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11/6: Election Day, including a Ballot Proposal (Ulster County)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, is Election Day!
Please get out and vote.
Encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to vote too.
We have congressional, state, and county races, and a ballot proposal (Ulster County).

Ulster County: Turn Your Ballot Over!
There is an important proposal on the back of the ballot:

Proposal Number One: “Shall Section C-10 of the Ulster County Charter be amended to provide for the creation of an independent Redistricting Commission, designed to exclude political influence in revising county legislative districts, as proposed and unanimously approved by the Ulster County Charter Revision Committee?”

Polls are open in our area from 6 AM to 9 PM.
Call me if you need a ride to the polls.
Susan H, 845-389-3961,

Election information (LWV website)

Board of Elections websites
– Dutchess County:
– Greene County:
– Ulster County:
– NYS:

10/11, 10/13, 10/24: Information sessions about 11/6 ballot item – Amending Ulster County’s Charter

Amending the County’s Charter

– an item on the November 6 ballot in Ulster County

Upcoming information sessions to be held on 10/11, 10/13, and 10/24

The League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Region will host three forums to explain the referendum that Ulster County residents will be voting on on November 6.  Specifically, voters will be asked if the County’s Charter should be amended to allow the creation of an independent County Redistricting Commission.

This proposed change comes from the unanimous recommendation of the County’s Charter Revision Commission.

The first event will be held on Thursday, October 11 at 7 PM at the Senior Center, 207 Market Street, Saugerties.

Under the proposal, a new Redistricting Commission will be created every 10 years, following each census.  No elected officials will be permitted to serve on the Redistricting Commission, and principles will be established regarding the method for creating districts.  The final legislative district map will not require approval by the County Legislature.

This new process has been designed to exclude political influence in revising county legislative districts.

Members of the Charter Revision Commission will be on hand to present and explain the results of their work over the past year so that people might understand the proposal before Election Day. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

There are two additional informational events planned: one at City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston on Saturday, October 13 at 10 AM and one at SUNY New Paltz on Wednesday, October 24  at 7 PM at the Terrace. Each event will last approximately 90 minutes.

These community forums are free and open to the public. For more information, call 845-340-2003 and leave a message. Calls will be returned promptly.  See also:

Tuesday, 10/2 in Rosendale: No Choice documentary and panel discussion

Come out Tuesday night to watch
No Choice: a documentary
(and stay for the panel discussion afterward)

Tuesday, October 2
7:15 PM
Rosendale Theatre
408 Main Street

Listen to several brave women — and one male doctor — tell their stories,
and think about what America would be like for men and women if Roe v. Wade
were no longer the law of the land: if there were no choice.

Did you know? —
New York State does not have a Women’s Health Care law.
If Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, NYS would revert to laws from 1970.

Panel after the screening to discuss election impact on reproductive rights:

Joshua Holland, journalist

Amanda Marcotte, writer
Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, president & CEO of Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley

More information:

Almost sold out – reserve today! 11/28 bus trip to see Come From Away on Broadway

AAUW-Kingston Broadway Bus Trip
November 28, 2018
“Come From Away” at the Schoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th Street NYC
Come From Away is the backstory to the collective tragedy of 9/11. The story takes place over 5 days beginning with 9/11. We the audience have the advantage of knowing what has happened, and we watch the events unfold with that knowledge tucked into our saddlebags. We are a sort of honor guard, wanting to tell them that it will be okay because over a decade later we are still here. Not only are we here but many of the audience have brought children who were not born when 9/11 happened. They have brought them to this show because it is the closest they can get to that day. Video will only report what happened. Live actors can make you feel what happened.
“A deeply moving musical that should prove a tonic in troubled times.”  Frank Scheck for Hollywood Reporter
“Here’s that feel-good show that audiences constantly pine for. “Come from Away” is a modest, earnest, life-affirming musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein that makes people think the human race might not be doomed, after all.” Marilyn Stasio for Variety
“Try, if you must, to resist the gale of good will that blows out of ‘Come From Away,’ the big bearhug of a musical that opened on Sunday night at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. But even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure.”
Ben Brantley for New York Times


9:00 AM: Leaving Kingston Plaza (near Hannaford’s)
9:20 AM: New Paltz Park and Ride pick up
11:00 AM: Drop off at Bryant Park 
11:30-1:00:  lunch on your own (Whole Foods cafeteria adjacent to park and many other options en route to theater) 
1:30 PM: Schoenfeld Theater (8 min walk from Bryant Park)
5:15 PM: Pick up at Bryant Park
7:10 PM: Drop off at New Paltz Park and Ride
7:30 PM: Return to Kingston Plaza
Prices include:Tonche Coach bus,tip, “Orchestra 2” seats
AAUW Member : $165

Send payment to Lynn Gore, 400 Chestnut Hill Rd, Stone Ridge, NY 12484  by: September 22, 2018.
Make checks out to “AAUW-Kingston”.
Questions? call Lynn Gore at (845) 687-9210



nded reading:

  The inspiration for the show

8/20: Trip to Cooperstown – West Side Story + Thomas Cole

AAUW Kingston
Trip to Cooperstown
Monday, August 20, 2018
Leaving Kingston – Herzogs Plaza (near Hannaford)
8 AM departure, 7 PM return to Kingston
West Side Story at Glimmerglass Opera House
Thomas Cole exhibit at Fenimore Museum
AAUW Members: $140 (show + museum) / $130 (show only)
Non-Members: $150 (show + museum) $140 (show only)
By 7/12, call Lynn Gore at 845- 687-9210 and then
send a check (made out to AAUW Kingston)  to:
Marjorie Bot, 58 Twin Ponds Drive, Kingston NY 12401

Last chance to vote on 2018 AAUW National bylaws amendments!

Did you vote on the three 2018 AAUW National bylaws amendments?

The voting deadline is tomorrow, Saturday, June 9 at 9 PM EST, so please take a moment now and vote if you haven’t yet!

Check your in-box for an email from AAUW National (on April 25 or May 9, for example) and click on the Vote Now button to get started.

If you can’t find such an email, you will need your member ID and voter PIN. Check the back cover of your Outlook, call AAUW National at 800-326-2289, or send an email to

To vote, go to:

Questions? Call or email me at, 845-389-3961.

Thank you!

Equal Pay Day is Today, Tuesday, April 10

This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Remember to wear red in solidarity!

Urge your representatives to fight for fair pay:

This year, AAUW has observed or will observe the following additional equal pay days:

Susan H.

Thursday, 3/15: Bus trip to NYS Museum & Albany Institute

Join AAUW Kingston on a bus trip to see marvelous exhibits at two Albany museums,
featuring Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial at the NYS Museum

9 AM – Leave Kingston Plaza (Hannaford parking lot – the section near the ball field)

10:30 AM – Visit the Albany Institute of History & Art (entrance fee included in trip cost)
Current exhibits:
– Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection
– The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute
– Nineteenth-Century American Sculpture: Erastus Dow Palmer and His Protégés Launt Thompson, Charles Calverly, and Richard Park
– A Gather of Glass: Selections from the Museum’s Collection
– Ancient Egypt
– Traders and Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity

12 noon – Bus to NYS Museum

12:15 PM – Drop off at NYS Museum. Lunch on your own at the new onsite café (handicapped-accessible), or, cross the street for more choices on the Concourse

1:15 PM – Visit NYS Museum, featuring the Women’s Suffrage exhibit (free, donations accepted)

Some current exhibits:
– New York’s Suffrage Centennial
– Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal (Phase One)
– A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War
– Adirondack Wilderness Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection – Beneath the City: An Archeaological Perpective of Albany Bird Hall
– Ice Ages
– M&T Bank New York State Museum Earthquake Center
– Minerals of New York
– Native Peoples of New York

3 PM – Leave NYS Museum

4:30 PM – Arrive at Kingston Plaza

$45 for AAUW members, $50 for non-members
Includes comfortable bus, tip, & Art Institute entrance fee

To register – By 3/1, send check made out to AAUW Kingston to: Marjorie Bot, 58 Twin Ponds Drive, Kingston, NY 12401

For more info, contact trip coordinator Lynn Gore: 845-687-9210,