Making Democracy Work


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Voter Services

Do you enjoy being at the heart of political events? Volunteers on this committee lead the membership in encouraging citizens to register, to vote and to participate in government and politics. Activities include sponsoring candidates meetings, debates and interviews; conducting voter registration drives; providing information about voting to the public; and getting out the vote on Election Day.

Committee Co-Chairs: Anne Marshall (631-537-3257) or Barbara McClancy (631-267-5280) or e-mail:

Carol Mellor moderated 2015 Southampton Debates

National Voter Registration Day 2014

Joanne Samborn
Joanne McEvoy-Samborn registering voters
Glorian Berk

We Sponsor Candidate Debates

We co-sponsored the Oct. 16 2014 Congressional debate between incumbent Tim Bishop and challenger Lee Zeldin


In March 2020, representatives from the Health Committee and Government Committee teamed up to develop a package of information on healthcare insurance. These are the results.

Report on Healthcare

Article on current healthcare systems


This committee addresses national, state and local issues being considered for legislative action. Forming ad hoc committees, they conduct studies of various issues and then hold a members meeting to see if consensus can be reached. Committee members speak to local Citizens Advisory Committees on issues and lobby our representatives. It is also active in efforts to reform New York State Government. Chair: e-mail ""

In 2019 this committee will study workforce issues such as housing and transportation. View a video about the high cost of housing at:

Constitutional Convention for NYS: yes or no?

On November 7, 2017, voters will go into voting booths throughout New York State and, as they are every 20 years, will be faced with the Constitutionally mandated question, "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?"

See our State site for information:

Single Payer for NY State

FIXIT. About the documentary

The Single Payer System

Contact Co-Chairs at Phone: Cathy Peacock 631 267 6685 or Ann Sandford at 631 537 2382


The Education Committee reaches out to young people, in and outside of school, to introduce the pleasure as well as the importance of youthful participation in government. Our "Vote 18" program has brought voter registration and information about voting to high schools throughout the Hamptons. The committee annually selects and sponsors high school students to attend "Students Inside Albany," a statewide multi-day session introducing young people to the state level legislative process. Other community projects have included helping Girl Scout troops earn a "government badge;" helping kids create videos about voting; and working with students who participate in Southampton's Youth Court. Committee Chair: Judi Roth(283-0759)or e-mail ""

Helping Girl Scouts attain badge for citizenship

Education Committee 2014 video workshop
Promote the Vote Workshop May 2014

Running and Winning

From 2009 through 2012, the Education Committee, joined by League member volunteers, offered a workshop titled "Running and Winning." This program for female high school seniors brought them together them with female public officials. At program's end, the teachers and students from six local high schools gathered for a group photo

Info & Application for Betty Desch Scholarship

The Education committee also oversees selection of candidates for the annual Betty Desch Award scholarship. Using the application below to apply, mail completed form and attached recommendations to LWVH Education Committee, P.O. Box 2253, East Hampton NY 11937

Desch Scholarship Application

Special Events

The Special Events committee does much more than plan fundraising activities. It also seeks to raise LWVH's visibility in our communities by providing a diverse range of enjoyable activities open to members and non- members. For example, our annual Autumn Luncheon and Fundraiser combines getting together with new and old friends, local officials and prospective members with the opportunity to have fun and raise money.
Committee Chair: Joanne McEvoy-Samborn (283-9648) or e-mail ""

Rain couldn't dampen enjoyment of Sag Harbor Tour
Sag Harbor tour was fun and informative

June 20 2013 was a beautiful for our most successful fundraiser-event yet: a tour of historic Sylvester Manor. Here, the guitarist is an 11th generation Sylvester!

The successful LWVH Luncheon/Fundraiser of November 2012 at Muse in Sag Harbor

Guests enjoyed great food and most entertaining lecture from owners of Canio's bookstore


The League's core principles in health care reform are to reduce costs for families and business; guarantee patients' choice regarding plans and doctors; and ensure quality, affordable coverage for all Americans. Today this is more challenging than ever. Chair: Valerie King 646-217-1825 or e-mail ""

In June 2015, Health Committee partnered with Natural Resources Committee to present a fact-based forum on drinking water.

A member meeting titled "How Access to Healthcare is Changing on the East End" was held in April 2014. Panelists shown above left to right were Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Health Commissioner; Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH, President and CEO of Hudson River Healthcare; and Robert Chaloner, President and CEO of Southampton Hospital.

Pertinent Healthcare articles from our Voter

October 2010 Health & Govt. article

September 2010 Health & Govt. article

April 2010 Health & Govt. article Background Reading from LWVNY Lundine Commission Report

Natural Resources

The Natural Resources Committee supports League positions on environmental issues at all levels, including state and national, while concentrating on specific local issues such as drinking water quality, particularly groundwater monitoring issues. The committee encourages local entities to enact green-friendly legislation, such as banning plastic bags. It cooperates with other natural resource preservation groups. Meetings take place in open spaces such as SOMAS, the Southampton campus of Stony Brook U.'s center for marine and atmospheric sciences or Quail Hill Farm. Committee Chair: ""

In June 2015, Nat. Res. partnered with Health Committee to present a fact-based forum on drinking water.

Committee members at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett in October 2014

This committee offers tips for living green on a schedule with The Voter


If you like to meet new people and welcome back friends, join the Membership Committee. It provides a presence at general meetings, debates and community and special events. This committee is also responsible for recruiting new members, and spreading the word about what the League stands for. The committee organizes events throughout the year, including a Winter Blahs luncheon to warm and cheer those who remain in the Hamptons during the winter months. Contact: Co-Chairs Judy Samuelson (631 901-2978) or Joanne Samborn( 631 283-9648)at ""

WINTER BLAHS LUNCHEON Our annual "Winter Blahs" luncheon is always a purely social occasion, and members, non-members and guests are welcome. All smiles, Julia Kayser,(standing, third photo) organized the League's 2012 successful Beat the Winter Blahs luncheon on February 15 at Bobby Van's. Also shown: Susan Wilson, Barbara Jordan, Ann Sandford and two friends, Judy Samuelson, Gladys Remler and a friend.

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Not active at this time. However, this committee raised funding for, and created, a video titled Trouble in Paradise: the Affordable Housing Crisis on the South Fork

You may view the video online at


Off-Board Committee Chair Barbara Jordan speaking at Assembyman Fred Thiele's press conference on affordable housing in Bridgehampton

Past Events

LWVH's annual Autumn Luncheon & Auction was held at the historic Inn At Quogue in 2010. The 47 attendees included 89-year-old Former Westhampton Beach Village Mayor Arma E. "Ham" Andon plus Southampton Town elected officials Chris Nuzzi, Sundy Schermeyer and Anna Throne-Holst. A few guests joined the League because they were so comfortable with us. Other committee events have included a house and garden tours, a luncheon to honor elected women officials in Southampton and East Hampton Towns and Trivia Challenges.

Libby Hummer registers young voters on Stonybrook Southampton Campus

Candidates for NYS Assembly conducted a lively debatePhoto at left: NYS Assembly candidates Richard Blumenthal (R) on left, and Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. (Indep.) debated many state and local issues.

Mr. LaValle made opening statement at the podium.Photo at right: NYS Senate candidates Jennifer Maertz (D), seated, and Senator Kenneth LaValle (R), at podium disagreed about many issues.

Press posed questions from audience, themselves and League members.Asking the candidates a wide range of questions from press and public at the LWVH State Senate and Assembly candidates debate: Southampton Press editor Joe Shaw (right) and Sag Harbor Express editor Bryan Boyhan.

Mark Epley on right

Shown here: Nancy GrabowskiAt the LWVH "Greening of the South Fork: One Year Later" forum on October 5, 2009, LWV Natural Resources Committee member Glorian Berk introduced the panelists, who reported on greening accomplishments since the last forum in April 2008. Participating were Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman; Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley,(photo at left); Sagaponack Village Mayor Donald Louchheim; East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach, Jr.; and Southampton Town Councilmember Nancy Graboski