Making Democracy Work

LWV of Huntington

About LWV Huntington

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.

Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

Members Meeting 3:15 pm, February 15 Elwood Public Library  
Death with Dignity Concurrence & Charter School Position Update

Following our monthly Board of Directors meeting on February 15, LWV Huntington members are invited come together at the Elwood Public Library, located at 1929 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY, to consider our concurrence with the LWV Utah's Death with Dignity position and an update of the LWV New York's position on charter schools.   

Background 

During the 2017 LWN New York State Convention, delegates' approved to consider concurrence with the LWV Utah's Death with Dignity position and to update the LWV New York's position on charter schools.  Each local League has been requested to notify the LWV New York of its approval or rejection of these decisions.  After a brief review of these positions, we will determine whether our League:

Does or does not concur with the League of Women Voters of Utah's Death with Dignity' position.  This position supports the passage of state laws that grant the option for a terminally ill person to request medical assistance from a relevant, licensed physician to end one's life.  The LWV Utah believes such legislation should include safeguards against abuse for the dying and/or medical personnel.     

Approves or rejects updating the LWVNY's current position on charter schools in New York State.  The update would delete the sentence in this position that caps the number of charters that could be granted at 100. Since the policy was written in 2006, the cap has been exceeded and is therefore no longer a relevant number. Please note that deleting this sentence will not effect of the League's current position on charter schools. The League will continue to support a limitation on the number of charters in New York State. The League believes that the number of charter schools should not be increased without evidence of prior successful implementation.  

Learn More 

The complete set of study materials developed by the LWV Utah to determine their Death with Dignity position can be found on the LWV New York website at: http://www.lwvny.org/programs-studies.html#death.  The LWV New York Charter Schools Update materials can also be found on the LWV New York's website at: http://www.lwvny.org/programs-studies.html#charter.

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RECENT EVENTS

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Suffolk County Legislature Meet the Candidates Night

On October 30, candidates for the Suffolk County Legislative 13th, 16th (Susan Berland and Hector Gavilla), 17th (Thomas Donnelly, Michael Troetti, and Robert Schuon), and 18th (Dominic Spada and William Spencer) Districts were invited to share their positions on issues that were of relevance to the community of Huntington. In accordance with the LWVNY 'no empty chair' policy, the opposing candidate for the 13th County Legislative District seat, Colleen Maher, was not present, therefore, Mr. Robert Trotta did not participate in the debate but was available to circulate with the attendees at the end of the evening. One of the three candidates for the 18th District seat, Richard Florio, was also not present, however since the remaining two candidates were present they were permitted to participate.

To view the full length video of the proceedings on your League's YouTube Channel, please link here

Recording Policy: The content of this forum is owned by the LWV. No one is permitted to edit footage for any purpose. Any use of the authorized recording requires the advanced approval of the LWV.

Huntington Township Meet the Candidates Night

On October 23, 2017 at the Harborfields Public Library, the League of Women Voters of Huntington (LWV of Huntington) and the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce conducted a forum during which candidates for Town Supervisor (Tracey Edwards, Chad Lupinacci & Michael Raspantini), Town Council (Mark Cuthbertson, James Leonick, Emily Rogan, & Edmund Smyth) and Superintendent of Highways (John Clark & Kevin Orelli) were posed questions regarding issues that were of relevance to the community of Huntington.

View the forum video here

Recording Policy: The content of this forum is owned by the LWV. No one is permitted to edit footage for any purpose. Any use of the authorized recording requires the advanced approval of the LWV.

Become a Member

Do you want to Make Democracy Work?

The League began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. Our work was soon expanded to support all citizens in participating fully in this nation's political process. It is in and through the local League that members determine, directly and indirectly, what the League does and how it does it. Your Huntington League membership dues support all levels of League activity. As a member you will receive the Huntington Voter newsletter and automatically become a member of the Suffolk County, New York State and the United States League of Women Voters.

To join just download the following image or click here to download our Membership Application form. Please print it, fill it out, and mail it along with your dues check to: League of Women Voters of Huntington, PO Box 20693, Huntington Station, NY 11746. to join us today!

Activities Calendar

Youth

Two Huntington Students Selected for the 2018 Students Inside Albany Conference

We are delighted to announce that one student from Cold Spring Harbor High School and another from Harborfields High School have been selected to attend this year's Student Inside Albany Conference. The Committee was impressed with their enthusiasm, maturity and strong desire to bring back what they learn in Albany to their schools and the larger community. They will participate in a four-day interactive program, which will be held at our State Capitol that gives students insight on how their state government functions and on the responsibilities and roles of their local state representatives.

2017-2018 School Year Programs

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Huntington is inviting area schools to participate in four distinct programs for high school students. Each program is developed to inspire and educate students about our political process and promote civic education. In addition to these listings, the League can coordinate programs with the Suffolk County Board of Elections to bring schools. We are also interested in discussing ideas for new programs.

Students Inside Suffolk County
March or April 2018 (Date to be Determined by Suffolk County Legislature)
Open to All High School Students
This full-day program, which will be held at the Suffolk County Legislature, gives students an opportunity to meet with a number of legislators to learn about the legislative process at the county level.

Running and Winning
April 18, 2018
Open to Junior and Senior Year Girls
Running and Winning is an interactive program that encourages girls to take an active interest in government and politics. Students will have the opportunity to meet women public officials, interview them, and work in small groups on the project, `Women Can Win'.

Students Inside Albany
May 20 to May 24
Open to All High School Students
A four-day interactive program, which will be held at our State Capitol that gives students insight on how their state government functions and on the responsibilities and roles of their local state representatives. We will be providing additional information about the program and an application for students who are interested in being considered for attending the program in December 2017. The League of Women Voters pays for all expenses including transportation to Albany.

VOTE 18
After January 1, 2018
Open to All High School Students
We will bring this interactive session to your school to impress upon students the importance of voting. This in class, one-period session includes a brief history of enfranchisement in the U.S., a mock election where topics in the upcoming election that are important as well as relevant to students will be discussed. Eligible students will also have the opportunity to register to vote. Teachers can request the dates and times they want us to present the program.

For additional information about these programs or to get involved with our Youth Committee, please contact:

Judie Gorenstein
Youth Committee Co-Chair
631-491-3177 JudieL728@aol.com

Fran Hyde
Youth Committee Co-Chair
631-549-3737 FSH1@OPTONLINE.NET

Issues Education

Shedding the light on political issues is central to the League of Women Voters of Huntington education and advocacy activities. Our nonpartisan policy requires us to guard against the application of biased or imbalanced information. Therefore, the League of Women Voters of Huntington is conducting programs to help the members of our community become informed on issues that are vital to the general well-being of society and are at the forefront of today's politics. The initial series focused on the current and future state of health care policy.

The State of US Health Care Policy Jan. 25, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTLv1Fr5zM4&feature=youtu.be The League of Women Voters of Huntington examine the logic behind our nation's policy to expand its citizen's access to health insurance coverage. We compare the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Rep. Tom Price's and Rep. Paul Ryan's bills to replace ACA. We also look at how successful ACA has been in meetings its goals in improving the quality, cost, and access to health insurance coverage. Presenter: Colette Knuth, PhD, League of Women Voters of Huntington

Health Policy Voices from the Front March 8, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YQQDJMUrW0

Meeting to gain insight about the implementation of health care policy from the perspectives of patients, medical providers, employers, health insurers, and public policymakers.   Overview: Colette Knuth, PhD, League of Women Voters of Huntington Panelists: Nicole Christensen, MS, CEO, Care Answered Kathy Giffuni, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, Nurse Manager, Dolan Family Health Center Michael B Grosso, MD, FAAP, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, Huntington Hospital Lauren Licausi, MA, Director of Human Resources of Cedar Realty Trust William R. "Doc" Spencer, MD, Suffolk County Legislator  Jeff Weiner, CEO of HKM Associates Insurance Services

Medicare & Medicaid Myth Busting April 8, 2017 https://youtu.be/a4-no5TzJA4

Meeting to describe the basic components of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, provide evidence that confirms or refutes leading beliefs about the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and to identify strategies to navigate participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  Overview: Colette Knuth, PhD, League of Women Voters of Huntington Panelists:  Michele L. Albohn, CMP, In Good Hands Medicaid Consulting LLC Nancy Gaska, President, WizdomCare Senior Solutions

Media Resources

Get up to the minute information about our activities, positions, and upcoming meetings on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lwvhuntington/).

Watch full length videos of LWVH events, including Meet the Candidates forums, on our YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrXW4czkjOv0BbQ0_1-ghbg).

And if you rather get away from your computer but still catch up with our work, tune in to Cablevision Public Access Station 115 at 5PM each Wednesday.

LWV Huntington Voter

The most recent issue of LWV Huntington's Voter publication (as a pdf)
Or view it online at https://www.flipsnack.com/easyreader/the-huntington-voter-feb-march-2018.html.

News from Town Hall

January 3, 2018

This was the first Town Board meeting presided over by Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci. The new Councilmembers were Edmund Smyth and appointee Joan Cergol. Councilman Cuthbertson was reelected and Councilman Cook continued his term. The meeting was brief. Hearing 1 concerned one blighted property.

The new twice monthly schedule for Town Board meetings for the year was presented with one meeting at 2:00 and the other at 7:00 to allow for more accessibility.

Councilman Cook requested an audit of the Town's finances by the NYS comptroller's office. Councilman Cuthbertson responded that an audit was conducted 3 years ago by NYS and he did not think a new audit was necessary considering the Town's AAA Bond Rating and the yearly audit of the Town's finances by an independent auditor. The vote for the request was carried.

The rest of the meeting was centered on appointing and reappointing personnel to different departments.

In other news...

In December the Town received a NYS grant of $1.7 million for the construction of a village parking garage.

Nearly 2000 residents flocked to Town Hall, before the December 31st deadline to pay their taxes for 2018 in advance, in order to receive the usual deduction before the new federal tax laws take effect in 2018.

The next meetings are January 23 at 7:00 PM and February 6 at 2:00 PM.

Submitted by:
JoAnn McCarthy

Leadership

Officers of LWV Huntington

President
Colette Knuth

Vice Presidents
Pat Fuchs
Judie Gorenstein
Brenda Walker

Treasurer and Membership Chair
Joyce Whitehead

Recording Secretary
Pat Fuchs

Editor of Voter
Brenda Walker

Elected Directors
Elizabeth Hennessy
Fran Hyde
Barbara Magaliff
JoAnn Alario-Paulsen
Rosemarie Sepanski
Dianne Slavin

Appointed Directors
Ann Gardner
Linda Lessing
Arlene Forwand, Corresponding Secretary

Honarary Directors Emerita
Irene Ferrand

Contact Us

We welcome inquiries about our work and how we can help you make democracy work.  Feel free to email our President or any of our Committee Chairs if have questions about the League of Women Voters of Huntington.  You can also call us at (631) 421-5164.

President:
Colette Steward Knuth CSKHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org

Legislative committee chair:
Arlene Forwand AFHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org

Voter Service committee chairs:
Dianne Slavin DSHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org
Barbara Magaliff BMHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org

Youth committee chairs:
Judie Gorenstein JGHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org
Fran Hyde FHHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org

Membership and Development committee chair:
Joyce Whitehead JWHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org

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