Congratulations to Kaeleigh Picco of Somers High School and Pierce Berke of John Jay High School.











Kaeleigh and Pierce

photo credit: Barbara Dodds

Students Inside Albany (SIA) is a multi-day conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation. Each year, local leagues select a student or students to send to the Albany conference, at no cost to the student(s). LWVNEW’s two selected students will join their peers from all across the state for interactive workshops, a tour of the Capitol, and an opportunity to shadow their state legislators.


SIA is designed to increase high school students' awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide information about the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. Some of the workshop topics include the state budget process, the role of lobbyists in the legislative process, citizen rights to access government information, the role of media in politics, and the move to reform state government. The highlight for most students is attending a legislative session on the Chamber floor.


The conference runs from May 22 to May 25.

CLICK HERE to view photos of past SIA winners


SIA 2022 Kaeleigh Picco crop.jpg
SIA 2022 Pierce Berke crop.jpg


DID YOU KNOW that you can PRE-REGISTER to vote if you are 16 or 17? Section 2 of New York State's voter registration form allows for pending registrations. Pre-register now and, when you turn 18, you will be registered.


Covid-19 prohibited us from registering student voters in 2020 and spring 2021. It was wonderful to be back in the schools last fall (well, outside the schools!) to register new voters.

This month and next, LWVNEW volunteers will be registering (and pre-registering!) voters at the following area high schools:

John Jay: Tuesday, April 26, 10am to 2pm

Fox Lane: Wednesday, April 27, 10am to 2pm

Harvey: Wednesday, May 18, 10am to 2pm

Somers: Thursday, May 19, 10am to 2pm


Additionally, we will be dropping off voter registration forms at at least one other area school. We will swing back to pick up completed forms.

After every voter registration drive, we take completed registration forms directly to the Board of Elections in White Plains.