Sunshine Week - March 16 - 20. Look for coverage this week in the Albany Times Union and check out the government transparency links below.
Women's History Month - March 2014. To learn about events and link to lesson plans for teachers, documentaries about women fighting for change, photos of suffragettes from the National Archives and more, CLICK HERE.
In Rensselaer County..........
The League of Women Voters & Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County
The Faces of Agriculture in Rensselaer County
A panel discussion exploring the diversity of farming in Rensselaer County
and the challenges facing our local farmers in the 21st century
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Meeting Room, 61 State Street, Troy, NY
(next to the Rensselaer Co. Office Building,
1600 Seventh Avenue)
Saturday, MARCH 29,
FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC
Panelists will discuss: environmental mandates, loss of farmland, development pressures,
cost of land, new generation farmers, energy costs, labor availability and costs,
modern technology applications and more
Kris Brock, dairy farmer, Schaghticoke
Graduate of LEAD NY program
Linda Bulson, Homestead Farms, Cropseyville
Community Supported Agriculture
Eric Sheffer, Sheffer's Grassland Dairy, LLC, Hoosick
Grass-based Dairy with Rotational Grazing
Ken Johnson, The Farm at Kristy's Barn, Schodack
Phil Herrington, Herrington Farms, Inc., Brunswick
Large Dairy Business
Other Leagues in our region:
To learn what nearby Leagues are doing, check out their websites:
* LWV of Albany County
* LWV of Schenectady County
* LWV of Saratoga County
In New York State.................
Current News from LWVNY
Capitol Beat Blog -- Check it Out for the Latest Scoop on the NYS Legislative Session.
This is an informative
and entertaining column/blog written by the
LWVNYS Legislative Director Barbara
Bartoletti. It contains timely updates on legislative action pertaining to League concerns and shares a bit of political
gossip, as well. To reach Barbara's blog, CLICK HERE.
LWVNY's 2014 Legislative Agenda: Steps to a Better New York CLICK HERE for details.
Campaign Finance Reform - Support lower contribution limits, increased
disclosure and a system of small donor
matching funds. In particular, support
stronger and effective campaign finance
enforcement with increased penalties
Election Reform - Improve election processes to extend, encourage and protect voting, including paperless and Election Day registration, better ballot design, improved polling place management/poll worker training, and measures to ensure the integrity of all ballots.
Natural Resources -- Support protection and management of New York’s natural resources in the public interest, including energy conservation and
energy options from renewable sources.
Women's Equality Agenda - Support equality for women and their families through preserving access to reproductive health care, ensuring fair treatment at
work, and helping survivors of violence.
Other Government-Related Positions - The League also has positions on other
Government Issues, including Ethics,
Transparency, and Individual Liberties, as
well as Health Care, the Judiciary, State
Finances, and Social Policy, including
Transportation Policy, under which we
can and do take action.
STATE GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY AND LEGISLATIVE WEBSITES
* Open Book New York
-- This website is part of State Comptroller Thomas DeNapoli's effort to promote opennes in government and help taxpayers learn more about how their tax dollars are spent. Sections include: (1) Track New York's Stimulus Spending, (2) Search State Agency Spending, (3) Search State Contracts, and (4) Search Local Government Spending.
* New York Open Government (formerly Project Sunlight) -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman noted in updating the open government website that: “Secrecy breeds corruption, while transparency generates confidence. .... [the revamped website] will help the public keep an eye on what their [NYS] government is doing in order to deter corruption and increase confidence in the public sector.
This site is a one-stop-shop for New Yorkers demanding up-to-date and comprehensive information about their government.”
The website has many of the same features as its predecessor. You can search campaign contributions, lobbying clients, charities, state contracts and more.
* SeeThroughNY -- This website is sponsored by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, part of the non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. The purpose of the site is to give New Yorkers a clearer view of how their state and local tax dollars are spent. They can find out about the NYS Budget. They can also can share, analyze and compare data from counties, cities, towns, villages, and school districts as well as public authorities throughout New York. The information on this website comes from official government sources, but the Empire Center cannot guarantee data accuracy or completeness.
In the Nation................
Current news from LWVUS
Blogs from LWVUS
The League of Women Voters (US) Work CLICK HERE for details
Protecting Voters - Voting Rights, Improving Elections, DC Voting Rights
Engaging Voters - Registering Voters, Educating Voters
Reforming Money in Politics - Money In Elections, Ethics and Lobbying
Defending the Environment - Clean Air Defense, Global Climate Change, Fracking
Other Work - Reforming Immigration, Advancing Health Care, Gun Safety, Fixing Fiscal Policy, Improving Government, Global Democracy