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HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED RUNNING FOR THE CHAPPAQUA BOARD OF EDUCATION? THINKING ABOUT BEING A CANDIDATE IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTION? PETITIONS ARE DUE APRIL 21st? 

Have you thought about running for a seat on the Chappaqua Board of Education? The terms of two members of the elected five-member Board of Education expire in June 2014, so two Board positions will be up for election on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. School Board candidates run “at large” and not for specific seats. Of the candidates who appear on the ballot by filing a petition with District Clerk Theresa Markley by April 21, the two candidates who receive the largest number of votes will fill the two seats. Victoria Tipp, whose first term expires this year, will seek reelection for a second term. Karen Visser, whose first term also expires this year, has not announced publicly whether or not she will seek reelection.

If you are curious about learning more information about what a Board of Education member does and whether this might be a position for you, consider attending one of these events:

  • The Chappaqua PTA and the League of Women Voters of New Castle will jointly host an informational meeting on Thursday, April 3rd in the Bell School Library at 7:30 p.m. Current or past Board of Education members will be sharing information on the responsibilities and requirements of the position and information on how to become a candidate will be available.  The co-sponsors seek both to encourage able and interested citizens to run for the Board of Education and to help educate potential candidates on the responsibilities and requirements of a Board position. If you would like more information about this meeting, please contact either Haley Ferraro, PTA Budget Vote Coordinator at hmferraro@yahoo.com or (914) 241-1996, or Lea Barth, League of Women Voters Board Member at barthpetrillo@gmail.com or (914) 238-5153. 
  • The Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association will hold a Workshop for Prospective School Board Members on Thursday April 10th from 6:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. in White Plains. For more information, please to visit the WPSBA webpage. 

Whether or not you decide to attend either of these sessions, anyone interested in running for the Board of Education should contact Theresa Markley, District Clerk at (914) 238-7225 to obtain a petition.  The deadline for filing the petition is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21st.  The election will be Tuesday, May 20th at the Horace Greeley High School Gymnasium.

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Girl Rising Screening

 
GIRL RISING FILM SCREENING

Our Girl Rising screening at the Chappaqua Library on January 16th was a great success! It was a sold out show of over 170 seats. $2,200 was raised to sponsor 2014 annual school fees for girls in low-income countries through The School Fund. For more information about The School Fund, go to www.theschoolfund.org   

The screening was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters® of New Castle and Molly Rosenthal. Molly is a 7th grader in New Castle who attended a Girl Rising screening last spring and was inspired to bring the film to her own community.



NY WOMEN'S EQUALITY COALITION

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Candidates' Night a Huge Success

 We had a full house in the Chappaqua Library for our Fall Candidates' Night, and, thanks to NCCMC,  75 people were able to watch the event streaming live, and the online video received over 2.200 hits.

2013 League Day at the United Nations

October 8, 2013
Over 100 people attended the 2013 League Day at the 
United Nations to hear a briefing on the United Nations 
Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women 
campaign. This campaign aims to raise public awareness and 
increase political will and resources for preventing and ending 
all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

Click here for presentations and reports discussed at the briefing.

Watch livestream at Day of the Girl Summit or after the event.

League of Women Voters of New Castle Holds Second Successful Voter Registration Drive

The League of Women Voters of New Castle launched an extensive voter registration drive in Westchester in order to engage new voters before the November election. The League participated in National Voter Registration Day on September 24th and registered voters at multiple sites in Northern Westchester, including Westchester Community College.Thank you to Pam Alvi, Lea Barth, Barbara Cardone, Sheila Bernson, Maggie Christ, Haley Ferraro, Ann Herrero, Mary Kirsch, Melanie Smith Klein, Dianne Kleinmann, Richard Korte, Carin Lin, Jennifer Mebes Flagg, and Karen Zumwalt for volunteering. 


HGHS Junior Jacob Bayer 

Attends 2013 Students Inside Albany 

Jacob Bayer, an 11th grade student at Horace Greeley High School, was chosen by the League of Women Voters of New Castle to attend this year’s Students Inside Albany Conference, organized by the League of Women Voters of New York State. This thirteenth annual Students Inside Albany Conference took place from April 14th-17th, 2013, and brought together approximately 40 students from across the state to Albany to get a first-hand education about their state government. 

Click here to read Jacob's account of his experience.

NY Campaign Finance Reform

NY State's campaign finance system is broken; it is characterized by sky-high campaign donation limits, lenient restrictions on mingling personal and campaign funds and ineffective enforcement of the laws. Governor Cuomo has stated this issue is a priority for his 2013 agenda.

But ... change will only happen if informed citizens push for reform. For more than 20 years, the League of Women Voters of New York State has been advocating for these and other reforms to restore trust in our political system. On Monday, March 11th, our League joined local league chapters across the State, and presented a State League educational program analyzing the weaknesses of current campaign finance regulation and suggesting reform.

For a comprehensive look at campaign finance and reform, read the LWVNY briefing paper, Preserving our Democracy: A Case for Campaign Finance Reform in New York.

APRIL 8th IS EQUAL PAY DAY

Did you know it takes the average woman fifteen months of work to make as much as the average man makes in one year? April 8th marks the day in 2014 the average woman's earnings will catch up to what the average man earned in 2013. Shocking isn't it?

Just one year out of college, women working full time are already paid less than their male colleagues, even when they work in the same field, according to a 2012 American Association of University Women’s study. More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women and minorities continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay.

The New York State Women's Equality Act and the federal Paycheck Fairness Act would advance equal pay by closing existing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act that allow employers to fire or reprimand employees who share wage information and by increasing damages in successful claims. Fair pay strengthens the security of families today and eases future retirement costs, while enhancing the American economy.

The New York State Pay Equity Coalition (NY$PEC) has been working for years to level the economic playing field for women and families. Now, working with the Women’s Equality Coalition made up of over 850 organizations across New York, including the League of Women Voters of New Castle, we are hoping to make major progress.

The Women's Equality Act and the pay equity bills that the NYS Assembly has championed and will be passing again on April 8, 2014 are steps in the right direction. Let your NYS Senator know that you think women and minorities should be treated fairly in the workplace.

For more information go to http://nywomensequality.org.

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CONVERSATION WITH THE SUPERVISOR

The League  hosted a conversation with Town Supervisor Rob Greenstein on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. 



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