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Study and Advocacy

Education

The Education Committee has the following areas of focus:

  • Study and inform League members and the community about local efforts underway to improve reading and basic skills in the early grades, with emphasis on multi-language and multi-cultural students.
  • Explore local efforts in mentoring and training high schools students, such as the Northland Workforce Training Center, BOCES Literacy Zone, Catholic Charities, and the Adult Education Division of Buffalo Public Schools.
  • Monitor compliance of New York Charter Schools Act and take action when necessary. When charter schools close, is there oversight to return money to district?
  • Discuss current actions related to education at the national, state and local levels.

Concerned about education in our community and want to get involved? We meet on the fourth Thursday of every month from September to June, at 1:30 p.m. at the League office.  We welcome new members from the League and from the community.

April 2019

Local Government

The Local Government Committee monitors these continuing responsibilities and takes 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

If you're interested in local government issues, please join our committee. 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.

April 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 study and update 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 government problems: welcome. 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.

April 2019

Social Economic Justice Committee

The Social Economic Justice Committee is currently inactive.

Waterfront

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