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Capital District Humanist Society

The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.

CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

The Society provides various activities including monthly speakers, socials, book discussions, and a newsletter.

The Capital District Humanist Society presents:


Blair Horner

Blaire Horner:

"Reinvigorating Democracy by Removing Obstacles to Voting in New York "

In the 2016 election, New York had one of the lowest voter turnouts in its history and ranked, once again, near the nation’s bottom in turnout among the eligible voting population. New York requires that voters register at least 25 days before an election, one of the earliest deadlines in the nation. In the 2016 election, the Presidential debates had not ended by New York’s registration deadline. As a result, just as some citizens become interested in an election and may have wish to register to vote, they are prohibited from doing so. The state constitution says that one cannot register any sooner than 10 days before the election.  The state law makes it more burdensome, by saying one cannot register sooner than 25 days.  At some point in the past, the governor and the legislature decided to make it harder to register.  A good example of the backwardness of NYS when it comes to voter registration. What steps should be taken to reverse NYS's awful record in this area will be discussed.

Our speaker: Since September of 2015, Horner has been executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). He returned to NYPIRG in September 2013 and was its legislative director. Starting in 1979, Horner has been employed almost exclusively at NYPIRG. In 1987, he became NYPIRG’s legislative director. In his over 30 years of work with NYPIRG, he has overseen community organizing activities and directed statewide issue campaigns. He has lobbied on a wide range of issues, including energy policy, political reform, government openness and accountability, tobacco control, health care and financial services. He has written scores of reports examining issues including redistricting, campaign finance, political ethics, bank fees, auto insurance, health care, tobacco use, lead poisoning and higher education funding.  

Sunday, December 10th, 2017


  • Refreshments 12:30; Program 1:15 p.m.
  • Room 224, Campus Center, Sage Colleges Albany Campus
  • New Scotland Ave. at Academy Road, Albany
  • Admission: Free.

  • The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend!

Presented by The Capital District Humanist Society

Details and directions: 518.533.2666, or our directions page

Monthly meetings

CDHS meets on the second Sunday of each month in Room 224 of the Campus Center at the Albany campus of the Sage Colleges, at New Scotland Avenue and Academy Road.

We gather at 12:30 pm. Program starts at 1:15. Light refreshments are provided.

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Other Activities

In addition to monthly speaker presentations, we hold monthly social events, and sponsor a reading group, and a discussion group.


CDHS is affiliated with the three major humanist organizations:



Members and subscribers receive our publication, The Humanist Monthly. If you are interested in more information about CDHS, give us your name and email address, and we will send a sample copy or two with no obligation.

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