Vote like their future depends on it — because it does

Clarisse Banks' daughter Nia on Election Day in 2008.

I must admit, at this point, I’m experiencing a bit of election fatigue. I’ve listened through three presidential debates, one debate of the candidates for vice president and countless hours of cable news pundits dissecting every single word uttered in said debates. I’ve easily read millions of words of editorial copy regarding the elections — […]

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Union-supported programs receive major boost


More students throughout the Capital District will be exposed to the mentoring and physical benefits of the game of golf thanks to a generous donation to the “First Tee” and “Hook a Kid on Golf” programs. Albany County District Attorney David Soares presented a check for more than $13,000 to the Junior Golf Alliance of […]

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An educator’s summer vacation

An educator’s summer vacation

How about those summers off? We all know educators work hard throughout the year to improve their skills and find new and innovative ways to engage students. This year is no different. This week, 26 earth science teachers from across New York state are spending three days in the state’s Keene Valley participating in workshops […]

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Committee of 1,000


(Note from Betsy: NYSUT projected 2,000 would be at the rally. Below features what Clarisse could phone in from the midst of the action. We will have complete coverage when reporters and photographers get back. In the meantime here’s a link with video and here’s a link to one report.) 12:55 p.m. Karen Scharff of […]

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Making connections, building memories


As much as I dislike falling back on clichés to relay a story, sometimes an oft-repeated phrase sums it all up. It really is a small world. Much of Saturday’s One Nation March in D.C. blends together for me as I was interviewing member after member and trying to capture their words, take in the […]

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