Bulletin
January 2022
In this issue:
  • Message from the President
  • Voter Service Information
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • Other Announcements
Message from the President
Happy New Year!

The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale had a very busy December filled with local civic engagement. We held two Information and Consensus Meetings: the first on the Village Election System during which Procedure Committee Chair, Becky Bach, answered League questions during an information session about our local political process. The second Information and Consensus Meeting served to inform the community about the context, content, and implications of changes to the SBNC Resolution. Sarah Bell, Administrative Committee Resolution Vice Chair, graciously joined us and answered our many questions on this important topic.

In this issue of the bulletin, we have included updated information about the federal and state redistricting process that is currently underway. League Board members and Voter Service chairs, Lauren Hertzog Fields, Beatrice Sevcik, and Jessica Zellner, have been following the Independent Redistricting Committee’s meetings and are staying apprised of the process for the Scarsdale League.

As the LWVS moves into January, we begin another busy month, which includes our School Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting, as well as an exciting winter fundraiser event with guest speaker Khizr Khan! I encourage you to stay involved and active participants in our local government. Your participation will serve to enhance and strengthen our democracy!

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, January 21: School Election System Information Session and Consensus Meeting, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.
  • Sunday, January 30: Evening Speaker Event/Winter Fundraiser with Guest Speaker Khizr Khan, 8:00 p.m. via Zoom,
  • Monday, February 7: Local, County, and National League Program Consensus Meeting, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Best wishes,
Alissa Baum
Voter Service Information

School Board Nominating Committee Election

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 
7 - 10 a.m. and 2 - 9 p.m. 
Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium Lobby 

The election of School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) members and the vote on SBNC Resolution amendments will take place on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Residents may vote in person in the auditorium lobby at the Scarsdale Middle School from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., or by mail-in ballot received by 4:00 p.m. on election day.  

SBNC Election:

Proposed SBNC Resolution Amendment Links:

In the event of a snow day or run-off election, the election will be held during the same hours and in the same location on the earlier of (i) Wednesday, January 12, or (ii) the next day school is in session. For more information, visit the Scarsdale SBNC website.
Redistricting

Public Hearing: January 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) began its public
outreach this summer, which consisted of constitutionally mandated public hearings around the state, including hearings held on November 8, in White Plains, and on December 5, virtually, where various individuals, including Westchester County League President Kathy Meany and Scarsdale League President Alissa Baum, testified regarding their respective communities of interest.

Both League leaders expressed disappointment in the IRC’s failure to attain bipartisan consensus and offer voters one set of redistricting maps to review. In addition, Baum alerted the IRC that one of the proposed maps for the NY State Assembly improperly divided Scarsdale into two different districts. The complete LWVS November 8 Statement and other redistricting information can be found on the LWVS website.  

The IRC will hold a public hearing on January 3 at 11:00 a.m. during which they will vote on the redistricting maps to be sent to the legislature. The IRC will have one more opportunity for revision if the legislature rejects these initial maps. For more details about the hearing or to sign up for IRC updates, visit the IRC Website
Upcoming Events
January

  • 1/10, Monday:
  • 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
  • 1/11, Tuesday:
  • 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. SBNC Election, Scarsdale Middle School. Snow date: Wednesday, 1/12.
  • 1/21, Friday:
  • 10:00 a.m. Information Session and Consensus Meeting (School Election), Zoom
  • 1/30, Sunday:
  • 8:00 p.m. Evening Speaker Event/Winter Fundraiser: Guest Speaker Khizr Khan, Zoom

February

  • 2/7, Monday:
  • 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
  • 10:00 a.m. Information Session and Consensus Meeting (Local, County, and National Programs)

March
  • 3/9, Wednesday:
  • 9:00 a.m. Information Session and Consensus Meeting (School Budget)
  • 3/14, Monday:
  • 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
  • 3/24, Thursday:
  • 9:00 a.m. Information Session and Consensus Meeting (Village Budget)

LWVS Information Session and Consensus Meeting on the
School Election System

Friday, January 21, 2022 
10:00 a.m. via Zoom

The LWVS will hold a general membership information session regarding this year's School Board Nominating Committing (SBNC) election. Laura Liu and Laura Gelblum, SBNC Election Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, will be present to answer questions. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The SBNC Administrative Committee is the committee that solicits candidates for the School Board Nominating Committee and runs the SBNC election. Once SBNC members are elected in a given year, the SBNC nominates its 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.

For more information, please contact Jyoti Ruta, LWVS School Election System Chair, at LWVS.ses@gmail.com.

LWVS Evening Speaker Event/Winter Fundraiser

Guest Speaker Khizr Khan

Sunday, January 30, 2022 
8:00 p.m.

Register at

The League of Women Voters has been working to protect democracy for over 100 years.

The League is a nonpartisan organization. Our methodical process to achieve consensus is based on in-depth research of issues without the lens of a political agenda. Our focus is on promoting informed participation in government for all citizens of the United States through education and advocacy. There is no “us” vs. “them,” only “we.” The first words of the preamble of the US Constitution are “We the People” to stress that the U.S. Government was made by the people and exists to represent, protect, and serve them. The League of Women Voters works to empower all citizens to have a voice in the government that represents them and protects their rights.

On that note, we invite you to join us in a conversation with Khizr Khan, founder of Constitution Literacy and National Unity Center and advocate for religious freedom as a human dignity. After migration to the United States in 1980, Khan attended Harvard Law School and earned a LL.M. degree. He is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, various Federal District Courts, and Washington, DC and New York State courts. In his law practice, he devotes a substantial amount of his time to providing legal services to veterans, men and women serving in uniform, and their families. 
Khizr Khan is a Gold Star parent of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan. Capt. Humayun Khan was a University of Virginia graduate who was killed while serving in Iraq as he stopped an attack on his camp and saved the lives of scores of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery Section 60 with full military honors. 

Khizr Khan lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is author of three books, including An American Family - A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice, Founding Documents of the United States of America, and This is Our Constitution

Excerpt from An American Family: 

  • “In January 1972, I was a college graduate, fluent in three languages and studying law. But I knew almost nothing of America. Very few of us at the University of the Punjab did. The little I did know I’d learned from movies with forgettable titles, and those mostly involved cowboys. I’d studied none of the history or politics. I had no concept of independence as something that could be declared or demanded. If you have lived half of your life under martial law and the rest in a swirl of political chaos, Western ideals aren’t readily in your orbit. The idea that people could simply announce they were taking charge of their own affairs was so bold as to be unimaginable. It had never occurred to me.”
To attend this virtual event, please contact Alissa Baum, lwvspresident@gmail.com, to register.

This event is free to the public, but we hope you will consider donating to the LWVS annual finance drive. With so much conflicting information clogging our newsfeed, the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale provides a reasoned, factual and civil voice to our community.  

Please support us in our mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government.  
Students Inside Albany

Application Deadline: Friday, February 4

For the eleventh consecutive year, the LWVS will select two high school students to send to the annual Students Inside Albany conference held on May 22-25, 2022 in Albany, New York. 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 increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. This interactive conference will bring together high school students from across the state to learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policymaking arena. As part of this program, students will also tour the Capitol and observe both the Senate and Assembly in action by spending an afternoon shadowing their 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 via the button below and are due Friday, February 4.

For more information, see Youth Programs under the League of Women Voters of New York State website, or contact Cindy S. Yau at attorneyyau@gmail.com
LWVS General Membership and Consensus Meeting:
2022-23 Programming for our
Local, County, and National Leagues

Monday, February 7
10:00 a.m.

Please join the LWVS on Monday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. for a general membership and consensus meeting to discuss programming for LWVS and suggestions for programming for the Westchester and National Leagues for the upcoming 2022-23 year.

The recommended program for LWVS will be proposed for adoption by League members at the Annual Meeting in May 2022. Suggestions for the National and Westchester League programs will be communicated to the National and Westchester League Boards.

For more information, please contact Alissa Baum at lwvspresident@gmail.com.
Recent Events
LWVS Information Session and Consensus Meeting on the
Village Election System


On Monday, December 6, 2021, LWVS held an information session and membership consensus meeting regarding this year’s Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) election. The Information Session Agenda with Procedure Committee Written Responses was distributed via eblast and website posting in advance. Procedure Committee Chair Becky Bach presented and answered questions. 

The League consensus statement will be circulated via eblast and posted on the Local Programs and Positions page of our website in the near future.
LWVS Information Session and Consensus Meeting on the
Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution

On December 12, 2021, the League held a General Membership Meeting, open to the public, on the proposed amendments to the School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) Resolution. Jyoti Ruta, School Election System portfolio chair, researched the Resolution amendments and prepared League membership for the meeting. Resolution Vice Chair Sarah Bell 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. Follow this link to the LWVS Consensus Statement on the Proposed Amendments to the SBNC Resolution.

The League thanks the SBNC Administrative Committee and its Vice Chair Sarah Bell for her thoughtful consideration to the League's questions.
Other Announcements
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. The LWVS is forming a Pool Study Committee to follow this process and needs members to be a part of this new 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.
2022 County Budget Update

On December 8, 2021, the LWVW presented its member consensus statement regarding the proposed 2022 County Operating Budget at the virtual Westchester County Board of Legislators public hearing. Thanks to all committee members for their study of the proposed operating and capital budgets and for crafting a robust statement.
Membership Announcements
Thank You

The LWVS thrives with the support of our community of volunteers. I would like to extend thanks to the League volunteers who contributed much time and energy during the month of September.

Thanks to Diane Baylor for her thorough preparation for the Village Election System information and consensus meetings and for drafting the League consensus statement on the Village Election. Thanks to Jyoti Ruta for preparing us for the information and consensus meetings on proposed amendments to the SBNC Resolution.  

Thanks to Dana Matsushita for her meticulous and thoughtful work on the LWVS Bulletin as well as informational eblasts to our members. Thanks to Joan Bowen for staying on top of our social media and event publicity. 

Thanks to Heedan Chung, Erika Rublin and Jenny Tabak for their diligent work on membership. Thanks to Cindy Yau and Lauren Tettenbaum Dorman for their careful planning of Students Inside Albany.

Thanks to Suzie Hahn for her detailed and thoughtful work on the School Budget portfolio. Thanks to Elissa Ruback for her work on Youth Engagement and for her careful review of Board work.

Thanks to Anne Lyons for her work on the LWVS winter finance drive and for her wise counsel.

Thanks to Sara Pinto and Cindy Yau for their creative work as Programming chairs. Thanks to Lauren Herzog Fields, Jessica Zellner, and Beatrice Sevcik for their work on Voter Service. 

Thanks to Renée Baylor for being our liaison to the LWVW and for her understanding of League history. Thanks to Kitt Rosenthal for her encouraging support.

Thanks to Janice Starr for chairing the LWVS nominating committee. Thanks to Tracy Tang for taking on the Village Budget portfolio.

Thank you to Becky Bach, CNC Procedure Committee Chair, and Sarah Bell, SBNC Administrative Committee Resolution Vice Chair, for attending the League’s Information Sessions and responding so thoughtfully to the community’s questions.

Thank you to the entire League Board for vigorous and thoughtful discussion of local, state, and national developments.

We have an exciting year ahead -- and I look forward to all of the important work that lies before us.

All my best,
Alissa Baum
Membership Renewal Reminder

The League thrives with your support -- join the League today!  

If you have any questions, please contact LWVS Membership Co-chairs, Heedan Chung and Lauren Tetenbaum Dorman, at LWVSmembership@gmail.com
LWVS Nominating Committee
 
The 2021-22 LWVS Nominating Committee is calling for nominations to fill League Board Officer and Director positions for the 2022-23 year, as well as off-board member positions on the 2022-23 Nominating Committee.
 
The following is a list of our 2021-22 Nominating Committee members, all of whom are able to receive nominations for discussion and consideration:
  • Janice Starr* (Chair)
  • Heedan Chung
  • Kerry Hayes*
  • Dalya Khan*
  • Elissa Ruback

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to be considered for the 2022-23 League Board or Nominating Committee, kindly contact 2021-22 Nominating Committee Chair Janice Starr at janice.starr@gmail.com.
 
*Off-Board members were approved at our annual meeting in May, 2021.
Stay Connected!

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Bulletins will be sent via eblast and posted on our websiteFacebook page, and Twitter feed.

Contact us at LWVSMembership@gmail.com with any questions about your membership status or to change/update your contact information.
They Represent You
Village of Scarsdale

As of December 31, 2021
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
Suzie Hahn
Debbie Miller
Jyoti Ruta
Beatrice Sevcik
Jessica Zellner

Appointed Board Members

Renée Baylor
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: Renée Baylor

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 Budget: Suzie Hahn

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
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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.