Lobby Day,
Advocacy and
New Staff 
2013 Lobby Day
It's not too late! The 2013 Lobby Day is being held next Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Albany. Come hear from our Issue Specialists on topics such as election reform, campaign finance reform, healthcare, education, transportation, and women's equality. We have already been active in each of these areas this legislative session so hear what the League is doing and what we expect for this  session. You can also make appointments with your legislators to introduce yourself and discuss the issues. Or, attend a legislative committee meeting and watch either the Senate or the Assembly from the Gallery when they convene.
Just email or call the state office (518-465-4162) if you would like to join us on Tuesday for Lobby Day!
Recent Legislative Action
Have you looked at the state League website this week? We have posted testimony that has been given before the legislature on financing education and healthcare - and testimony before the NYS Office of Attorney General regarding regulations on independent expenditure disclosure by nonprofit organizations. We have also issued a press release announcing our support for the Governor's Women's Equality Agenda.
The Legislature has only been in session for a couple of weeks, but the state League has been there to share our voice on these important issues. Watch the state website and Capitol Beat Blog for new updates almost daily.
New Staff
We are pleased to announce two new staff people in the state League office. Sarah Podber is a SUNY Graduate Fellow working with us on programs and policies and Mary Barthelme is the new Administrative Assistant.
Sarah Podber

Sarah is a Graduate Fellow with SUNY's Center for Women in Government and Civil Society placed in the state League office until June 30, 2013. She will be working on legislative issues, as well as Vote 411, Students Inside Albany and even Convention programs. She will assisting in developing new educational programs for the state League as well. You can contact Sarah at sarah@lwvny.org.


Sarah is a 2012 graduate of the University at Albany School of Social Welfare where she received a Master's in Social Work.  She has interned at a number of nonprofit community organizations, including the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, where she advocated for the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities.  Since 2010, she has served on the Board of Directors of Holding Our Own, a women's foundation in New York State's Capital Region that works to create and advance feminist social and economic justice and which owns and operates the Women's Building, a women's community center.  As the current Holding Our Own Board President, Sarah has led the organization in creating, supporting, and growing a network of feminist advocates and activists in the Capital Region that centers the experiences of women from marginalized communities.  She is passionate about empowering and supporting more women to become engaged in politics and policy and about creating increased avenues for those on the margins of our society to have more power in shaping and creating the policies that affect them.




Mary Barthelme
Mary is the new Administrative Assistant in the state League office. She has a BA from St. Lawrence University and was working on a Presidential campaign since last summer. She is familiar with the League as her mother is the past President of the St. Lawrence MAL Unit. She is the voice you will hear when you call the state office and she can help members and local Leagues with questions about insurance certificates for events, membership database, products and publications you'd like to purchase and any other questions you have about state League activities. You can reach her at mary@lwvny.org or by phone at 518-465-4162.
Please help us welcome them to the state League! 

League of Women Voters of NYS

62 Grand St, Albany, NY 12207

Tel: 518-465-4162

email: lwvny@lwvny.org

Website: www.lwvny.org