The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Summer Social August 9th, 2015
Ten dollars per person payable to LWV of East Nassau
October 14, 2015 for District Attorney stay in touch for more information.
Student Inside Albany 2015
Brian Herman from Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick was our Student Inside Albany this year. His closing remarks at the annual dinner follows; “This trip up to Albany was not just another thing to put on my resume for a future job, it was to improve my expertise in government and see what I can do as a citizen of this great nation to further change on issues on matters that with help the benefit of others. That is the beauty of democracy and I challenge anyone to question that as I had that experience throughout my three days in Albany which demonstrated all the traits of a representative government. So thank you again for this once in a lifetime experience and I hope that this program will continue for those after me.”
League Applauds Legislature for Support of
Public Education and Women’s Issues
But Demands Further Action on Reform of Ethics and Campaign Finance Laws
The League of Women Voters of New York State applauds the state Legislature for their steadfast commitment to public education. We are heartened that public taxpayer dollars will continue to go to fund quality public education. We encourage the Legislature and the Governor to focus their attention next budget session on the billions of dollars owed our high needs districts under the 2007 settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case.
The League also commends the Legislature for securing stronger laws for women, including strengthened equal pay laws, physical harassment laws and improved measures for trafficking survivors.
We are, however, greatly disappointed that the Governor and Legislature have yet again failed to fully engage in long-overdue ethics and campaign finance reforms, even in light of the indictment of both the state’s legislative leaders. They must act as soon as possible to strengthen enforcement of the state’s ethics laws and reform the state’s extraordinarily lax campaign finance laws including closing the LLC loophole. “We must restore trust and dignity in State government” said Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director.
Until we get critical reforms to take money out of politics and have meaningful ethics oversight, we will continue to have voter apathy and public disdain for our state government (from the State Voter use the link on this site for more items on the State site).