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:
Our 2018 - 2019 organizational year was busy with the various activities related to registering voters at several Mohawk Valley locations and the almost monthly Naturalization Services held in Federal or Oneida County facilities, including historic Fort Stanwix in Rome.
In addition to voter registration activities, the selection of a student for the League's Students Inside Albany endeavor; member Dianne DiMeo, received a YWCA Mohawk Valley Salute to Outstanding Women Award in the area of Healthcare and Shirley Hilts-Adams received the Civic and Humanitarian Award from the NYS Women, Inc.
Our general meetings, held every two months, covered the following topics:
A 50-minute presentation Wednesday, October 24th was attended by about 75 students, staff and League members when "Vote Smart Facts Matter" came to MVCC at the League's request, armed with their 2018 Voter's Self-Defense Manual entitled, Our Darkest Hour--a 100-page sampling of data on candidates and elected officials including biographies, voting records, issue positions, special interest ratings and contributors--all geared to educate the voter.
We were successful in scheduling two debates this past election season for candidates vying for NYS Assembly seats--one for the 118th District Assembly held (9/25/18) in Johnstown, and the other for the 119th District Assembly held (10/30/18) at the Oneida County History Center (OCHC). A debate of the Utica School Board Candidates (5/9/19) was also held at OCHC. The Mohawk Valley Latino Association and the Oneida County Branch of the NAACP co-sponsored the school board debate.
Contact the Voter Services committee at Voter_Services@lwvuticarome.org.
The League of Women Voters, Utica/Rome Metro Area chapter chose Annie Le for this year's Students inside Albany program. Currently a junior at Thomas R. Proctor High School, Annie, is a NJROTC Battalion Logistics Commander. In this position, Annie is responsible for over $150,000 in inventory. She directs the action of 12 platoon supply petty officers, and is proficient with the NJROTC inventory tracking system. She is a well-rounded individual with a black belt in Taekwondo, plays varsity sports, and is a talented musician. As a violinist, Annie was chosen to be first chair of the symphony orchestra. In addition, she is President of the Junior class, and Mock Trial Debate President. Despite her rigorous schedule, Annie finds the time to volunteer in the community and is an active member of her church. Her career goal is to become a Civil Rights Attorney.
Several Letters to the Editor were submitted by League members and printed in the Utica Observer-Dispatch (O-D) over the last several months. The O-D also printed an OP-ED article by Lu Blanchard on the Equal Pay issue. A Publicity Plan for the coming year is under development.
Our league has a long history of interest in clean water issues going back to study and then support for the 1965 referendum creating the Part County Sewer District. In the early 2000's our study of SMART GROWTH in Oneida County identified water quality as a key component.
Projects at the Water Pollution Control Plant itself starting in 2017 marked the beginning of a 4 year upgrade at its location. Completion in 2021 of the projects now well underway will meet the goal of increasing wet weather capacity from 55 million gallons daily (MGD) to the regulatory mandated 111 MGD. Other outcomes there will include capacity increased pumping station and screens, aerobic digesters with energy recovery of gas, provision to accept source-separated food waste from the Oneida County Recycling Center and rehab of buildings and process equipment.