Committees

One option for getting involved with the League is to join a committee. Sign up

Affordable Housing Committee

Chair: Tiana Leonard

Join us every third Thursday of the month at 10:30 am. We tackle NYC's need to create and preserve affordable housing. There is much to be learned and lots of action surrounding the problems, policies and programs in all the boroughs. In the past few years we have advocated for zoning changes to increase the supply of affordable housing, joined a coalition to improve community boards to make them more responsive to community needs, and created a task force in partnership with the Women’s City Club to raise civic engagement and empower resident associations in public housing developments. We frequently invite speakers from nonprofit or government organizations to inform us about proposed legislation.

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Board of Elections

Elections Specialist: Kate Doran

Kate Doran attends the weekly meetings of the Commissioners of the NYC Board of Elections. Kate prepares and delivers testimony to the NYC Council and the NYS legislature on election/voter related matters. She works with the state League’s Elections Specialist in Albany and with a NYC coalition of nonprofit, good government groups to improve election administration and push for reforms in accordance with LWV positions.

LWVNY Election Law Reform

Read the testimonies given by Kate Doran on election reform

Campaign Finance Reform Committee

Chair: Robin Bahr

Join us in our efforts to promote a state law creating a public campaign financing program similar to the NYC Campaign Finance Law. Following the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, we have advocated for a prohibition on inter-political transfers of money and for greater disclosure of campaign contributions.

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Education Committee

Co-Chairs: Nancy Schwartz and Mary Jenkins

Join us if you are interested in issues such as universal free pre-K (which the League favors), the Common Core, or how NYC public schools are run.

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Environmental Action Committee

Co-Chairs: Mary Anne Sullivan and Beth Kelley

Join us if you want to advocate for more use of sustainable energy sources (such as offshore wind power) and for ways to protect the environment and health of those living and working in NYC from the effects of the Trump administration’s efforts to increase fossil fuel usage as well as to limit environmental protections.

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Fund Development Committee

Co-Chairs:

Join us to enable the League to fulfill its goals by raising funds through a variety of methods, such as an annual appeal, grant writing, and festive social events.

Membership Committee

Chair: Mary Jenkins

Join us if you’re interested in recruiting and welcoming new members, reaching out to existing members to encourage participation in League activities, striving to enhance the diversity of our membership, organizing membership drives in different parts of our community, and planning events such as happy hours—we’re open to your suggestions!

PR Committee

Chair: Vanessa Santos

Join us to help promote the goals and activities of the League by enhancing visibility through various methods, including press releases, social media, and print materials.

Program Committee

Chair: Joanna Leefer

Join us if you’re interested in planning events that educate people about public policy issues. We meet on the first Monday of the month; join us at either 10:30am or 6pm. The Chair meets twice to accommodate committee members who prefer daytime meetings and those who prefer evenings.

Voter & Information Services Committee

Co-Chairs: Fannie Conner and Barbara Ettington

The Voter & Telephone Information Services Committee conducts voter registration drives throughout the five boroughs, trains organizations and individuals on how to conduct voter registration drives, and provides speakers to organizations and schools about why voting is important and what to expect on the ballot.

The Volunteers who staff our Telephone Information Service provide callers with vital voting information and related matters. We also have a Committee member who is an observer at the NYC Board of Elections Commissioners’ weekly meetings. This volunteer advocates to improve election laws, simplify and modernize the registration and the voting process. See list of reforms

If you’d like to join this committee, all are welcome. We currently have three work groups addressing: Voter Registration Events, Voter Registration Volunteers, and Get Out The Vote. Click here for calendar of next meeting date as well as training dates.

To request an event at your organization, please complete this form.

To volunteer to help staff one of the many Voter Registration Drives, please complete this form.

Women's Issues Committee

Co-Chairs:

Morning Meetings-Carole Mehlman

Evening Meetings-Adlerette Kebreau

Join us if you’re interested in promoting advocacy and education on issues such as pay equity, reproductive rights, domestic violence, and paid leave. Our current focus is on child care issues.

Issues

In addition to the issues that are addressed by our committees, other issues that are current League priorities include:

The main focus of the national League’s advocacy efforts in 2017 will be to fight against voter suppression laws. Sign the League’s petition to stop voter suppression!

The New York State League advocates on a wide variety of issues. Click here to see the issues that are priorities now.

 

Adopting Positions by Consensus

After studying an issue, the League decides whether to adopt a position based on a method known as “consensus.” Consensus is not the outcome of a vote; it is based on mutual agreement arrived at through a guided, informed discussion in which everyone has an opportunity to express views and the subject is examined from all sides. A committee looks for areas of agreement where consensus has been reached in order to create the League’s position. The national and state Leagues adopt positions after numerous local Leagues have studied an issue and arrived at a consensus.