League of Women Voters of Saratoga County

Another Session Ends Without
Needed Ethics Reform

Ethics reform cartoonThe legislative session has ended and in the final hours (and middle of the night), the legislature managed to pass an "ethics reform package" that does not even begin to scratch the surface of campaign finance and ethics abuses in New York State. The core reforms pushed by the League and its good government allies have been aimed at getting the money out of politics. If the legislature were serious about changing the culture of corruption in Albany, they would have closed the LLC loophole, increased disclosure of discretionary funding, and removed the pay to play culture by lowering contribution limits. Instead the legislature has once again danced around the issue to distract the public from what is really going on: abuse of power and unlimited campaign contributions from unknown sources!

We need your support to continue fighting against this appalling lack of progress. Please make a gift to the LWVNYS Action Fund today and help us continue out work to pass real campaign finance and ethics reforms.

gold starAnnual Year in Review

Read about all the work that our volunteers have done this year in our Annual Review! The Voter Services Committee had an active year with numerous voter registration drives, candidate events, Vote 411 voter guides and more. Plus our very busy board and volunteers ran an impressive number of youth and educational programs. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

Constitutional Convention for New York?

Constitutional Convention provisionEvery 20 years, the state constitution requires a statewide referendum on whether to convene a constitutional convention. The next vote will be November 7, 2017.

Connect:NY, WCNY's statewide TV news and public affairs program, is airing a 6-part series on the possibility of a NYS Constitutional Convention. Susan Arbetter will host monthly conversations on six key aspects of the issue:

  • May 16, 2016 NY's Constitutional Convention: Halley's Comet of Change
  • June 2016 Re-imagining New York: Environment
  • July 2016 Re-imagining New York: Crime & Punishment
  • August 2016 Re-imagining New York: Ethics & Power
  • September 2016 Re-imagining New York: Education
  • October 2016 Con Con 2017: From Imagination to Reality?

    Episodes of Connect:NY air Mondays at 9 p.m. on WCNY, and on local PBS stations across New York. The program will be available via streaming at wcny.org.

Hands-on work to safeguard democracy

You can be part of a grass roots network of women and men in communities across the country. Here in Saratoga, we are actively involved in making democracy work. We conduct candidate forums, provide voter registration information to local High School seniors, produce an online Voters' Guide, and lobby on many important issues in Albany.

Because your local membership dues also enroll you at the state and national League levels only a small portion of the dues stay here in Saratoga County. We work hard to write grants and raise funds to support our events and activities, so we have been able to keep our dues at the same level for the past four years. Join our vibrant group!

Aside from membership, you can stand with us and support our efforts by making a donation to support our activities.

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