Democracy is not a spectator sport and we in the LWV of Huntington are definitely not spectators. We do voter registration drives, sponsor candidate nights, engage students in programs at their schools, help register new citizens at naturalization ceremonies, visit our elected politicians, attend Huntington Town Board meetings, do programs on the environment, health care, government, etc.
If you wish to know more about us, call the LWV of Huntington at (631) 421-5164 or email our officers or attend any of our meetings including board meetings. All are welcome!
LWV Huntington President: Colette Steward Knuth CSKHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org
Health Care in the US: Voices From the Front presentation is now available on youtube. Presented at the South Huntington Library on March 8
Voter Registration Voter Services Co-Chair Barbara Magaliff again took the lead in organizing our voter registration services at the Naturalization Ceremonies that are held at the US District Court Eastern District of New York. And to make registering to vote available to the widest community, Diane Slavin, Voter Services Chair and Barbara coordinated our presence at area libraries, high schools, colleges, places of worship, and other program centers. On National Voter Registration Day alone, LWV of Huntington members were present at over 20 sites throughout the community. We also had a large presence at two well-attended community events. It is worthwhile noting of how we were greeted by many attendees of these events with positive comments and words of encouragement. We are proud to report that through these efforts, our League was able to register over 1,000 citizens.
Candidate Forums Six candidate forums were conducted. Thanks to Brenda Walker and Joyce all three forums were videotaped and made available on YouTube, Facebook, and during our public access television slot. Joyce took on the job of updating our information about the candidates on the LWV's Vote411.org site. We partnered with the LWV of Nassau County ILO and the local Nassau Leagues to hold a forum for 3rd Congressional District primary candidates. A forum for the New York State 2nd and 5th Senate district and NYS Assembly 10th and 12th district candidates was held shortly after. Just days before the general election, we conducted a candidate forum for the hotly contested 3rd Congressional District. We are now active in conducting candidate forums for local school district board elections. We thank Nancy Rosenthal, President of the Nassau County League for moderating the first forum and Lisa Scott, President of the LWV of Suffolk County ILO for moderating at the last two forums. We also thank Judie Gorenstein for her guidance in clarifying and communicating our forum policies went far to make these events a valuable information-gathering experience for those in attendance.
HEARINGS: Hearing 3 concerned granting a zoning change to Residential Health Services District to Sunrise Development to build 90 units between West Hills Rd. and Jericho Tpk. on 5.8 acres for assisted senior living . Most of the residents in the surrounding area spoke in favor of this development.
RESOLUTIONS: The Parker Jewish Institute will supervise a program for 1 year for seniors at the Huntington Adult Day Care Program. The American Green Zone Alliance will create a "Green Zone at Heckscher Park and Huntington Town Hall. The Supervisor will apply for a grant from NYS to provide drug and alcohol prevention services and a grant from the Alzheimer's Foundation for a Family Respite Grant. Bonding: $150,000 for parking lot resurfacing, $800,000 to improve town buildings and services, $250,000 to buy a payloader, $150,000 to install fences, $150,000 to resurface athletic courts, $900,000 to improve Huntington Sewer District services, $150,000 to buy 2 packer truck bodies for the Consolidated Refuse District, $1,713,000 for improvements of the Dix Hills Water District, $500,000 for improvements of Greenlawn Water District. Councilman Cook opposed all bonding.
ENACTMENTS: Construction of 5 or more new residential units or mixed use developments must include a percentage of affordable housing or the developer must contribute to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund for first time homebuyers. Developers of apartments over stores will be required to provide parking within 1500 feet of the new residence. People who sell alcohol to underage children will be penalized. Public drinking will be penalized.
IN OTHER NEWS Tracy Edwards was endorsed by the Democratic Party to run for Supervisor, Eugene Cook won Republican endorsement for the same office. Others may challenge in primary elections. There will be 3 seats up for election on the Town Board. Councilwoman Berland will be running for the county legislature..
Submitted by: JoAnn McCarthy
Youth Programs Led by Fran Hyde and Judie Gorenstein, the work of the Youth Committee has been outstanding this year particularly in reaching out to our members and to our community's young people. In addition to coordinating the Running & Winning, Vote 18, Students Inside Albany, and Students Inside Suffolk County Legislature, members of the Youth Committee have met with high school and college students to gather their ideas about how they would like to become more politically aware and active. In line with that strategy, the Committee established a system in which individual League members are liaisons with a specific high school. Attendance at Committee meetings grew after it switched its meeting time from morning to evening to give working members and students the opportunity to attend. The Committee is partnering with two youth groups with interests in education and advocacy. The League co-sponsored a student debate on the merits of the Electoral College vs the Popular Vote and Capitalism vs Social Democracy with the Next Generation Politics student group in January; and is working with them to conduct another program focusing on Freedom of Speech. The League will co-sponsor with another youth group a town hall meeting at the Suffolk County Legislature on Civil Rights this spring. The Youth Committee and Voter Services Committees are also in the final days of completing a special project funded by the LWVUS to increase youth voter registration and voter participation.
Community Education In light of the recent public's concern over the quality of information available to them, our League initiated a program to give greater clarity on issues important to the LWV and the community in general. Dianne and Brenda led a taskforce in developing the content and delivery of this material. A three-part series on US health care policy was chosen as the topic to pilot this program. Each presentation was videotaped, posted on Facebook and YouTube, and aired on public access television. The Suffolk County Legislature Health Committee invited Colette Knuth, the League's President to speak to the Committee about the Affordable Care Act and American Health Care Act. In addition, Brenda Walker, who we thank for taking on the wonderful work of Barbara Jo Kingsley as the new editor of The Voter, added a new column to The Voter. This `Action Column', currently penned by Erica West, focuses on what our members can do to make their voices heard politically outside the voting booth. Attendee evaluations of these programs was very high, however, the Taskforce determined that additional work was required to develop strategies that emphasize working with like-minded organizations and to make our community aware of the importance of their attendance. Getting the word out about our important service is a task for all of our League activities.
Treasurer and Membership Chair
Editor of Voter
Arlene Forwand,Corresponding Secretary
Honarary Directors Emerita
Active committees of LWV Huntington include:
chair: Arlene Forwand AFHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org
Membership and Development committee
chair: Joyce Whitehead JWHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org
Anyone interested in being on these committees should contact the committee chair for information.