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Study and Advocacy


2016: For the past year the Education Committee has focused on early childhood education and efforts underway to improve reading and basic skills in the early grades.


  • Members studied and reported to the committee on the state of universal pre-K in greater Buffalo communities and on the the NYS guidelines, their implementation, and oversight of such programs.
  • Visited Read to Succeed.
  • Visited School 33 - Bilingual Center.
  • Presentation of a forum about New Education Bargain with Students and Parents, Superintendent Kriner Cash's program to improve basic skills in the early grades for the Buffalo Public Schools. Speakers focused on strategies and activities for teaching reading early, since statistics show that children who lack reading skills by the end of third grade do not graduate from high school:
    • Speakers included: Anne Botticelli, Chief Academic Officer, Buffalo Public Schools; Yvonne Minor-Ragan, recently retired president of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood; Anne S. Ryan, Executive Director, Read to Succeed; Miguel Medina, Principal, School 33 - Bilingual Center.
    • Key elements of these programs include: smaller classes; coaching teachers in teaching methods and outreach techniques; provision of wrap-around support services; positive test result from such efforts in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood.

The Education Committee will continue to:

  • Study and inform League members and the community about local efforts underway to improve reading and basic skills in the early grades
  • Keep informed of progress in Congress toward reauthorization of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)
  • Monitor compliance of New York Charter Schools Act and take action when necessary.

Concerned about education in our community and want to get involved? We meet the 4th Thursday of every month at 1:30 pm from September to June, at the League office beginning September 22, 2016. We welcome new members and new ideas about improving education in our Community.

September 2016

Local Government

If you're interested in local government issues, please join our committee.
We monitor these continuing responsibilities and take action as appropriate:

  • Encouragement of citizen participation and transparency in local government
  • Broader management of local government services
  • Examination of the Erie County budget, identifying inequities
  • Support of IDA (Industrial Development Agencies) reform.
  • Education on the costs of sprawl
  • Promotion of regional land use planning
  • Advocacy of a fairer distribution of the Erie County sales tax
  • Support of criteria for intergovernmental relationships

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the League office. There will be exceptions. Please call the League office at 716-986-4898 or e-mail lwvbn@lwvbn.org to confirm the date of the next meeting.

January 2019

Money In Politics

THE MONEY IN POLITICS (MIP) COMMITTEE focuses on the good government issues of campaign finance reform, redistricting, and election law. The Committee’s charge is to advance our understanding of these critical issues and to advocate for League supported reforms on national, state and local levels. For all those interested in seeking solutions to these ongoing governmental problems, the MIP Committee has a place for you The Committee meets monthly at the League Office, usually (but not always) on a Friday afternoon. Call the League Office at 716-986-4898 or email lwvbn@lwvbn.org for the date and time of our next meeting.

March 2019

Social Economic Justice Committee

The Social Economic Justice Committee is currently inactive.


The LWVBN is actively involved in policies concerning transportation and our waterfront. Waterfront development along the shores of Lake Erie and the Niagara River is intimately connected with development of transportation infrastructure. We support expansion of Buffalo's light rail rapid transit system (Metro Rail), which will have a direct impact on both the economy and the land-use policies of our whole WNY region. Our committee seeks significant citizen access to the government agencies that make decisions regarding these issues.

Currently, we monitor plans proposed by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation concerning potential development on the Outer Harbor lands which lay at the mouth of the Buffalo River and extend south on the edge of Lake Erie. We seek to ensure that all voices of the public be heard and included in these plans; we seek to ensure that these public lands be preserved as such. Transportation access to the Outer Harbor should include public transit.

February 2019