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Elections Coming Soon

Get Ready to Vote - Learn About the Candidates and the Issues

 

Vote411.org

 

Visit the League's Vote411.org to get a personalized list of races on your ballot with candidate biographies and answers to questions and also look for our Vote 411 signs on CDTA buses in Rensselaer County. 

 

Also, see below for a YouTube video explaining the LWVNY's support of State Ballot Proposition I: Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure. 

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

 

October 2014

Oct. 23: Candidates Forum, 20th Congressional District (see below for details)

Oct. 28: Candidates Forum, 43rd NYS Senate District (see below for details)

 

Oct. 28: Last day to postmark application for absentee ballot for Nov. 4 elections

 

Oct. 29: Informational meeting on Ballot Proposition I: Redistricting (see below for details)

November 2014

Nov. 4: Election Day.

LEAGUE-SPONSORED ELECTION EVENTS:

 

All events are open to the public and barrier-free. No charge. For more information, contact Margaret Story at MrgStry@aol.com or 272-1566. 

 

1. Candidate Forum

20th Congressional District: Jim Fischer and Congressman Paul Tonko

Thursday, October 23, 2014

7:00-8:45 PM

Clifton Park-Half Moon Library

 

This Congressional seat represents the voters of Albany and Schenectady Counties and parts of Montgomery, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.

 

The first three segments of the forum will be devoted to the topics of economic, domestic, and foreign policy. Questions will be directed to both candidates by a panel composed of: Matthew Hamilton from the Albany Times Union and Haley Viccaro from the Schenectady Gazette, as well as LWV members Don Bell (Rensselear County) and Kathy Koebrich (Saratoga County). The fourth segment of the forum will be open for written questions from audience members.

 

The Clifton Park-Half Moon Library is located at 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park.  It is easy to reach from the Northway. 

 

2. Candidate Forum

43rd NY Senate District: Senator Kathleen Marchione and Brian Howard
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Brunswick Community Center

 

The Brunswick Community Center is located on Keyes Lane in Brunswick off Route 7.  It is about 2.2 miles east of the intersection of Rte.7 and North/South Lake Avenues in Troy or about ¼ mile west of the intersection of Rtes. 7 and 142.


3. Informational Meeting

Ballot Proposition I: Redistricting 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7:00 PM

St. John's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, Thompson Room

Discussion Leader:

Laura Ladd Bierman, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of NYS

 

This ballot initiative has aroused controversy. Some feel it leaves redistricting in the hands of the Legislature while others, including LWVNYS, feel it is a step in the right direction and a chance we cannot afford to miss. Come hear Ms. Bierman’s presentation and make up your own mind before Election Day!

 

St. John's Episcopal Church is at 146 First St. in downtown Troy on the corner of First and Liberty Streets. There is a large, church-owned parking lot across the street.

 

In New York State.................

 

LWV NY (Home page)

 

State Ballot Proposition I: Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure.  LWVNY supports this proposition which will be on your ballot in November. To see a YouTube video on the proposition, CLICK HERE 

 

The proposal would amend sections 4 and 5 of Article 3 of the State Constitution and also add a new section 5-b to the article. It would revise the procedure for drawing state legislative and congressional districts and more specially, would:

 

  • establish a redistricting commission every 10 years beginning in 2020, with two
    members appointed by each of the four legislative leaders and two members selected by the eight legislative appointees;
  • prohibit legislators and other elected officials from serving as commissioners;
  • establish principles to be used in creating districts;
  • require the commission to hold public hearings on proposed redistricting plans;
  • subject the commission’s redistricting plan to legislative enactment;
  • provide that the Legislature may only amend the redistricting plan according to the established principles if the commission’s plan is rejected twice by the Legislature;
  • provide for expedited court review of a challenged redistricting plan; and
  • provide for funding and bipartisan staff to work for the commission.

 

Current News from LWVNY

Capitol Beat Blog -- Check it Out for the Latest Scoop on the NYS Legislative Session.
This is an informative and entertaining column/blog written by the LWVNYS Legislative Director Barbara Bartoletti.  It contains timely updates on legislative action pertaining to League concerns and shares a bit of political gossip, as well. To reach Barbara's blog,
CLICK HERE.

 

LWVNY's 2014 Legislative Agenda: Steps to a Better New York CLICK HERE for details.

 

Campaign Finance Reform - Support lower contribution limits, increased disclosure and a system of small donor matching funds. In particular, support stronger and effective campaign finance enforcement with increased penalties for violations.

Election Reform - Improve election processes to extend, encourage and protect voting, including paperless and Election Day registration, better ballot design, improved polling place management/poll worker training, and measures to ensure the integrity of all ballots. 

 

Natural Resources -- Support protection and management of New York’s natural resources in the public interest, including energy conservation and energy options from renewable sources.

 

Women's Equality Agenda - Support equality for women and their families through preserving access to reproductive health care, ensuring fair treatment at work, and helping survivors of violence.


Other Government-Related Positions - The League also has positions on other
Government Issues, including Ethics, Transparency, and Individual Liberties, as well as Health Care, the Judiciary, State Finances, and Social Policy, including Transportation Policy, under which we can and do take action.


STATE GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY AND LEGISLATIVE WEBSITES

* Open Book New York -- This website is part of State Comptroller Thomas DeNapoli's effort to promote opennes in government and help taxpayers learn more about how their tax dollars are spent. Sections include: (1) Track New York's Stimulus Spending, (2) Search State Agency Spending, (3) Search State Contracts, and (4) Search Local Government Spending.


* New York Open Government (formerly Project Sunlight) -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman noted in updating the open government website that: “Secrecy breeds corruption, while transparency generates confidence. .... [the revamped website] will help the public keep an eye on what their [NYS] government is doing in order to deter corruption and increase confidence in the public sector.

This site is a one-stop-shop for New Yorkers demanding up-to-date and comprehensive information about their government.” The website has many of the same features as its predecessor. You can search campaign contributions, lobbying clients, charities, state contracts and more.

 

* SeeThroughNY -- This website is sponsored by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, part of the non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.  The purpose of the site is to give New Yorkers a clearer view of how their state and local tax dollars are spent. They can find out about the NYS Budget. They can also can share, analyze and compare data from counties, cities, towns, villages, and school districts as well as public authorities throughout New York. The information on this website comes from official government sources, but the Empire Center cannot guarantee data accuracy or completeness.

*NYS Legislature:

          -- www.assembly.state.ny.us

          -- www.nysenate.gov

          -- http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menuf.cgi


In the Nation................

 

LWV US (Home page)

 

Current news from LWVUS
Blogs from LWVUS

 

The League of Women Voters (US) Work CLICK HERE for details

 

Protecting Voters - Voting Rights, Improving Elections, DC Voting Rights

Engaging Voters - Registering Voters, Educating Voters

Reforming Money in Politics - Money In Elections, Ethics and Lobbying
Defending the Environment - Clean Air Defense, Global Climate Change, Fracking
Other Work - Reforming Immigration, Advancing Health Care, Gun Safety, Fixing Fiscal Policy, Improving Government, Global Democracy

 

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Other Leagues in our region:


To learn what nearby Leagues are doing, check out their websites: 

* LWV of Albany County

* LWV of Schenectady County

* LWV of Saratoga County


 

 

Updated - October 16, 2014