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:
We've had a busy, interesting year with several informative speakers on topics related to our community. In addition to monthly voter registration activities at federal and county Citizenship Ceremonies; Mayoral candidate forums in Rome and in Utica; the selection of two students from local schools to participate in Students inside Albany; and members Mary Chapin, Lucretia Hunt, and Dawn Laguerre receiving community recognition awards, four general meetings were held on:
Workshops by the LWV NYS were held in 4 locations across the state during March and April. Over 150 people attended the sessions, representing 39 local Leagues and the 3ILO's. The LWV of the Utica/ Rome Metro Area was represented at the training in Liverpool by Nancy Agen, Donna Goodwin, Shirley Hilts-Adams, Mary Monaco, Elizabeth Norman, Carole Torok-Huxtable, and Lorrie Wasielewski. Karen McBride attended the training in Round Lake in March. Handouts can be obtained or viewed at http://www.lwvny.org/training/index.html.
We conducted voter registration drives with student groups from Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica College, Herkimer College and Pratt at MWPI. Again this year, we staffed a voter registration table at the Oneida County Public Market at Union Station on Saturdays from August 15 to September 26, 2015. On May 2, 2016 we were at Utica's City Hall registering people to vote as they filed by to pay their first city property tax installment. Through a series of 11 county- and federal-sponsored naturalization ceremonies, we registered to vote a total of 233 new citizens.
At the invitation of the League of Women Voters of NY State, (LWVNY), we partnered with the New York Alliance for Donation to help bring awareness to the general public of the dire need for human tissue and organs for transplant. We called attention to the "tear-off" section on the voter registration form, where one can register to be an organ donor at the same time they register to vote. We continue to incorporate this organ donation "awareness campaign" in each of our voter registration drives.
At the request of the Rome Capitol Theater, on September 2, we conducted a "pre-primary" debate for the (5) candidates for the Mayor of Rome position, which drew an "SRO" crowd of 500 people! On October 6, 2015, we conducted, with the Mohawk Valley Latino Association, (MVLA) and the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, (NAACP), a debate for the (3) Mayor of Utica candidates, which was held at the DeSales Center in Utica.
In addition, we promptly accepted an invitation to give a presentation on the importance of registering and voting, along with the history of voting in the United States, to two classes of students in the "New Visions Program" of the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES on April 8. 2016. As a result, we registered 25 new voters! Our League is grateful for the opportunity to be of service to the community to promote good citizenship and extend the franchise.
Contact the Voter Services committee at Voter_Services@lwvuticarome.org.
The students that have been selected to represent LWV Utica/Rome this year are:
Our 2016 Students with Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Speaker Carl Heastie.
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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.