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Local League of Women Voters Likely to Disband

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- There is little chance that the Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe League of Women Voters will survive a meeting scheduled to dissolve the organization.

In accordance with protocol, league president Edith Szold has scheduled a meeting for Feb. 21, where members will be asked to vote for the dissolution of the organization.

Szold said that none of the league's 82 members have come forward to step into the roles of running the league.

"Without people to take the role of the officers and be responsible for running the organization, the organization cannot exist," she said.

Although some members of the community, including Mayor Mary Marvin are hoping for a last minute solution, Szold was not optimistic.

"This has been an issue in our group for quite some time, and no one has been able to come forward to take a position as an officer," Szold said on Tuesday. " I think it is too late now."

Szold said that only a league member who understands the roles and responsibilities of the positions such as president, secretary or treasurer would be able to step into running the existing group.

"It's a lot more complicated than someone coming forward and volunteering to run the league," Szold said. "It would be almost impossible for someone to take on any of the board positions at this stage because no one who has had those jobs would be available to train a new person."

Marvin said she was disappointed that no one had stepped forward to lead, but she hoped there was still a possibility that the community mainstay which was formed in 1937 may survive.

"The league has played such a vital role in our community, providing information for us," Marvin said. "I hope there is a way for their important work to continue."

Bronxville Republican Committee Chairperson Rene Atayan said the league has always done a commendable job of providing information to voters.

" I have particularly admired their ability to skillfully moderate the many debates that have taken place over the years, and I do empathize with the difficulties they have recruiting volunteers," Atayan said via e-mail. " Our village remains vibrant because we have an active volunteer community. However, volunteering for local political organizations/positions has certainly suffered. It is indeed not always a pleasant endeavor, but it does indeed directly impact our day to day quality of life."

Szold said that in addition to running and moderating debates and providing information to voters, the LWV holds programs of interest to the community. One recent event was a discussion of how to keep your home safe, featuring Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale.

The league recently changed its name to the Bronxville, Eastchester , Tuckahoe league in an attempt to encourage new members to join, but it was not as successful as Szold had hoped.

"We just don't seem to be able to attract new members anymore," she said.

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