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All LWV members and their guests are welcome to attend the

 

75th Annual meeting

of the

League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County

 

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Brunswick Barbecue and Brew

 

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Guest Speaker:

 

Casey Seiler, State Editor, Albany Times Union

and Co-Host of New York Now on WMHT

 

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Reservations: $25 per person due May 19.

Make check out to LWV of Rensselaer County and

mail to Christine Salmon, 190 North Lake Ave., Troy, NY  12180.

 

For more information, call: 272-6587

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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


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

 

LWV NY (Home page)

 

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


 

 

 

Updated - March 18, 2014