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Following a short business meeting, our speaker Eric Clifford, Chief of Police in the City of Schenectady, will present a talk entitled Building Trust in Our Community Police Department. Chief Clifford will discuss Neighborhood Engagement initiatives, what the Police Department is doing to interact more with the community, become more transparent, become leaders in the community, and encourage all members of the community to help to keep them safe.
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Please call or e-mail your reservation to Carol Furman or 518 346-2746 by May 28th. Some additional reservations can be accepted after that date but cancelations can only be accepted if a replacement can be found. Please state if you require gluten free meal
The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County is very pleased to bestow the Susan B. Anthony Award on Joan Johnson in recognition of her longtime commitment to the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Board which we find inspiring and a model for community service.
Ms. Johnson joined the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in March 2006, and continues as a member today in her 14th year of service. During her term Ms. Johnson served on several committees, including Chair of the Finance Committee, Tenant Advisory Committee, and Section 8 Rental Assistance Committee, and as a member of the Buildings and Grounds, Public Relations, Ethics, Bylaws, Lease Revision and Preserving Subsidized Housing Committees. She has also served as Treasurer of the Housing Authority continuously since 2008.
Ms. Johnson was instrumental in the creation of many important policies, including the revolutionary Smoke-Free Housing policy that helped hundreds of residents enjoy a healthier, smoke-free environment in their homes, the Family Reunification Program that reunites formerly incarcerated people with Public Housing family members, and the commencement of the revitalization of Yates Village, the Housing Authority's largest development.
In addition to her service on the Board of Commissioners, Ms. Johnson has served for many years on the Housing Authority's Resident Advisory Board, and as President of the Resident Council that serves over 400 families in the downtown area.
If you can volunteer, please call Helen MacDonald at 518-346-7006 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We could also use small suitcases with wheels for transporting Voter Registration materials to and from locations where Voter Registration events are being held. Contact Connie Young - email@example.com, 518 393-7061or Peg Foley - firstname.lastname@example.org, -518 346-3923 or Kay Ackerman - email@example.com - 518 393-5000 if you have one to donate.
Help in the massive project of counting packets of 25 tickets for each of the classrooms of those schools would be greatly appreciated. This job can be done at your home or Connie's.
To volunteer call Connie Young 518-393 7061 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Under the direction of the board, the New York State League has signed on as an organizational partner to NewYork Counts 2020. New York Counts 2020 is a broadbased, statewide coalition composed of racial, ethnic, immigrant, religious, health, education, labor, housing, social services, and business groups working in partnership with state and local government officials. Their aim is to ensure that New Yorkers across the state -particularly marginalized communities in hard-to-count districts- can fully maximize their participation in the 2020 Census. As a partner,the League will be working with the coalition to create and distribute educational materials and trainings. You can find out more about New York Counts 2020 by going to:http://www.newyorkcounts2020.org
Middle School Girls will take part in activities exploring Mediating Difficult Situations, Reaching Decisions, and Voting and leadership skills. If you would like to volunteer as a discussion or activity leader, or to help with organization at the activity, email Cindy Weissend.
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Census data is the basis for drawing district lines to ensure fair political representation. It is used to allocate resources for education needs, hospitals, veterans' assistance, public safety, disaster response, and business planning.
The Department of Commerce has surprised us all with a recent decision to add a new and unnecessary question to the census form, asking about the citizenship of the person completing the form. In response, the League of Women Voters has joined with business leaders, elected officials of all parties, grassroots leaders, and civic activists, to tell Congress to remove the citizenship question from the census for the following reasons:
It is the prerogative of a member to take no action or to take contrary action as an individual. Thus, as individuals, we all have the right to contact our public officials about matters of concern. What we learn from League sources can always be used to inform a person's individual action. "