Local league activities pattern themselves after the League of Women Voters NYS and League of Women Voters US. Local programming is additionally formulated to reflect issues and concerns of our local communities and region. Among recent activities:
Several members of our local League joined with other women's groups in welcoming New York's Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for the announcement of the Woman's Suffrage Centennial Commission Act at Munson Williams Proctor Institute on October 3, 2016. Over 100 women attended the announcement ceremony in which Representative Richard Hanna and his young daughter also participated.
We've had a busy, interesting year with several informative meetings on topics related to our community. In addition to monthly voter registration activities at Federal and County Citizenship Ceremonies; a judicial candidate forum and Constitutional Convention information meeting; the selection of a student from local schools to participate in Students inside Albany; and members Mary Chapin, Dawn Laguerre, and Flor-ence Wood receiving community recognition awards, general meetings were held on:
We distributed to libraries and the general public, over 400 LWVNY-issued Voter Guides, which list registration deadlines, explain the voting process, and describe the platforms of state-wide candidates for office.
Since our quest is to inform and educate the public on issues that affect their everyday lives, on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the New Hartford American Legion Post 1376, we sponsored a debate for the two candidates vying for the Oneida County Court Judge position + which drew a crowd of about 85 people. In addition, on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the same legion hall, we conducted a public forum to inform voters on a prospective New York State Constitutional Convention, (Con-Con), to review and amend the NYS Constitution. This proposal will be on the ballot for the November 7, 2017, General Election. This forum gave attendees an opportunity to learn more about this complex issue from LWVNY Executive Director, Laura Ladd Bierman and LWVNY Program and Policy Director Jennifer Wilson.
We were delighted also for the opportunity, on February 13, to appear on the Bill Keeler Show, WIBX Radio-AM950, to announce and discuss the February 16 public forum, which raised awareness within the community and heightened attendance. Of course, our Voter Service Committee knows well that none of the above-mentioned events could have happened without the support, enthusiasm, and commitment of our associates and fellow League members.
Contact the Voter Services committee at Voter_Services@lwvuticarome.org.
The student that has been selected to represent LWV Utica/Rome this year is Nakiesha Newton, currently a senior at Thomas R. Proctor High School. She holds a 94.5 GPA, is a varsity sports athlete, is a talented musician and is fluent in Mandarin. Despite her rigorous schedule, Nakiesha finds time to volunteer in the community and is an active member of her church. Her career goal is to become a civil rights attorney. We are excited about the talents that Nakiesha will bring to Albany as she represents the Mohawk Valley.
Additionally, our league convened a meeting of women's organizations this spring. The goal was to avoid duplicating efforts and to promote each other's suffrage events. A shared calendar was created and is now on our website promoting suffrage events locally. Our members have since attended many interesting and educational programs throughout the community. The coalition discussed ways to work together such as our group doing voter registration at certain events and people in attendance expressed an inter-est in regrouping in three to four months. Our league will facilitate that.
Our league has arranged for a bus trip to the New York State Archives/Museum in Albany to see the special suffrage display of items of their own and borrowed from other museums across the State that show how New York State women and some men built momentum to pass suffrage. The trip is planned for Saturday April 14, 2018. Plan on bringing friends, your children or grandchildren to this event.
Full suffrage was not obtained nationally until 1920 and its success was the rationale for the start of the League of Women Voters so expect many more acknowledgements of women's efforts in the next few years.
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Support of measures to reduce pollution in order to protect surface water, groundwater and drinking water has been a League issue at all levels for decades.
After our local study, LWVU/R supported the 1965 referendum creating the Part County Sewer District. In 2006 County legislation formed an expanded district of 13 municipalities plus 2 from Herkimer County.
An aspect of our local Smart Growth study (adopted (2002) is post-study monitoring (adopted 2008) of the Oneida County Sewer District Permit Compliance and Abatement Project to be completed in 2021.
Detailed quarterly progress reports to DEC prepared by O'Brien & Gere Engineers can be found at Oneida County Dept. of Water Quality and Water Pollution Control http://www.ocgov.net/wpc.