Links to previous projects, events, releases
The League of Women Voters supports passage of Proposition 1. To read why click here
Jacqueline Augustine, Geneva City Councilor, will receive the Agnes Slosson Lewis Award from the League of Women Voters of Geneva at their annual dinner Thursday, June 11, 2009 at the Lochland School, 1065 Lochland Road, Geneva. The Agnes Slosson Lewis Award is given annually to a woman who exemplifies outstanding contributions to and participation in civic affairs.
Ms. Augustine a Geneva City Councilor, representing the First Ward, won a close race in 1999 on an independent "Residents First" ticket. She was elected in 2003 and 2007 after being endorsed by both the Democratic and Working Families parties. Her primary focus has been on government transparency and accountability and counts as a major accomplishment the passage of a comprehensive Code of Ethics and Financial Disclosure protocol earlier this year. Ms. Augustine originally lived in Geneva, graduated from Midlakes High School in 1995, from William Smith College in 1999, her M.A. in philosophy from the University of Rochester in 2007 and is currently finishing her Ph.D. (University of Rochester), slated for August 2009. Her areas of specialization are ethics, political theory, and history of philosophy. She is co-author of the blog, "No Strings Geneva", with former Councilor and Hobart Assistant Dean, Rocco "Chip" Capraro. Ms. Augustine and her husband, Greg Baker, currently the Assistant Principal at Newark High School, have three children: Prashanta, Henry, and Sophie.
ASL Award 2012 Winner-Alaine Espenscheid
This year the Geneva League of Women Voters is happy to announce the winner of the Agnes Slossan Lewis Award: Alaine Espenscheid, a Geneva resident and attorney at law. Alaine exemplifies the qualities envisioned by Agnes Slossan Lewis. She has a long history of advocating for the rights of women in the Finger Lakes, especially the poor and disenfranchised while inspiring women to preserve and protect their highest ideals and not to compromise the principles of equality and fair play.
In 1978 as a young lawyer fresh out of law school with two young children she was the "founding mother" and managing attorney of Ontario/ Yates Legal Assistance Corporation, originally with a staff of only two lawyers and several paralegals who Alaine mentored and trained. The office first located in Canandaigua handled poverty law cases and the majority demographic served was poor women and children seeking a decent standard of living. Under Alaine's leadership the office grew into a 5 county program known as Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes providing federally funded legal services for the indigent, and relocated more centrally in Geneva.
Since then Alaine's experience and leadership skills have continued to grow. Ms. Espenscheid was the first woman to become President of the Ontario County Bar Association. She served as a Geneva City Councilor representing Ward 5 from 2000. to 2007. Sometimes holding controversial ideals, she was known to have the courage of her convictions displayed in her mild yet persistent manner. Her mediation skills at bringing together and reconciling the diversity of opinions was exemplified in her chairing the TUDD committee on the Traditional Urban Design District law to build a consensus.
Alaine has worked to empower numerous non-profit organizations by providing legal advice and counsel in a number of areas including governance, legal responsibilities of a board of directors, ethics and staff training. In the early 1980s she assisted the Geneva Womens' Resources Center in that regard. Alaine has been instrumental in providing advice on rural and public housing opportunities involving low-income housing development Her work involving low-income housing development has involved the USDA, NYS Affordable Housing Corp. and HUD among others. Local clients include. Finger Lakes Community Development Corporation, Keuka Housing Council, Inc. Wayne County Community Action and Community Unified Today, Inc.. The League recognizes Alaine's efforts as high-impact legal work which benefits numerous citizens by educating organizations and thereby facilitating change. Her work, her career, her life has been dedicated to improving the lives of others. She is a most worthy candidate of the Geneva League of Women Voters Agnes Slossan Lewis Award.