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!
Listen to the podcast of our Constitutional Convention Forum: Pros and Cons:
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.
Additional educational materials are available at http://www.lwvny.org/programs-studies/con-con-edu.html
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.