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2014 Woman of Distinction Awarded to Judie Gorenstein

Suffolk Legislator Lou D'Amaro (D-Huntington Station) presents a Proclamation to Melville resident and Huntington League of Women Voters (LWV) President Judie Gorenstein as District 17 Woman of Distinction for 2014. Pictured from left to right are: Joyce W. Viscomi (Huntington Treasurer), Patricia Fuchs (Huntington Co-Secretary), Judie Gorenstein, Legislator D'Amaro, Mary McLaughlin (Suffolk County Legislative Director) and Nancy Marr (Brookhaven President, Suffolk Vice President).

Judie Gorenstein, co-president of League of Women Voters (LWV) of Huntington, has been selected by Suffolk Legislator Lou D'Amaro (D-Huntington Station) as the District 17 Woman of Distinction for 2014.

In 2002, the Suffolk County Legislature passed a Resolution authorizing each County Legislator to honor a "Woman of Distinction" from their local district. Ms. Gorenstein, a Melville resident, was nominated for the 2014 award by fellow Huntington LWV volunteer Mary McLaughlin. According to Ms. McLaughlin, Ms. Gorenstein, who began volunteering at the non-partisan LWV shortly after retiring from a two-plus decade career as a psychiatric social worker at the Sagamore Children's Center, became president of the Huntington Chapter in 2007 and immediately took such a commanding leadership role that her passion inspired other women in the League to also take on increasing responsibilities in various programs.

Under Ms. Gorenstein's direction, the LWV has gained even greater prominence in the local community and the Huntington Chapter has grown to nearly 100 members. Ms. Gorenstein's leadership is further exemplified through her work with the County LWV where she serves as Voter Service Director. In this capacity she has worked cooperatively with the Suffolk County Board of Elections to conduct comprehensive reviews of voter's election experiences. This analysis was especially critical in the County's transition to the optical scan voting machines. Ms. Gorenstein also serves as the New York State LWV's Director of Youth Programs and Citizen Education.

Legislator D'Amaro recognized Ms. Gorenstein on March 4th in the Legislative Auditorium at the Riverhead County Counter where they were joined by fellow LWV leaders Patricia Fuchs (Huntington Co-Secretary), Nancy Marr (Suffolk County Vice President, Brookhaven President), Ms. McLaughlin (County LWV Legislative Director, Huntington member) and Joyce W. Viscomi (Huntington Treasurer).

"Through her dedication, leadership and commitment to honoring the work of our sacred right to vote, Judie Gorenstein is a shining example of someone who selflessly gives back in everything she does," said Legislator D'Amaro. "It is a privilege to name Judie Gorenstein as the 17th District Woman of Distinction. She is truly deserving of this honor."

Cinema Arts + LWV Huntington Present

MONDAY- MARCH 10, 2014, 7PM To celebrate Women's History Month, LWV of Huntington is co-sponsoring a program at the Cinema Arts Centre.

The film Arise is narrated by Daryl Hannah. It highlights women from across the world who achieved success in preserving the environment in their countries.

Following the film, Adrienne Esposito, Senior Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment and LWV Huntington's Dorothea Cappadona, (also of the Conservation Board of the Village of Lloyd Harbor and Water For Long Island) will be speaking and as always there will be a reception to follow.

For more information, contact Brenda Reiss at 631-261-7093
Donation for Cinema members is $10, non members $15.


The LWV of Huntington is an active and vibrant nonpartisan voluntary organization. Our mission is to encourage and engage citizens into being active and educated participants in government. We never ever support a politician or party. However, if after a careful and thorough study of an issue, we do come to a consensus, we advocate and lobby for it as well as lobbying and advocating for the national and state league legislative positions.

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 Co-Presidents: Judie Gorenstein and Brenda Reiss


Active committees of LWV Huntington include:

Legislative committee
chair: Arlene Forwand

Voter Service committee
chairs: Dianne Slavin and Barbara Magaliff

Youth committee
chair: Eileen Coblens
co-chairs: Barbara Jo Kingsley and JoAnn Alario Paulsen

Health committee
chairs: Eileen Coblens and Barbara Magaliff

Anyone interested in being on these committees should contact the committee chair for information.