Of the sixty-one present at the "Breakfast with the Legislators” that the League of Women Voters of Hamden-North Haven held at the Whitney Center in January, fifteen were Hamden high school students, which added to the energy of the event. Panera catered and donated some services.
The legislators sat at different tables, providing citizens a rare opportunity to sit up close with someone whom most know as a name in the paper or online or a face on TV. All legislators who represent Hamden and North Haven in Hartford, except Minority Leader Sen. Len Fasano, were interacting with constituents: Rep. Michael D’Agostino, Rep. Robyn Porter, Senate President Pro Tempore Leader Martin Looney, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, Chief Deputy President Pro Tempore and Federal Relations Liaison Joseph Crisco, Jr., and Rep. Dave Yaccarino.
The second part of the morning had the legislators in the stage for a Q&A. The questions were many (given to the moderator in writing) and elicited from the legislators varied information. The value of the Breakfast showed itself when nine individuals, among them two men and Rep. Porter, decided to join the League.
You can watch the Breakfast with the Legislators on NHTV (Comcast 18, Frontier U-Verse 99) the weeks of 3/16/15, 3/23/15), and 3/30 at these times:
Monday: 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am, 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm
Thursday: 2:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am, 8:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 pm
The League is an organization that provides men (since 1974) and women (since 1920) with occasions to grow in civic awareness and to spread that awareness to others in the community. LWV neither supports nor opposes political candidates and invites individuals of all political persuasions to join and work together for a stronger democracy. To discuss joining, contact email@example.com or call203/248-8035.
All members are welcome and invited to participate in the deliberations at Board meetings.
Our Board meetings are held Mondays at 7:00 pm and toggle between Hamden and North Haven.
2015 Meeting Schedule:
-January 13 -North Haven Recreation Center, 7 Linsley Street.
-February - no meeting
-March 9 - Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Avenue.
-April 20 - North Haven Recreation Center, 7 Linley Street
-May 11 - Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Avenue.
Annual Meeting, June 10, location and time TBA.
February 14th isn't just Valentine’s Day – it’s also League of Women Voters’ Day! The League was founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920. Through Catt’s tireless work, the League was instrumental in helping pass the 19th Amendment, which secured women the right to vote. Ever since, the League has been at the forefront of efforts to strengthen our democracy, including registering and educating voters.
Prior to passage of the 19th Amendment, suffragists used holidays like Valentine’s Day to promote the cause of “Votes for Women.” The National Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), the League’s predecessor, even created its own suffrage postcards!
In honor of League of Women Voters’ Day on February 14 – and that lesser known holiday, Valentine’s Day – here are seven vintage suffrage Valentines to remind us of the importance of the vote, both in 1920 and today.
Civic-minded Hamden and North Haven residents are invited to the League of Women Voters of Hamden-North Haven 2015 Breakfast with the Legislators Saturday, January 31st, 9:00 am, Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 1st floor, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. Breakfast courtesy of Panera. Plenty of parking. Suggested donation $5.00 per person.
The annual LWV Breakfast is an opportunity to sit at a table with your legislators and to listen to fellow citizens ask questions of your legislators or propose solutions for improvements in our state (even shy persons feel comfortable expressing an opinion at the breakfast table). You may be sitting at a table with Senators Joseph Crisco, Len Fasano or Martin Looney or Representatives Michael D’Agostino, Robyn Porter, Brendan Sharkey, or David Yaccarino. Our legislators serve in leadership positions of the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford.
What could people talk about at the Breakfast? It could be about how to stop out-of-state money from influencing Connecticut elections or someone may have a suggestion how to improve a concrete aspect of the economy of our state or someone may ask for an explanation of a law that is difficult to understand. Our legislators, who have a real say in what laws are passed in Connecticut, are interested in what their constituents think.
After the breakfast part, the legislators will form a panel and answer questions from the whole audience.
The League of Women Voters is active in all 50 states. The League‘s mission is strengthening our democracy by way of information and advocacy. LWV neither supports nor opposes political candidates. If you would like to discuss joining LWV of Hamden-North Haven, contact Elona Vaisnys, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203/248-8035; also visit HNH.LWVCONNECTICUT.org
We hope you can join us!
This year's Breakfast with the Legislators will be held January 31, 2015 at the Whitney Center in Hamden, from 9-11AM. More info to follow soon.
Hope to see you there!
Two-term state representative from North Haven, 87th District, to the state General Assembly Dave Yaccarino, R, and challenger Alden Mead, D, met for a 59-minute debate at the studio of NHTV, 127 Washington Avenue, on October 15.
Teale Caliendo was the moderator and Bill Dillane was the timer. The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Hamden-North Haven. Sponsors of the debate were the LWV of Hamden-North Haven and NHTV. The director of NHTV is Walter Mann.
The debate airs daily on NHTV2 (Comcast 20 and AT&T 99) at 6:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 9:00 pm until the election on Tuesday, November 4.
Address your questions about the League of Women Voters to Elona Vaisnys, 203/248-8035, email@example.com
The League of Women Voters of Hamden-North Haven was represented at the state League Leaders Dinner, 9/4/14, Courtyard Marriott in Shelton by co-presidents Mary Bigelow and Miriam Brody, Voter Services chair Diane Hoffman, former Membership co-chair Joan Rudolph, and Nominations chair Elona Vaisnys. This fall LWVCT event is a time to network and to acquire information of interest to the community.
Patricia Russo, the entertaining director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, provided an overview of this program that provides a thorough grounding in all aspects of running for an elected position. Women who are considering running for any office may wish to find out more about it, http://www.wcsyale.org/
Alison Rivard, LWVCT (state League) vice president for public issues, focused on the November 4 ballot question asking about amending our state constitution regarding voting. Amending our state constitution has been done before--since we adopted our current state constitution in 1965, we have voted to amend the state constitution 31 times, most recently to lower the voting age from 21 to 18.
The question on the Nov. 4 ballot reads: “Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election?” If the majority of us vote YES, our legislators can start considering how to make our voting more flexible. Currently, our state is one of 14 states that still restrict voting in person to one day and reserves absentee ballots to individuals in only six categories.
Both our state House and state Senate have approved this amendment to the state constitution and now it is our turn to say YES or NO. After considering the issue, the League concluded that voting YES would be beneficial for our state
The League of Women Voters promotes civic involvement but neither supports nor opposes candidates. To discuss joining the League of Hamden-North Haven, contact Elona Vaisnys, 203/248-8035,firstname.lastname@example.org
Join new & current members of LWV Hamden/North Haven for a meet & greet, some casual networking & engaging conversation!
Thursday. September 18th we will meet at the Playwright Irish Pub at the corner of Whitney Ave and Putnam between 4-6pm.
Hot & cold appetizers will be provided; beverages of your choice are available on a cash basis.
It is that time of year. The leaves will be beginning to change, pumpkin spice everything will be hitting the coffee shops & stores around town, and we need to make sure your League dues are up to date!
Attached you will find the renewal notice for the new LWV Year along with a SAVE the DATE announcement we think is definitely worth attending!
If you have already mailed your payment or handed Ann (our new treasurer) your check - Thank you! Please consider updating the contact sheet and sending it to her so that our records are current and up to date.
For those who do not receive emails, feel free to call for a hard copy in the mail.
Ann's contact information can be found on the "Contact Us" page.
For the PDF dues renewal & info form - CLICK HERE!