on the proposed changes to the document that governs the School Board's Non-Partisan Election System.

Immediately following the information session, the League held a consensus meeting of its members. The League thanks the Joint Committee and its chair Jordan Copeland for their thoughtful consideration to the League's questions. A consensus statement will be issued in advance of the SBNC election on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Please be on the lookout for more information.

LWV of Westchester

2020 LWVW Budget Statement

The League of Women Voters of Westchester appreciates this opportunity to comment on the proposed 2020 county budget.  We thank Budget Director, Larry Soule, for providing us with additional information and insight.

The League has reviewed the proposed 2020 County budgets and is encouraged to see several changes in the budgeting approach which we have previously recommended. We applaud the efforts to seek numerous avenues of continuous revenue-generating programs, rather than one-off transactions. The League also commends a renewed emphasis on capital spending as these projects have been long neglected.

We highlight several proposed actions that will contribute to the fiscal improvement of the County:
  • Adding $10 million to the Unrestricted Reserve. 
  • Sharing 30% of additional sales tax revenues with municipalities and school districts, more than $40 million.
  • Allocating $1.5 million to housing and community development programs which hopefully reflects an attempt to address the urgent need for affordable housing in the County.
  • Including an average 3% increase in funding various non-profits in recognition of the services provided which augment those provided by the County, plusfunding a non-profit contracting position to improve the procurement process.
  • Recognizing the need to increase the non-union salaries of 265 employees as the first increase in over ten years, and with increases being based upon performance results with a measure of accountability. We also laud the increase of 13 new personnel in several County departments, particularly in the Planning Department, to strive to complete proposed capital projects for 2020.
  • Adding approximately $2 million in funding for the Board of Elections for the three instances of early voting that will be incorporated in 2020, as per state election law reform. These expenditures are key to the expansion of voting opportunities which the League has advocated for decades.
LWVW is mindful of ongoing issues of concern:
  • Raising salaries of the 17 Board of Legislators with a lower proposed increase, as a 52% increase should be thoroughly assessed.
  • Addressing the unprofitability of Playland while encouraging the County to take a cautious approach prior to the planned analysis.
  • Continuing to analyze operating expenses, infrastructure improvements, and proposals for growth at the Westchester County Airport, keeping in mind numerous environmental concerns, and the fiscal impact of any changes to the County.
The League of Women Voters of Westchester County supports the efforts of the current County government to resolve the County's extensive economic challenges. We look forward to continued innovative solutions being presented.

Marylou Green, President 
Kathy Meany, Chair, Country Government Committee
 LWV of New York State Education Foundation

League Day at the United Nations

Janice Starr and Debra Miller

Did you know that the League of Women Voters has special consultative status with the United Nations? It is this designation that provides the opportunity to make interventions on issues the League supports. In 1946, the League began serving as a consultant to the U.S. delegation. Since then, the League has maintained a presence at the United Nations through its UN Observer, periodically hosting "League Day at the UN" for League members and friends.

We were thrilled to attend the 2019 League Day at the United Nations Headquarters presented by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation 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 NY. We were joined by fellow Scarsdale League members Jill Spieler and Lena Crandall, former League Presidents Sally Robinson and Susie Rush as well as other members of the Westchester County League and local leagues from all around NY State.

The day began with a general tour of the United Nations buildings led by a group of international docents who embodied the dedication and commitment of the United Nations in the world. After lunch in the delegates' dining room, offering a dramatic backdrop of Queens, NY and the East River, we convened in a special conference room for our "Briefings on Climate Change," the topic of this year's League Day. 

We were welcomed by Suzanne Stassevitch, President, LWVNYS, and then heard from Omar Hernandez, Information Officer, UN Department of Global Communications whose main position is liaising universities and colleges with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Mr. Hernandez, a citizen of Venezuela, stressed that Advocacy is the greatest thing a person can do when it comes to this issue. He said we all need to shift our focus from 'climate change,' which is an undeniable reality/scientific fact to 'climate action,' which is the work that needs to be undertaken by all aspects of the public, including government, academia and civil society. 

Our next speaker was Satya S. Tripathi, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office at UN Environment.  Mr. Tripathi, a citizen of India, shared a personal story about his grandmother which reflected his faith in the tremendous potential power of women. He believes that excluding women from the mainstream decision-making structure of society has caused problems, but feels that women are gradually becoming part of the power structure. He outlined what he considers the main barriers to combating climate change as: peoples' "ignorance, arrogance and refusal to act." In addition, he said that climate solutions need funding and must by necessity include the private sector, since it generates 70% of the world's GDP and therefore must be fully engaged. Mr. Tripathi has been "instrumental in establishing successful initiatives (the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility-TLFF in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility-SIFF in 2017) to leverage 'private finance for public good' at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact in developing countries." 

Our final speaker was Rosalee Keech, UN Observer, LWVUS. She has been the Chief Observer to the UN since 2011 and has developed multiple programs to increase women's leadership and participation in democratic political processes, promoting democracy around the world and preventing violence against all women and girls. She is one of 6 LWVUS observers. The work of the UN Observer Corps is to advocate for the League's position with respect to the UN, which is to strongly support the central role of the United Nations in addressing the social, economic and humanitarian needs of all people. The advancement and empowerment of women is fundamental to achieving peace and prosperity and should be a high priority for UN programs. Other areas for emphasis include: eradicating poverty and hunger, improving basic living standards worldwide, promoting the well-being and potential of children, with special attention to the girl child, promoting human and political rights, ensuring access to a basic education for all, ensuring a basic level of health care for all, and protecting the environment and the world's natural resources. These are among the topics of focus for LWVNYS League Days at the United Nations.

We were honored to be part of this educational and informative day with such an engaged, attentive and concerned group and proud to attend alongside fellow League members, knowing how involved the League is at such an incredibly important global institution. We highly recommend the experience!

For more information...

If you'd like to be added to the UN google group please email Rosalee Keech at  dorokeech@aol.com.

About the LWVUS UN Observer Corps:

A more detailed summary of the presentations:

For more general information about League Day at the UN and the LWVNYS:
Website:  www.lwvny.org
E-mail:  lwvny@lwvny.org
Twitter:  @LWVNYS

Membership Announcements

Annual Finance Drive

Please support your local league by donating to the
League of Women Voters of Scarsdale!

We need your support! Please be generous. Your contribution will directly support our programs:

Candidate Debates
The Voters Guide
They Represent You
Students Inside Albany
Our studies on local issues and budgets

You may make a donation online here,
or you may mail your donation to:

Scarsdale League of Women Voters
P.O. Box 495
Scarsdale, NY10583

Please make checks payable to the LWV of Scarsdale.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, please make your check out to LWVNYS Education Foundation and mail to the address above.

Thank you for your support!

LWVS Nominating Committee

The LWVS Nominating Committee 2019-20 has begun its process for receiving nominations to fill positions on the League Board of Directors for the 2020-21 year.   

If you would like to nominate yourself or a friend to be considered for the League Board or the LWVS Nominating Committee 2020-2021, kindly contact Nominating Committee Chair Pam Rubin at pamrubin2@gmail.com .

Here is a list of our 2019-20 Nominating Committee members, all of whom are able to receive nominations for discussion and consideration:

Pam Rubin* (Chair)
Dara Gruenberg*
Claire He*
Erika Rublin
Amber Yusuf

*Off-Board members were approved at our annual meeting in May, 2019.

Membership Renewal Reminder

If you have already renewed, thank you!  If you have not, please take the time to do so now.  The League thrives with your support!

To join, you may do either of the following:
  • Use the membership envelope mailed to you this fall.
  • Go to http://www.lwvs.org/Join.html and either renew online, or print out a membership form to pay by check.
If you have any questions, please contact Erika Rublin, LWVS Membership Chair, at LWVSmembership@gmail.com. Thank you!

Stay Connected!

New this year, our LWVS Bulletin will be published monthly and sent via eblast, posted on our website ( www.LWVS.org), Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/LWVScarsdale/), and Twitter feed ( twitter.com/LWVScarsdale). In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, only the Fall and Spring editions will still be printed and mailed to members.

To ensure that you receive our news directly, please provide your preferred email and physical mailing address when you renew your membership or join for the first time. Contact us at LWVSMembership@gmail.com with any questions about your membership status or to change/update your contact information.


The League is grateful for the support of all of its donors. Please note that the annual updated listing of our many generous supporters for 2019-2020 will appear in the 2020 Spring Bulletin.

LWVS 2019-2020 Calendar

January 2020
9:00 a.m.
Board Meeting
Village Hall, 3rd Floor
1/14 Tues
7-10 a.m. and 2-9 p.m.
School Board Nominating Committee Election
Scarsdale Middle School
1/21 Tues
9:30 a.m.
Book Discussion
Private home in Scarsdale
1/27 Mon
9:00 a.m.
SBNC Election Information and Consensus Meeting
Village Hall, 3rd Floor

February 2020
2/10 Mon
9:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Board Meeting
Local, County, and National League Program 
     Consensus Meeting
Village Hall, 3rd Floor

March 2020
3/9 Mon 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Village Hall, 3rd Floor
3/17 Tues 9:00 a.m.
School Budget Information and Consensus Meeting
Village Hall, 3rd Floor
3/18 Wed
Village Election
Village Hall
3/23 Mon 9:00 a.m.
Board Meeting
Village Hall, 3rd Floor
3/30 Mon 9:00 a.m.
Village Budget Information and Consensus Meeting
Village Hall, 3rd Floor

April 2020
4/20 Mon 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Village Hall, 3rd Floor
4/30 Thurs
Book/Film Discussion

May 2020
5/8 Fri
10:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
Annual Membership Meeting
Spring Luncheon/Speaker
Scarsdale Golf Club
5/19 Tues
7:00 a.m. to
9:00 p.m.
School Budget Vote and
     Board of Education Election
Scarsdale Middle School

June 2020
6/15 Mon 9:00 a.m.
Joint Board Meeting
Private Home

Items in bold are election events.
Items in red are open to all members and the public.

The LWVS thrives with 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 month of December.  

Thank you to Diane Baylor , for her meticulous preparation for the Village Election System information and consensus meetings and for creating the League consensus statement on Village Election.  Thank you to Amber Yusuf , for leading the information and consensus meetings on proposed amendments to the SBNC Resolution and for writing our consensus statement.  Thank you to Elissa Ruback , for her continued work on Book Discussion, Youth Engagement and School Budget.

Thank you to Ronny Hersch and Beatrice Sevcik  for their work on Voter Service.  Thank you to Joan Bowen for her work publicizing our fall events on social media and thank you as well to Joan Bowen and Erika Rublin for organizing the early stages of Students Inside Albany.  Thank you to Erika Rublin  for her work on membership.  Thank you to Dana Matsushita for her careful, thoughtful and detailed work on the LWVS Bulletin.  Thank you to Amy Cooper for staying on top of event publicity and eblast communications.  Thank you to Cindy Dunne , our Programming Chair, for her work looking for a spring speaker.

Thank you to Alissa Baum for her work on Advocacy, and for learning about 2020 Census information and education, for the purpose of informing the League and our community.  Thank you to Anne Lyons for her work on the LWVS winter finance drive.  Thank you to Renée Baylor for being our liaison to the LWVW.  Thank you to Kitt Rosenthal for bringing coffee to all of our Board meetings.  Thank you to League Treasurer, Debbie Miller , for organizing the League financials and for her sage advice.  Extending heartfelt thanks as well to League Recording Secretary, Joanie Frankle , for capturing our meetings with her minutes!  Thank you to Deb Pekarek for her work on our Village Zoning Portfolio. Thank you as well to Pam Rubin for chairing the LWVS Nominating Committee.  

Thank you to the entire League Board for lively board discussion and thoughtful attention to local, state and national political happenings.

We have a big year ahead -- and I look forward to all of the positive work that lies before us.

All my best,

Leah Dembitzer


Village of Scarsdale

As of July 2019



Marc Samwick, Mayor
   Term ends April 2021
Jane Veron, Deputy Mayor
   2nd term ends April 2020
Justin Arest
   1st term ends April 2020
Lena Crandall
   1st term ends April 2020
Jonathan Lewis
   1st term ends April 2021
Seth Ross
   2nd term ends April 2021
Rochelle Waldman
   1st term ends April 2021

Scott Silberfein, President
   2nd term ends June 2020
Pamela Fuehrer, Vice President
   2nd term ends June 2021
Karen Ceske
   1st term ends June 2022
Carl Finger
   1st term ends June 2022
Christopher Morin
   2nd term ends June 2020
Ronald Schulhof
   1st term ends June 2022
Alison Tepper Singer
   1st term ends June 2021

League of Women Voters of Scarsdale


President: Leah Dembitzer

First Vice President: Elissa Ruback

Second Vice President: Anne Lyons

Recording Secretary: Joan Frankle 
Corresponding Secretary: Amy Cooper

Treasurer: Debbie Miller

Committee Chairs

Advocacy: Alissa Baum* and Elissa Ruback*

Audit: Jacqueline Irwin

LWVS Budget: Nancy Michaels

School Budget: Elissa Ruback*

Village Budget: Leah Dembitzer*

Bulletin Editor: Dana Matsushita*

Eblast/Publicity: Amy Cooper*

Social Media: Joan Bowen*

Website: Diane Baylor*

Finance Drive: Anne Lyons*

Winter Fundraiser: Diane Greenwald

School Election: Amber Yusuf*

Village Election: Diane Baylor*
Environment/Sustainability: Deb Pekarek

Hospitality: Kitt Rosenthal* 

Luncheons: Anne Lyons* 

LWVW Liaison: Renée Baylor* 

Membership: Erika Rublin* 

Membership Statistician: Diane Baylor*

Nominating Chair: Pam Rubin

Planning & Zoning: Deb Pekarek

Program/Education: Cindy Dunne

Voter Service: Ronny Hersch* and 
Beatrice Sevcik*

Youth Engagement: Elissa Ruback*
Students Inside Albany: Joan Bowen* and Erika Rublin*

* Board members