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Wednesday
02
MAY

What's Gov Got To Do With It? A Civics Class For All

18:30
20:30
Starr Library
Event organized by Starr Library

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Over the first three Wednesday evenings in May, this series will explain how our government works and why we should care. Each presenter is paired with a guest sharing a relevant case study. Attendees will also get a chance to workshop a skill critical to active participation in our government.​

"What's Gov Got To Do With It" is a non-partisan series, with speakers from different backgrounds and affiliations. Attendees from all parties are welcome: Indeed, we should all be informed stakeholders in our community. We hope you will join us in the demystification of our government!​

Registration Required on the Starr Calendar


Each session will explore a different level of government:


Wednesday, May 2nd: Local (Village/Town)

SARAH IMBODEN
Councilperson
Town Of Red Hook
Speaking on:
How village and town governments are structured, what's unique about them and why we should care.



DAN SHAPLEY
Rhinebeck Environmental Committee member, Water Quality Program Director
Riverkeeper
Case Study on:
The role of committees in civic engagement, using as an example the coalition of seven municipalities, all drinking water-dependent on the Hudson River.



Wednesday, May 9th: Dutchess County

MARCUS MOLINARO
County Executive
Dutchess County
Speaking on:
How the county government is structured, what's unique about it, and why we should care.


ALI T. MUHAMMAD
Human Rights Commission, Executive Aide, former Beacon City Councilman
Dutchess County
Case Study on:
How the perfect storm of the county jail project and the mental health and drug crises led to new solutions to divert people from prison.



Wednesday, May 16th: NY State Level


JOAN MANDLE, PH.D.
Executive Director & Professor
Democracy Matters & Colgate College
Case Study on:
Campaign Finance Reform and the effort to pass Fair Elections in New York State.​


TBD

For More information on What's Gov Got To Do With It
go to https://dutchesscivics.splashthat.com