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NYS Ballot Proposals for 2023 General Election

Turn to page 2 of this guide for ballot proposals



Proposal 1: Removal of Small City School Districts From Special Constitutional Debt Limitation

Removes legacy inequities for cities of under 125,000 people, enacted before these districts voted for their budgets

Description of Proposal

The State Constitution limits how much debt a small city (a city with less than 125,000 people) school district, can incur. State law says their debt cannot be greater than five percent of the value of taxable real property; all other school districts’ debt cannot be greater than ten percent.

If this Constitutional Amendment passes, small city school districts would be eligible to have the same debt limit as other school districts as determined by state law.

Question as it Will Appear on the Ballot

The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 4 of the Constitution removes the special constitutional debt limitation now placed on small city school districts, so they will be treated the same as all other school districts. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Proposal 2: Exclude Indebtedness for Sewage Facilities Amendment

Extends the status quo for another decade — as has been done for 50 years to encourage sewering

Description of Proposal

The State Constitution limits the debt counties, cities, towns, and villages can incur. This debt limit has an exception to not include debt for sewage treatment and disposal construction projects. The current sewer debt exception expires on January 1, 2024. This amendment extends the sewer debt exception for ten more years until January 1, 2034.

Question as it Will Appear on the Ballot

The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 5 of the Constitution extends for ten years the authority of counties, cities, towns, and villages to remove from their constitutional debt limits debt for the construction of sewage facilities. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

A half-hour webinar on the two ballot proposals is available on our LWVofPWM YouTube channel



LWVofPWM Glen Cove Mayor’s Forum Covered by Long Island Herald

The Long Island Herald: Candidates address community concerns (link)

by Roksana Amid, Published October 5, 2023, reporting on LWVPWM Forum on October 2

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How Can We Expand our Impact by Working Together?

PWM President Regina Goutevenier led a 2-hour workshop at the 2023 NYS Convention on how local Leagues can expand their impact and energize members by partnering with local organizations who focus under-served communities. Besides discussing PWM experiences, Delegates learned about successful outreach experiences from Albany, NYC, Saratoga, and Port Washington-Manhasset Leagues.

Judy Esterquest was part of the Rural Lives Matter workshop, sponsored by the NYS Rural Caucus, which addressed childcare, broadband, and rural healthcare disparities. The Rural Caucus won the 2023 LWV NYS Thinking Out of the Box Award.

Committee finalizing program priorities

Update League Roster by Jan. 31

All League roster updates are due in the Roster Manager Portal by Jan. 31. To ensure your roster is up to date, any members considered active on 31 must have a membership status of “Active.” Members not active as of Jan. 31 should have a membership status of “Inactive.”

The support section of the Roster Manager Portal offers answers to common questions and is the best place to submit support requests. If you are unable to log in to the portal, please contact rostersupport@lwv.org.

If your League is using the ClubExpress platform and the data connector is active, your members have been automatically transferred. Please review your roster to ensure that any member who was active before you enabled the data connector is accounted for.

Annual League Survey Update

Annual League Survey Update

Thank you to the 586 Leagues who completed the Annual League Survey. We received an impressive 77% response rate, an increase compared to previous years. Thank you to everyone who took the time to not only respond to the survey but also to track their information.

The LWVUS evaluation team has reached out to the 10 randomly selected winners of the raffle. We are currently creating the state-level factsheets and will be sharing them as soon as they’re available. State League Leaders will also receive the raw survey data from Leagues in their state. Stay tuned for more updates!

Black History Month Resources

February is home to Black History Month, a time to reflect and celebrate Black history, as well as uplift the contributions of Black activists who power our democracy. Leagues looking to celebrate with us can find blogs, webinars, and graphics to share throughout the month of February on the League Management Site.

Survey: League Experience with Litigation Partners

Survey: League Experience with Litigation Partners

The LWVUS litigation team needs your help! If you are a League leader, please fill out this short survey on your experience working with legal partners on state and federal litigation over the last few years. This survey will help LWVUS support your League in future litigation. Please reach out to Caren Short (cshort@lwv.org) with any questions.

“People Powered League” Day of Action

Celebrate the League’s 103rd birthday with us on Feb. 14 with a national day of action! Through storytelling, digital actions, local events, and advocacy, we will flex the breadth of our League people power and advance our priorities. We will have a marquee event with featured speakers livestreamed on our Facebook page at 11am ET on the day of the event.

Whether you utilize our relational organizing tools, plan an event in your community, or share your story, there are a variety of ways for Leagues to get involved, take action, and celebrate with us. Register your event here. Leagues can find resources, including event templates, for this day of action in our toolkit.

The League Update – January

Our Nation

2023 has been off to a speedy start, with February just days away! February is home to Black History Month, a time to reflect and celebrate Black history, as well as uplift the contributions of Black activists who power our democracy. I want to be clear: Black history is American history, and it should be encompassed in every aspect of our lives as we continue to build a League that is representative of an inclusive democracy. I encourage Leagues to share in educating their communities and themselves as we celebrate and honor the ongoing contributions of Black Americans this February. Leagues interested in sharing resources for Black History Month can find our blogs, graphics, webinars, and more on the League Management Site.

Our League

It’s hard to believe that we are less than one month away from celebrating our 103rd birthday! On February 14, we’ll honor our legacy through a “People
Powered League” Day of Action. Through action, advocacy, storytelling, and more, Leagues throughout our country will commemorate our history and uplift the work they are doing in their communities. Thank you to the Leagues who have already shared their events with us — I cannot wait to celebrate with you all! If your League is planning an event for our birthday, I strongly encourage you to register your activity and refer to our birthday toolkit for pre-made graphics, organizing tips, and more.

And don’t forget; I’ll be joining fellow League leaders and our CEO, Virginia Kase SolomÓn, for a virtual birthday pep rally! I hope to see you there.

In other League news, I want to remind you to make the appropriate updates to reflect active membership in the Roster Manager Portal by Tuesday, January 31. More information on how to update your League roster can be found in the business section of this newsletter. For any questions or login issues, please reach out to rostersupport@lwv.org. Thank you for all that you do.

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