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Community Mental Health Program

Oct 25 2018 NYS Candidate Debates

Announcing MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD workshop

"SIGHTSEEING SOUTHAMPTON!" Two stops on the tour: Conscience Point, left, and St. Andrew's Dune Church, right. THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 (Directions to Conscience Point: From Montauk Hwy and 7 Eleven corner, go north on North Sea Rd. to end. At blue/yellow historic marker, go straight onto Conscience Point Rd., park in dirt lot at end of road.) ❃ 10 a.m. Meet at Conscience Point Historic Site, where ichthyologist Howard Reisman will speak about Southampton's founding in 1640 by English settlers from Lynn, Mass., and about the oyster shellfish hatchery, established in 2013. Ann Reisman will speak about plans to renovate the old Tupper Boat House into a maritime center. (Drive south on North Sea Rd, which becomes Main St., Southampton. Go to end of South Main St., turn right on Gin Lane to St. Andrew's Dune Church on beach.) ❃ 11:00 a.m. Meet at St. Andrew's Dune Church, 12 Gin Lane, for tour by Rev. W. Patrick Edwards of this historic church, founded in 1879, and its famous Tiffany stained glass windows. ❃ 11:45 a.m. Drive north on South Main St. to Halsey House, on left at 249 S. Main St., for tour of this historic homestead, the oldest house in Southampton, built in 1680 by Thomas Halsey, one of the original settlers in 1640. ❃ 12:30 p.m. Lunch. Drive north on S. Main St. Turn right on corner of Meeting House Lane. Park in parking lot of white gothic First Presbyterian Church, 2 Main St., for catered luncheon in church basement. Program includes: a welcome by Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving; a talk by Gerald Adams on this oldest Presbyterian Church in America, first built in 1652, and about Rev. and Mrs. George Russell, who were among Southampton's suffrage leaders in the 1910's. ❃ 2 p.m. Walk block to Southampton Arts Center at 25 Jobs Lane for tour led by artistic director Amy Kirwin, of its exhibit of incredible marine photography by Shawn Heinrichs, in collaboration with the Blue Sphere Foundation. ❃ RSVP by June 1: Send your check for $50, made out to LWVH, to Joanne Samborn, 14 Cedar Crest Rd, Southampton, NY 11968. Questions? Call Joanne at 631-283-9648

Celebrate Women's Suffrage

Civic Groups Hail New York State Assembly Passage of Package of Comprehensive Voting Reforms Five good government groups applauded the State Assembly's passage of a package of nine bills aimed to make voting easier and more accessible for New York State by removing barriers that actually make it difficult for voters to cast their ballots. Read press release here

2018 Annual Meeting material

Past Events

Huge turnout for Nov.2017 panel on
Panel on 11/13/17: End of Life Choices
End of Life Choices

As part of LWVH's ongoing lobbying work, we met with Congressman Lee Zeldin. From left: Glorian Berk, Judi Roth, Mr. Zeldin, Carol Mellor and Martha Potter

On Oct. 25 LWVH sponsored debate between Ken LaValle and Greg Fischer for 1st SD Senate seat
On Oct. 13, we sponsored 1st CD debate between Anna Throne-Holst and Congressman Lee Zeldin

LWVH Fall Luncheon Features Cookie Queen Kathleen King

Kathleen King On Thursday, September 29 from noon to three pm, come with some friends to enjoy a 3-course menu, stunning water views and a talk titled "Perseverance: The Journey of Kathleen King" by acclaimed cookie company entrepreneur Kathleen King of Tate's Bake Shop.



  • Register in person by Friday, October 14th
  • Register by mail: Postmarked by Friday, October 14th and received by October 19th
  • Apply for absentee ballot in person by Monday, November 7th
  • Apply for absentee ballot by mail: postmarked by Tuesday, November 1st
  • Deliver ballot in person by Tuesday, November 8th
  • Deliver ballot by mail: postmarked by Monday, November 7th and received by Saturday, November 12th

Some of the 32 attendees
2016 Blahs Luncheon drew 32 guests

Gladys Remler, Co_Chair Special Events attended
Spec. Events Co-Chair Gladys Remler & others

Several non-members sat with Co_Pres. Judy Samuelson

A Productive Planning Meeting!

Members and Board members met to plan 2016 programs on Jan. 11. Despite disappointingly low attendance, the group came up with a substantive set of interrelated goals. Improving voter turnout, linked with greater participation by more members, was the consensus. Thanks to all who gave us their time and ideas!!

2015 events

Our Annual Holiday Party

Co-Presidents Glorian Berk & Judy Samuelson welcome guests to 2015 holiday party

Anna Throne-Holst, Tip Brolin and Jay Schneiderman enjoy the event

Partygoers Sally James, Judi Roth, Estelle Gellman and Richard Davgin

Bridget Fleming chats with cousins Nada Barry and Beth Barth

Southampton Debates

Goodman & Fleming debate 10.13.15
Amos Goodman and Bridget Fleming compete for County legislator position

candidates for EH Town Council debate Oct. 13 2015
Three of four candidates competing for two seats on EH Town Council

Jay Schneiderman and Richard Yaztremski compete for SH Supervisor job

Candidates for four seats on SH Town Council

Past Events

50 guests enjoyed our Fall lunch with speaker on Oct. 26


NVR Day 2014

We will be on hand at the sites below with voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications in both English and Spanish:

. Outside Montauk Post Office, 1 p.m. to 3 pm . Outside East Hampton Post Office, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. . Outside Bridgehampton Post Office, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. . In Springs, outside One Stop Market on Springs-Fireplace Road, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. . In Sag Harbor, outside Schiavoni's Market on Main Street, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. . In Southampton at Rogers Memorial Library on Coopers Farm Rd., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. . In Southampton, outside CVS Pharmacy on Main St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. . In Hampton Bays, outside King Kullen Supermarket on Montauk Highway, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. . In Hampton Bays, outside Stop & Shop Supermarket on Montauk Highway, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. . In Westhampton Beach at Simon's Beach Bakery on Main Street, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Those with questions can contact the League at 631-324-4637 or or phone the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631-852-4500.

SH and EH Anti-Bias Task ForcesOur July 2015 meeting presented representatives of the Anti-Bias Task Forces of East Hampton and Southampton. These groups are comprised of volunteer citizens who work to address issues of prejudice and discrimination.

Looking Toward Fall Activities

Local Leagues will be organizing meetings this fall on three very important issues. The state League will be asking for member input on a concurrence regarding raising the age that individuals are treated as adults in the criminal justice system from 16 years old to 18 years old; currently, 16- and 17-year-olds are considered adults. LWVUS is asking for input on two studies: the process by which the US constitution can be amended and the issue of money in politics.

At our June 2015 Public Info Meeting, experts in their field presented facts about bottled, tap and filtered drinking water.

The Education Committee took top prize in Youth Services category at the LWV-NY 2015 Convention in Albany on June 7 2015

Congressman Lee Zeldin To Speak At LWVH Annual Meeting May 17, 1-3 P.M., Southampton Cultural Center

The East End's newly-elected Congressman Lee Zeldin (1st C.D.) will be guest speaker at the 38th Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons on Sunday, May 17, 1-3 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane. All are invited to hear him speak on issues and initiatives that directly affect the East End.

After his talk, the business portion of the League meeting will include adoption of the budget for 2015-16, the election of officers and directors, and the adoption of local program. Also on the agenda is the presentation of the Betty Desch Student Leadership Award of a $1,000 scholarship to senior Natalie Palumbo of Southampton High School, and the announcement of the two students--12th grader Sarah Pierson and 11th grader William Taylor Reddick of Southampton High School--who will attend the NYS League Education Foundation's annual "Students Inside Albany" conference, May 17-20.

The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For further information or to join the League, call the League phone at 631-324-4637, go to the League's website at or 'like' the League on Facebook.