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Reports from the Environment, Observer Corps, Judicial, Voter Service, Health Care, Working Group on Girls, Housing, and Consolidation/Shared Services Study,.

Civilian Police Review Board Report

The City of Schenectady Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) is up and running effectively, due in part to Helga Schroeter's persistence in reporting the need for more members on the Board in order to have a quorum and City Council member Lessa Perazzo reaching out into the community to find members for the Board.

Furthermore, Det. Lt. Edward Barbagelata (Office of Professional Standards) and Carl Falotico (Deputy Corporation Council) sit in on every meeting offering advice and answering any questions that might arise. Also, members of the Board may call Det. Lt. Barbagelata any time with concerns or questions.

The meetings take place the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM at City Hall. Members are provided with a list of the rules by which each member must abide. There are approximately five cases presented at each meeting. Overall, the meetings have been running smoothly. Board members are knowledgeable in their responsibilities, and appreciative of the assistance provided by Det. Lt. Barbagelata and Carl Falotico.

Flora Ramonowski, LWV Rep, CPRB

League Supports Women's Equality Act

The League of Women Voters of Schenectady joined thirty other local Leagues and the State League in signing on to support Governor Cuomo's plan to advance a 10 point Women's Equality Act that will remove barriers that allow discrimination and inequality based on gender.

We joined with 280 organizations to support this agenda. The agenda includes the following points:

  • Protect a Woman's Freedom of Choice by Enacting the Reproductive Health Act
  • Achieve Pay Equity
  • Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces
  • Allow for the Recovery of Attorneys' Fees in Employment and Credit and Lending Cases
  • Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws
  • End Family Status Discrimination
  • Stop Source-of-Income Discrimination
  • Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Stop Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All
  • Protect Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Laws

This topic will be part of the Legislative agenda during our visits to lobby with our elected Senators and Assemblymen in the coming months. If you are interested in joining several of us in making visits with these officials to present the legislative priorities for the year, please give me a call (Carol Furman 346-2746). A visit with our elected officials is very interesting and there is much support in materials and direction from the state League.

You may also find it informative to follow the Capital Beat Blog written by Barbara Bartoletti, our Legislative Specialist who volunteers her time to advocate for the League on almost a full time basis! You can check out her Blog at One important item on the blog is a report on the second vote in the Senate on a constitutional amendment on redistricting, which the League supports. Forty three Senators voted for the amendment, twenty opposed it.

Carol Furman, Lead

Local Action For Promoting Democracy

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Below are the topics under study by Schenectady County Committees.

Join a Local Action Committee!!!

Education Action Committee: Mary Maitino, Education Chair, visit Education Action Committee

Environment Committee: Ruth Bonn, Chair. For more information, visit Environment Action Committee

Committee Charge: To study and take action on local, regional, and national environmental issues. Meeting Times: As needed, please contact Committee Chair.

Observer Corps: Betsey Chase, Chair. For more information, visit Observer Corps

Working Group on Girls: Joanne Tobiessen, Chair. For more information, visit, Working Group on Girls Report

Judicial: Helga Schroeter, Chair. For more information, please visit, Judicial Report

Voter Service: Pat MacKinnon, Inge-Lise Pangburn, Jenny Overeynder, Elizabeth Cooke, Connie Young, and Cheryl Nechamen for voter registration. For more information, visit, Elections and Voter Information

Health Care: Carol Furman, Chair. For more information, please visit, Health Care Action

Housing/MHA Report: Pat MacKinnon, Chair. For more information, please visit, Housing

LWV National Policy Positions

Please click here for the LWV National Policy Positions. This pdf file will take about 26 seconds to upload for dialup connections. LWV National Policy Positions