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Naturalization Court

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!

Constitutional Convention: Pros and Cons, October 23, 2017

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Listen to the podcast of our Constitutional Convention Forum: Pros and Cons:

Constitutional Convention: Pros and Cons, October 23, 2017.

On February 7, 2017, Sally Robinson, Vice-President of Issues and Advocacy from LWVNYS discussed the "Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of New York State's Constitutional Convention Question" at an event co-sponsored by the LWV White Plains, our LWV New Castle, and numerous other local area leagues.

- Powerpoint presentation - "An Overview of the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of New York State's Constitutional Convention Question"
- Video of presentation

Additional educational materials are available at

Media and Politics: The Impact on our Democracy, April 6, 2017

The days of newsman, Walter Cronkite "the most trusted man in America" have passed. Today, 24/7 cable channels, broadcast media and social media have changed the way we receive the news. With the many cable news networks, Twitter and Facebook it is often hard to sort out fact from fiction and news from entertainment. Some people are bombarded with information and then there are others who avoid social media and cable news. All these factors have had a great impact on the electoral process in the United States.

The League of Women Voters of New Castle Forum on media and politics addressed these issues and the impact they had on the 2016 Presidential election and will have on elections moving forward, both local and national.

Moderated by Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D.
Political Analyst and Professor at Iona College

Jon Klein, Cable News and Internet Executive
Jerry McKinstry, Media Strategist and Journalist
Phil Reisman, Columnist/Radio Talk Show Host

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Chappaqua Library Theater, 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY.

LWV Media and Politics Forum, April 2017 from New Castle Media Center on Vimeo.

Coverage from The Inside Press