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Education and Advocacy

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Candidates" Night for the Democratic Party Primary for Senate District 40

The League of Women VotersŪ of New Castle held a Candidates' Night for the Democratic Party primary for District 40 of the NYS Senate on Wednesday, September 7th. Peter Harckham and Robert Kesten answered question from a full house at the Chappaqua Library. If you missed the event, you can view it online at

The winner of the primary will run against Republican Senator Terrence Murphy, who does not have a primary challenger. The primary will be held on Thursday, September 13th.

For up-to-date information on all primaries, candidates and your polling places, go to


On July 26, 2018, at the White Plains Courthouse on MLK, Jr. Boulevard in White Plains, NY, 115 people became newly naturalized citizens of the United States. Mary Kirsch and Sheila Miller Bernson from the League of Women Voters of New Castle represented the League of Women Voters of Westchester at the Naturalization Ceremony, and Kathy Schreiber represented Polly Cooper Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Mary, Sheila and Kathy, standing side by side, welcomed each new citizen with a handshake and big smile after they received their Certificates of Naturalization from Timothy C. Idoni, County Clerk and Susan Kiernan, Executive Deputy County Clerk. Kathy handed out a small American flag and a brochure (with an American flag pin attached) entitled, "Flag Code," and Mary and Sheila distributed a League brochure, "Welcome New Citizens" that provides information on voting. In an adjacent room, there were representatives to assist these new citizens in getting the US passports, as well as representatives from the Westchester County Board of Elections to help fill in voter registration forms. Hon. Sam Walker, Supreme Court Judge, welcomed the new citizens and shared his personal history. Judge Walker arrived in the United States in 1970 from Jamaica as a teenager, and focused getting an education. He encouraged the new citizens to "settle down and aim high." He concluded his comments by saying, "Now you can vote," which resulted in spontaneous applause from the audience. The crowd was joyous and represented many different nationalities from all over the world. Many children and family members and friends accompanied the newly naturalized citizens to this important ceremony. If you haven't yet attended a Naturalization Ceremony on behalf of the LWV of Westchester, it is a truly wonderful and heartening experience. Children are welcome! _______________________________________________________


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