2021 LWVBN Holiday Luncheon

These celebratory green and white fireworks against a dark sky almost look like sea creatures.

Photo Credit: Caroline Jones, 2017
Skyfire Canberra X. Adapted from a Public Domain photo from Caroline Jones via Flickr.

Please join us!

  • Date: Saturday, December 4
  • Time: Cash bar available at 11:30 a.m.; luncheon served at noon
  • Place: Classics V Restaurant
    2425 Niagara Falls Boulevard,
    Amherst, NY 14228

Our guest speakers will be Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUACO), who started the Urban Family Practice as its primary care physician on Buffalo’s West Side in 1996, and his wife, Toni Vazquez, chief of systems for GBUACO. Together with a staff of 150, they provide essential services to an underserved population at several locations. We’re certain you will appreciate their gifts to the community.

More information and registration You can also download, print, and mail in a paper copy to pay by check (PDF format).

LOCAL CALL TO ACTION - Outer Harbor Lawsuit

Dear Members and Friends,

At this time we need you to send personal letters to our elected officials urging them to consider a plan for a State Park at the Outer Harbor instead of an amphitheater (at a cost of over $10 million). We should contact Governor Kathleen Hochul, Senator Chuck Schumer, Representative Brian Higgins, and State Senator Sean Ryan. Please see our press release from November 9th, (also available in PDF format), which lays out the argument against the proposed amphitheater and for creation of a state park by Sam Magavern of Partnership for the Public Good (PPG). You may use this information to help write your letters.

You will find addresses and phone numbers for your local representatives in our They Represent You brochure.

You may find inspiration in this Opinion Letter written to the Buffalo News by League member Janet Goodsell.

Thank you for your help in saving the Outer Harbor as a natural habitat.

Lori Robinson
League of Women Voters Buffalo/ Niagara

Upcoming LWVB/N Meetings

Due to the pandemic, most meetings are held remotely. Please contact the League office if you would like to attend any of these meetings, but are not sure how to do so.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group , via Zoom

Saturday, December 4, 2021
11:30 a.m. Holiday Lunch , Classics V Restaurant

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What's New

The December Voter is out now

League / Buffalo Outer Harbor Lawsuit

The League of Women Voters of Buffalo-Niagara has joined with the 21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor and the Western New York Environmental Alliance in a petition versus the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and the City of Buffalo. More information in the Summer Voter, page 3. Oral arguments took place November 16 and a ruling is expected within 30 days. Our president has issued an Action Alert on this issue (Waterfront Committee, 11/24/2021).

Potential new Buffalo Bills stadium: Public Hearings

All three meetings take place at 6:00 p.m., all take place at an Erie Community College Campus. The dates are: Monday, December 6 at City Campus; Tuesday, December 7 at North Campus, and Wednesday, December 8 at South Campus. Attendees are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing (Erie County Legislature, 11/05/2021).
The New York Coalition for Open Government thinks these hearings should be held after a proposed agreement is reached, not before (NY COG, 11/15/2021)

2022 Students Inside Albany (SIA)

Applications to participate in the 22nd Students Inside Albany Conference are due February 1, 2022. Here is a page with details about and links to the application and nomination documents you need to apply for this four-day, in-person event (Voter Service Committee, 11/09/2021)

2021 Get Out the Vote Campaign

It has been a busy 2021 for the Election Service Committee: read all about the League's GOTV campaign this year (Voter Service Committee, 11/09/2021)

Buffalo Transformation Fund

The preliminary draft spending plan for Buffalo's $331 million allocation from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) has been posted to the City's website (Local Government Committee, 10/15/2021)

Recent Programs

League of Women Voters of the Davis Area: Health Disparities program

In October, the League of Women Voters in Davis, California presented the program, Opportunities for Reducing Inequity and Addressing Health Disparities; here are the associated slides (LWV Davis Area, 10/7/2021)

Watch: The Effect of Covid-19 on Schools

In May, the Education Committee examined how the pandemic impacted our schools and our community (jump ahead to 4:22 for the start of the program) (Education Committee, 5/19/2021)

Watch: Fighting for Our Vote

Our DEI Committee in partnership with the NAACP and SANYS held Fighting for Our Vote 1.0 and Fighting for Our Vote 2.0 (DEI Committee, 02/23/2021 and 05/13/2021).

Watch: Scaling the Fiscal Cliff

Our March program was a panel discussion on the Post-Pandemic Challenge for Local Governments (Local Government Committee, 3/19/2021).