League of Women Voters Installs Board of Directors and Readies to Prepare Voters for General Election in November

Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey: — The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley (LWVNV) elected and installed its 2022-2022 board of directors and officers at its 76th annual meeting.  The LWVNV outlined its plans to provide voters with information they need to make informed decisions in the General Election in New Jersey on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.  They heard speaker Eric Benson from Clean Water Action discuss how New Jersey could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030.

Board of Directors Installed

At the organization’s Annual Meeting, the LWVNV welcomed its new board of directors.  The officers are Leonia residents Nike Prieston-Bach as President and Joyce Luhrs as First Vice President of Marketing.  Vicki Sidrow (Fort Lee) continued as Treasurer and also Financial Secretary.  Andrew Meehan (Hackensack) was elected to the board of directors for the first time to the position of Secretary.  Sally Tayeb (Dumont) was named a director and will also serve as Creative Director of the chapter’s website and newsletter.  Past president Lucy Heller (Park Ridge) continued as a director.  Anne Lander (Harrington Park) will be voted to the board of directors at the chapter’s next meeting in the fall.

Long-time directors and League members of 50 years Shirley Shapiro (Tenafly), Lorraine Cohen (Englewood), and Naomi Epstein (Demarest) stepped down from the board of directors after serving several years.  Sophie Heymann (Closter) continued as Chair of the Budget Committee.  Cathie Mick (Fort Lee) headed up the Nominating Committee.

Empowering Voters

During the past 12 months, the LWVNV continued to empower voters throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  Among its many activities, the League provided voter information to libraries in its service area, provided non-partisan voter information to the public, and interviewed state legislators.  The LWVNV joined other League chapters across the country in celebrating the organization’s 102nd birthday on February 14.

The LWVNV also moderated at Candidate Forums, a key service offered by the League for decades, allowing voters to hear from candidates and ask questions.  The pandemic required the organization to change traditional face-to-face opportunities with virtual forums using on-line meeting technology.  The LWVNV joined League members throughout the state to prepare for the Primary Election in June providing voter information about the election process.

Coming Up: Voters Service Education

The LWVNV renewed its commitment to Voters Service, a core activity of the League, to provide voters with non-partisan information in preparation of the General Election in November.  The LWVNV’s activities will include conducting voter registration drives, responding to citizens’ requests to schedule local Candidate Forums, and moderating Candidate Forums.  Information about candidates will be available on the League of Women Voters’ nonpartisan website, VOTE411.org, launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund in 2006.

The main focus of the first half of the year will be on Voters Service.  The LWVNV’s voters service division plans to provide voters with correct, non-partisan information they need for the November General Election.  The organization will provide information about registering to vote, using mail-in-ballots, and learning about candidates on the League-created, non-partisan VOTE411.org and League-moderated virtual Candidates Forums.


Membership in the League is open to both men and women, who are at least sixteen years of age and supportive of its mission.  The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley draws members from these 29 municipalities in Bergen County, New Jersey: Alpine, Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Edgewater, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Leonia, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, River Vale, Rockleigh, Tenafly, Washington Township, Westwood, and Woodcliff Lake.

For further information about the LWVNV, membership or to get involved in voter service activities, contact lwvno.valley@gmail.com.  Learn more about the League on the organization’s website at bit.ly/LWVNVinformation.

About League of Women Voters of Northern Valley

The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, a chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV), is a non-partisan, grassroots civic organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The LWV was an outgrowth of the 19th Amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  Today, the LWV operates at the state and local levels through more than 700 state and local Leagues in all 50 states and in Washington D.C., the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.

The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley was founded in 1946 as the League of Women Voters of Closter.  By 1964, it included 11 municipalities in the Northern Valley and was renamed the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley.  Over the decades, the chapter expanded to encompass 29 municipalities.

The organization develops grassroots leadership and achieves widespread credibility because it is strictly nonpartisan.  Throughout the year, a range of voters services and programs are provided, including candidates’ forums, registration drives, dissemination of nonpartisan information about candidates and issues, and public meetings to discuss current issues.  For opportunities to get involved or join the organization, contact (201) 947-0756 or lwvno.valley@gmail.com.  Follow the LWVNV on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


1)Photos 1 and 2 The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley will provide information for the General Election and about candidates on VOTE411.org. Photo Credit: League of Women Voters

3) League of Women Voters’ members march in a suffrage parade in the early part of the 20th century. Photo Credit: League of Women Voters

4) The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley will work to register voters for the General Election. LWVNV member (Left to right) Kate Leibhold and president Nike Prieston Bach register people to vote. Photo Credit: League of Women Voters of Northern Valley

5) Members of the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley gathered at the chapter’s annual meeting and heard speaker Eric Benson from Clean Water Action discuss how New Jersey could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. Shown from left to right. First row L-R: Nike Bach, president; Anne Lander; Natalie Beaumont; Vicki Sidrow, Treasurer; Lucy Heller, past president. Back row. L-R. Andrew Meehan, Secretary; Eric Benson, speaker from Clean Water Action), and Julie O’Connor Photo Credit: League of Women Voters of Northern Galley

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