Sunday, November 6, 2016


This film is crucial to LWV members; since 1979, we have held a position on this subject. Current state's legislation and progress in dismantling it was the film's subject.

Rent it at Netflix.

The synopsis on the Netflix site is as follows:
Amid a political climate that's produced a staggering array of regulations restricting abortion providers, this topical documentary looks at the clinics struggling to provide care and the people going to court to protect women's reproductive rights.

Synopsis prepared by Barbara Ostroth, VP, Voter Service:

Documentary - 90 minutes 

Directed by Dawn Porter
Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Teaneck, NJ

Talkback with Attorney Hillary Schneller, Center for Reproductive Rights; Angela Bonavoglia, author & journalist; Casey Olesko, Planned Parenthood NJ; moderated by Sandi Klein
 Official Site - IMDb - Trailer

From 2011 to 2013, hundreds of regulations were passed restricting access to abortion in America. Reproductive rights advocates refer to these as "TRAP" laws, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. Trapped interweaves the personal stories behind these regulatory battles: from the physician who crisscrosses the country assuring medical services are available; to the strong women and men who run the clinics; to the lawyers leading the legal charge to eliminate these laws; to the women they are all determined to help.

Friday, October 7, 2016


The League of Women Voters of



Teaneck had a BOE Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, October 18th, 7:30PM, in the 3rd Floor Student Center of Teaneck High School.  

This forum, which was run by an independent professionally-trained moderator,  included participation by all six candidates running for three Teaneck Board of Education positions in November.

The public was invited to come and ask questions of the candidates, and were  also provided with a copy of the LWV Voters Guide with candidates’ answers to three advance questions as well as their biographical information.  

The non-partisan Teaneck League of Women Voters has been active in hosting candidates’ forums, voter registration as well as participating in discussions and studies on local and state current events issues for over 65 years.  

Handicapped access is  available from the courtyard parking lot off Elizabeth Street.  
For additional questions regarding this forum, call Barbara Ostroth (Teaneck LWV,VP Voter Services) at 201-965-3105.

Friday, July 22, 2016


The League of Women Voters of Teaneck's letter to The Suburbanite about  SCR66.
It was published Th. August 28.
Below it is the LWVNJ-prepared template used to develop the letter. It has search links helpful in contacting state legislators.

                                                                                                            July 20, 2016

 To the Editor:

 The League of Women Voters of Teaneck is urging the NJ Senate to post SCR66 for a vote as soon as possible.  If passed, it would prohibit the NJ Department of Environmental Protection from adopting its harmful revisions to the Flood Hazard, Coastal Zone and Storm-Water Management Rules.  The Assembly has done its part and passed ACR160.  We now need the Senate to post and vote on this at its’ next session, August 1st.

Several months ago, the legislature voted once to rescind the DEP’s unacceptable proposal, sending it back to the DEP for revision.  Unfortunately, the DEP has done nothing substantial to reduce the proposed damage to our water.  These revisions cause irreparable harm by rolling back protections against flooding and allowing more stream buffer vegetation to be cleared;  buffers which are crucial to protecting our water supply in this state.

The interests of developers should not come before the public’s need for clean water!  Cutting red tape should not mean placing people in harm’s way and risking the quality of our water supply, but that is precisely what the DEP’s proposed self-certification and loosely defined mitigation rules will do.

The League of Women Voters implores readers to contact their State Senators and ask them to urge Senate President Sweeney to post SCR66 on August 1st, and vote YES.  A list of Senators can be found at, or by calling the League of Women Voters at 800-792-8683 (VOTE).

Doris Thurber

Advocacy Chair

League of Women Voters of Teaneck


Help Protect Our Water Supply
Urgent Action Needed Today
Because of your support, we are close to passing legislation (ACR160/SCR66) that will order the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to withdraw harmful revisions to New Jersey's Flood Hazard Rules.

With your action, the NJ Assembly and NJ Senate Environment Committee both passed this legislation, but Senate President Sweeney has not yet posted the bill in the Senate. We need Senate President Sweeney to put the bill up for a vote on August 1st so the full Senate can block these harmful revisions.

Please call Senator Sweeney now at 856-251-9801 and urge him to put SCR66 up for a vote on August 1st to protect our state's water and protect us from flooding.

The proposed revisions threaten our water supply, increase erosion, and increase the risk of flooding. Cutting red tape shouldn't mean placing people in harm's way and risking the quality of our water supply. Read this letter to the editor to learn more about these harmful revisions.

After you reach out to Senate President Sweeney, please also take a minute to contact your New Jersey State Senator and ask that she or he vote yes on SCR66.  

You can look up your Senator by municipality here or you can call us at 1-800-792-8683 (VOTE) for contact information. Thank you.  
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Monday, June 13, 2016


Take Action
to Make Voting More Accessible

The New Jersey Senate will soon vote on two bills that each have the power to change New Jersey's voting system for the better.

S1228 will allow for automatic voter registration as part of the driver's license application or renewal process unless an individual chooses to opt-out of registration. The League of Women Voters of New Jersey supports this legislation that will boost registration rates, improve the accuracy of the voter rolls, and save money.

S2116, the "New Voter Empowerment Act," permits 17 year olds to vote in the primary election if they turn 18 on or before the next general election. The League supports this legislation that increases youth engagement in the political process and allows for 17 year olds who will be eligible to vote in the general election to have a say in the nomination process (primary).  

Please call your NJ State Senator today and ask that she or he vote YES on both S1228, New Jersey's automatic voter registration bill, and S2116, the "New Voter Empowerment Act."

You can look up your Senator by municipality here or you can call us at 1-800-792-8683 (VOTE) for contact information.

"Clean Water NOT Flooding" Lobby Day in Trenton

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has been working to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's harmful revisions to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, the Coastal Zone Management Rules, and the Stormwater Management Rules.

These revisions will cause irreparable harm to our state, as they roll back protections against flooding and allow more stream buffer vegetation to be cleared, using data from a 20-year-old Water Supply Master Plan. Buffers around rivers and tributaries are crucial to protecting our water supply.

The League is joining a broad coalition of organizations determined to protect drinking water and to ensure that we will not be in greater danger of flooding. We are gathering to ensure our legislators invalidate the DEP's harmful revisions by passing SCR66/ACR160.

When: Thursday, June 16, 9:30 am - 3 pm
Where: New Jersey State House Annex, 137 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
9:30 - Check-in and training (Committee Room 14, 3rd floor, State House Annex)
10 - 3: Lobbying Legislators
Noon: Press Conference (State House Annex Steps) 
Please RSVP to our friends at Clean Water Action at  

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


The League’ is going to watch TV and discuss ways women are shown in a favorite show.
The women are competent, very competent, in The Good Wife.
What do the women in The Good Wife struggle with in this age, post 1972---advancement on the legal firm, earning power, relationships, job equity, political candidacy, appearance adequacyeminist philosophy?

Are there areas in which they do not struggle at all?

Bring your views, some of which may happen as we watch together.

DATE: Tuesday, March 29
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Arlene Gartenburg’s TV: Room
RSVP: Please let her know you are coming
INFO: contact Janet or Pat

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Jan 21, 2016 
LWVT Consensus Meeting 
7:30 PM  
Let her know you are coming
This is a general membership meeting: all members are encouraged to attend and participate. 


Feb.1:Consensus form due to LWVNJ

Available:   or

Also available below (Click on title) and on the  first post of the League of Women Voters-Teaneck Blog:
---and Ed Gracely's summary of issues, which appeared in the LWV-Camden County Voter (November issue). 

The League of Women Voter's Teaneck blog has other resources in this area, ,which  have been gathered for your convenience on the first post in our blog, LWV Teaneck: 

Do your homework easily and come to the meeting!