MHR Chapter

A Bit of Our History: The LWV of Mid-Hudson Region

Our local chapter was started thirty-four years ago in Kingston, New York, by a group of women who wanted to change the world while raising their young families at home. A number of those women are still active, mentoring the newer members and still working to change the world. Meetings were held at one or another of their homes, studies were conducted; letters written and the shape of the League of the new. millennium began to take shape. Whenever a ‘Leaguer’ would be mentioned in the local press, they were known as Mrs. John Q. Public, rather than by their own first names, even with specific requests to the contrary.


Eventually, there were enough Saugerties members to create, their own league, which remains active and independent to this day. In 1998, the Mid-Ulster League was joined by the Dutchess Unit, whose primary focus is on issues important on the other side of the river. In the spring of 2002, members were asked to enter names more descriptive and inclusive of the expanded membership in the Southern Ulster area as well as all of Dutchess County. Ideas for the new name were solicited via the monthly newsletter, The Commentator. At the annual meeting, lively conversation ensued, culminating in the vote that adopted the Mid-Hudson Region chapter as the new name.


Names and faces change, many now with the honorific Mister, but the fundamentals remain the same. Issues are constantly changing with the times and some come around for a second helping. Reapportionment, environmental protection and the right to privacy are a few. The League has been instrumental in resolving a number of problems locally, such as transforming the formerly poor family court environment, recognition of communications issues that affect the criminal justice system and institution of a state of the art county recycling program to name a few.


In the constantly changing menu of needs of the times, the League `restaurant’ remains open and thriving, constant in its goals, observing trends and often serving up rich desserts of success and satisfaction for its members while educating the public to help create a better community.


The League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Region offers the wisdom of time and experience, gentle guidance, and youthful enthusiasm to those who choose to come be a part of the future. New members are warmly welcomed and nurtured.


The Mid-Hudson Region of the League of Women Voters serves Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. Consistent with the national and state League’s mission, our activities are focused on helping to ensure and informed and enabled electorate in our three counties. In support of that mission,our League holds regular in person and zoom meetings that focus on civic issues of both national and local interest. We also actively participate in voter registration drives at local schools, libraries, jails, and at naturalization ceremonies. With a known track record of fairness and integrity, our members are routinely asked to moderate candidate forums in the weeks leading up to elections. For more details on our activities, have a look at our recent newsletters!

Below is the current Mid-Hudson Region Board:




  • Dare Thompson, President (2022-2024)
  • Jennifer Clark, Vice President (2022-2024) 
  • Emilie Hauser, Secretary (2023-2025)
  • Cindy Bell, Treasurer (2023-2025)




  • Sheba Abrahaim (2023-2025)
  • Katherine Beinkafner (2022-2024)
  • Lisa Bretherick (2023-2025)
  • Cindy Lanzetta (2023-2025)
  • Deborah Marr (2023-2025)
  • Mary (Peg) Nau (2023-2025)
  • Louise Reavis (2022-2024)
  • Leslie Simons (2023-2025)
  • Ann Toner (2022-2024)
  • Daisy Tyler (2023-2025)