Bulletin
May 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 and yours are well and enjoying the beautiful spring weather.  

Across the country, primary elections will begin, with New York’s Primary Election occurring on June 28. In many states, anti-voter legislation has been enacted which limits the number of drop boxes in high-density areas, allows purging of voting rolls, and adds obstacles for working people, seniors, young, and first-time voters. Organizations such as the League will be countering the effects of these measures through voter education and advocacy. The League remains committed to protecting the rights of citizens to vote and will continue to advocate for federal voting legislation which will override voter-suppression tactics. 

In New York, there are a few voting measures included as part of the 2022-23 NYS Budget recently signed into law by Governor Hochul. One measure requires that polling places be located on or nearby college campuses with 300 or more registered students. This measure will also prevent the division of college campuses into multiple voting districts. Another measure included in the Budget will require election boards to provide a postage-paid return envelope for voters to mail absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots. This postage requirement takes effect July 1, so it won't cover absentee ballots submitted for the primary election in June, but it will be in place for the General Election in November.  

This April, the LWVS has been busy helping with local voter registration efforts as well as working on educational and civic matters. We are partnering with the New Rochelle League, through a grant provided by the New York State League, to help five towns in Westchester pre-register and register high school students to vote.  

We had our first indoor, in-person event at the Scarsdale Public Library–a visit with Dorothy Wickenden, author of The Agitatators: Three Women Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights. Thank you to all of the community members who joined us for this fabulous event. Wickenden prepared a fascinating and inspiring presentation and generously answered audience questions and signed copies of her book.

In addition, we issued our Village Budget Consensus Statement at the Village Board’s public budget hearing.  

The LWVS Voter Service chairs are busy disseminating voter information on the School Board and Budget Vote on May 17. You may view the Proposed School Budget 2022-23 and read the League’s School Budget Consensus Statement

Soon we will be hosting our Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon at Scarsdale Golf Club, where we will have another incredible program featuring Jerika Richardson, Senior Vice President for Equitable Justice & Strategic Initiatives at the National Urban League on the topic of “The Future of Voting Rights: Current Battles and Where We Go From Here.” At the meeting, we will vote on our Proposed Annual Budget for 2022-23, our Proposed Local Program for 2022-23, and our Proposed Slate of Officers, Board Members and off-Board Nominating Committee Members for 2022-23. Please note that you have to be a current year member in order to vote. We look forward to seeing you at our Meeting and Luncheon!

It is a tremendous honor to serve as President of the Scarsdale League. I am so proud of the work that we do and am inspired and amazed by my fellow Board members, League members, and the community members with whom we work throughout the year.

At this time, I fill various committee chairships for the 2022-23 League year. Please contact me if you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities and ways to become more involved in the LWVS.

Our Membership Drive for 2022-23 will take place in early September. We welcome our entire community to join the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale. You may email me with any questions about League membership.

Please join us for our Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, May 6, 10:45 a.m., Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Scarsdale Golf Club
  • Stay tuned for details of a Candidate Forum for Congressional District 16, organized by the Westchester League.

Most importantly, remember to vote!

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 Election; 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:
  • Via email to hadams@scarsdaleschools.org, OR
  • Via regular mail or in-person to Honore Adams, District Clerk, 2 Brewster Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

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.
June Primary Elections:
Stay Tuned for Updates from the LWVS

The courts may delay certain primary races because of the redistricting litigation described below. In the meantime, we do advise you to check your voter registration status at the New York State PortalJune 3 is the last day to register to vote in person or to postmark your voter registration form (registration form must be received by June 8) in order to vote in the Primary Election.

Questions regarding voting in the Primary should be directed to Lauren Fields, Beatrice Sevcik, or Jessica Zellner, the LWVS Voter Service Chairs.
Redistricting

New York State Redistricting

After New York State’s newly-created Independent Redistricting Commission failed to propose one set of US Congressional, NY Senate and NY Assembly maps to the NY State Legislature, the Legislature, within days, passed bills proposing its own maps, without any public hearing or opportunity for public comment or questions. Governor Hochul signed the bills into law on Feb 3. The Scarsdale League shared in the disappointment of the New York State League with this process and, in particular, with the Legislature’s failure to allow for public input. A lawsuit was subsequently filed in the New York courts, challenging the new maps. A New York State Supreme Court judge's decision on March 31 invalidated the new maps, stating that the Legislature had failed to follow the NYS Constitutional process approved by voters and that the Congressional lines also violated the new anti-gerrymandering provisions of the NYS Constitution. The Court ordered the Legislature to submit new maps, with bipartisan support, by April 11, stating that it would otherwise retain a neutral expert to prepare new maps. It did so on April 18, appointing Jonathan Cervas of the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University to draw the new lines. This appointment may be moot, however, because the decision has been appealed.

On April 15, the New York League filed an amicus brief in the case, calling for the Appellate Division to invalidate the Legislature’s electoral maps, asserting that the constitutionally-mandated process for redistricting was violated by both the Independent Redistricting Commission and the Legislature. The New York League stated that the NYS Constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2014 requires that the New York courts, not the Legislature, draw the electoral maps. 

On April 21, the Appellate Division issued an opinion which 1) rejected the State Supreme Court’s determination that the redistricting process violated the Constitution; 2) held that the U.S. Congressional map violated the Constitution’s anti-gerrymandering provisions; 3) upheld the State Senate and Assembly maps; and 4) gave the Legislature until April 30 to enact a new U.S. Congressional map. 

The Appellate Division’s decision was appealed to the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court. On April 27, the Court of Appeals invalidated U.S. Congressional and State Senate redistricting maps as “procedurally unconstitutional.” The Court ordered the New York Supreme Court, with the assistance of a neutral special master and input from relevant parties, to draw new constitutional maps “with all due haste.” The Court acknowledged this will likely result in a delay in the primaries from June to August. We will keep you apprised of any developments in the state redistricting effort.



Westchester County Redistricting

Every 10 years, following the decennial census, the Westchester County Board of Legislators meets to consider county legislative district lines. This process began on April 27 when the BOL hosted a virtual public forum to gather community input. Kathy Meany, President of the Westchester County League, submitted a statement. We will keep you apprised of any developments in the County redistricting effort.
Upcoming Events
May
  • 5/6, Friday:
  • 10:45 a.m. LWVS Annual Membership Meeting. Guest speaker: Jerika Richardson
  • 5/17, Tuesday:
  • 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. School Budget Vote and School Board Election, Scarsdale Middle School

June
  • 6/13, Monday:
  • 9:00 a.m. Joint Board Meeting, Scarsdale Public Library

League of Women Voters of Scarsdale

cordially invites you to its

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 

  • Budget Adoption 
 
V. 2022-2023 Local Program Presentation
  • Local Program Adoption
 
  • 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 Author Visit:
Dorothy Wickenden
On April 3rd, League and non-League members gathered at the Scarsdale Public Library to hear Dorothy Wickenden discuss her book, The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights. Her 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.

Wickenden spoke of her personal connection to Auburn, the town where her grandmother, the subject of her previous work, Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Girls in the West, was raised. It was at Wickenden’s visit to the Seward House Museum that she learned of Frances Seward’s letters, discovered among other Seward family papers and deemed “worthless” by historians and curators. Instead, Wickenden found that these letters revealed a story that had largely been silent: the connection of these women and their truly revolutionary exploits in fighting to achieve equal rights.  

At the end of her talk, Wickenden answered questions and signed copies of her book. All in attendance enjoyed Wickenden’s riveting talk and were inspired by the lives of these three women.
Other Announcements
2022-2023 Village Budget

At the April 26, 2022 Village Board meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to adopt the General Fund Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Village Budget, which includes a tax levy increase of 3.7%, a $216.67 increase for the average Scarsdale homeowner (at a $1,510,000 home value). The adopted tax levy increase matches the amount presented in the tentative budget.
Various Village Trustees mentioned that the adopted 2022-2023 budget strikes an appropriate balance between investment and fiscal prudence. Trustees praised the new approach to the budget process in which priorities were evaluated within and across departments and certain budget practices were revised to provide more accuracy and transparency. 
Links:

Update: Village Study of the Renovation of the Pool Complex Continues
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 Report 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 next step of this process will be determining community sentiment. To that end, this week, a statistically valid survey will be mailed to 2,000 of the 5,481 households in the Village. Then, at the end of the month, a similar web-based survey will be open to the entire community to complete. In addition, in June, there will be two in-person opportunities, at specific dates and locations not yet determined, where the public can provide input.  

Look out for these surveys and in-person meetings to weigh in on the fate of the Scarsdale Pool Complex!

And, if you are interested in looking at this process more closely, 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.
LWVS in Action 2021-22

Follow the link below to read about what the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale has accomplished this year!

LWVW Annual Meeting and Convention:

The 2022 LWVW Annual meeting is Thursday, June 9, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club. Come meet other local League members, hear about the past year’s accomplishments, learn about the 2022-23 Advocacy Program, and meet the new leadership team. George Latimer, Westchester County Executive, will be the keynote speaker. A buffet supper will be served. Register at the LWVW website.

Running & Winning

On April 21, the LWVW and the AAUW hosted their unique one-day program for Westchester County female high school juniors and seniors in Running & Winning at Manhattanville College. The program goal is to support our young participants’ aspirations to serve in public office and develop their leadership potential, and at the same time, to help our government institutions increase gender parity. 
Membership Announcements
Thank You

The LWVS accomplishes so much in the community through the hard work of its volunteers. I would like to extend thanks to the volunteers who contributed much time and energy during the month of April.

Thanks to Tracy Tang for all her work on the Village Budget consensus statement. Thanks to Elissa Ruback for her wise counsel and supportive work.  

Thanks to Lauren Fields, Beatrice Sevcik, and Jessica Zellner for their work on Voter Service. Thanks to Lauren Tetenbaum Dorman and Cindy Yau for organizing Students Inside Albany.  

Thanks to Dana Matsushita for her careful, thoughtful and detailed work on the LWVS Bulletin and our email communications to membership. Thanks to Joan Bowen for keeping the community apprised of our events and important voting information on social media. Thanks to Diane Baylor for taking such careful minutes at our meetings and for her excellent editing skills.  

Thanks to Erika Rublin for managing the League’s finances and Jenny Tabak for her work as statistician. Thanks to Diane Baylor, Dana Matsushita, and Jenny Tabak for helping with the logistics of our author event. 

Thanks to Anne Lyons for her work in planning and the LWVS Annual Meeting–no small feat in these still uncertain times. Thanks to Heedan Chung, Beatrice Sevcik, and Jessica Zellner for framing the discussion with our guest speaker. Thanks to Jyoti Ruta, Sara Pinto, and Kitt Rosenthal for their important Board work.

Thanks to Nancy Michaels and the LWVS budget committee - Erika Rublin, Diane Baylor, Leah Dembitzer, Anne Lyons, and Debbie Miller - for their work on the 2022-23 LWVS proposed budget. 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 Dorothy Wickenden, our guest author, for a fascinating and inspiring talk. Thanks also to Mark Fowler and Jessica Kaplan, owners of Bronx River Books, for providing additional copies of the book on the day of the event, as well as Librarian Claudette Gassler and Head Custodian Charlie Muscat for their hard work in ensuring that the event was a success.

I look forward to the positive work that lies before us. Stay informed, stay engaged, and most importantly, VOTE!

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

As of April 30, 2022
Board of Trustees

Jane Veron, Mayor
  Term ends April 2023
Sameer Ahuja
1st term ends April 2023
Karen Brew
1st term ends April 2023
Jeremy Gans
1st term ends April 2024
Jonathan Lewis
  2nd term ends April 2023
Ken Mazer
1st term ends April 2024
Randall Whitestone
2nd term ends April 2024
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.
Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport – Get Involved!

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.