It’s what they do

While in Binghamton to cover the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, of course I also wanted to find out about how people were coping with flooding. Broome County has estimated at least 5,500 people were displaced. Displaced can mean the home is gone, or it can mean you just can’t live there until the […]

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Adopt-a-School: Locals Helping Locals

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NYSUT’s “Adopt-a-School” program helps union locals to help each other in times of crisis with in-kind donations. Our growing listing of districts in need in the wake of recent flooding appears below. Update 12/26 Holiday giving continues Update 12/8 Donations continue Update 11/22 Flood victims still getting what they need. Update 10/31: Great needs provoke […]

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Pink is more than a color

Happy October! Yes, it’s time for autumn colors and since today marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you know that means pink will be right up there. Soon you’ll see football players wearing pink. I even saw pink garbage bags yesterday! Today┬áI’m driving toward Binghamton to cover the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer […]

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Good news coming out of Schoharie

The deadline to apply for insulation to be installed in Schoharie Valley homes and businesses is Sept. 28. That’s tomorrow. So far, Martin Messner has received 60 applications. They have enough funds to do 15 more. That’s the first bit of good news. “Everyone has been just great with their response. We are so thankful […]

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Lots to do this week

Another busy workweek. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg. NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi meets today with folks in Broome County still coping with problems of flooding. One way you can help will be through a page on this website that helps hook up local unions with classrooms, schools or districts with needs. So, if […]

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Great needs = great responses

Months after floods devastated 30 counties, and the flood waters receded, now we get a more clear picture of what has been lost. It’s heart-wrenching. For Tammy Orzelek, a literacy curriculum specialist and Binghamton TA member, it’s the hundreds of books. For Middleburgh TA technology teachers Scott Gray and David Dickerson, the list is three […]

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When budget cuts, a tax cap and a flood collide

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Even before rains from Irene and Lee flooded Schoharie, schools in the valley “were in a terrible spot,” Martin Messner testified last night. Here’s a link to the Times-Union article. Messner teaches health and physical education and leads the Schoharie CTA, which used to have more than 125 members 10 years go and now has […]

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Next NYSUT chat: Does your union have a disaster or crisis response plan?

The topic for our next Tweetup: Does your union have a disaster or crisis response plan? for the union? for members? for the community? It will start at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

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Middleburgh cleanup

On Sept. 16, NYSUT staff volunteered to help a Middleburgh home. “Our staff did really important work in Middleburgh on Friday and I wanted to take the time to recognize what they did and the difference they made in the Middleburgh community,” NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler writes in a memo today. “The work was draining, […]

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Saving high school tech

This isn’t about budget cuts. High school tech at Middleburgh High School was flooded out. NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler and staffers Lynette Metz and Dave Adkins met with Middleburgh TA President John Derochie, other officers and technology teachers of the Middleburgh School District Sept. 16. A 10-foot wave of water wiped out the high school’s […]

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