Feel Good Friday

The oppressive humidity that has hung over much of the state lifted today. That’s one reason to feel good as the weekend gets under way. Having a break from humidity will help so much for members in a large portion of Central New York still dealing with the aftermath of flooding. Members across the Syracuse [...]

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Fort Plain, NY needs your help

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Give to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund Apply for NYSUT Disaster Relief Here are a few photos of what the Otsquago Creek looked like just a few weeks ago. “It’s been a tough 10 days here, but the generosity and the help we are getting is what keeps us going,” said Pat Hanifin, president of [...]

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Dock party at the Dodds’

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Carolyn and Charlie Dodd may have lost family heirlooms, furniture and photographs to Hurricane Sandy, but they still have their sense of humor. So “Dock Party at the Dodds’” is how she titled the picture of her backyard deck that ripped off its foundation, floated atop floodwaters to rest against their boathouse. Besides the crawlspace [...]

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Making schools work

Today I’m in Prattsville. Just because schools are out, doesn’t mean work stops. Members of the Windham-Ashland-Jewett Support Staff work this week to make sure schools are ready for students when they come back from break, just like schools all over the state. I’ve got another reason to go. The school serves an area ravaged by [...]

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UFT brings cheer

Normally Felix Regalado drives his fifth-grade students at PS 65 in Queens to excel. On Sunday he was driving a U-Haul truck filled to the gills with TVs, VCRs, DVDs and carts all the way north on the Thruway to Albany and west to Schoharie. With him was Marilyn Manley, the UFT District Rep and [...]

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Flood response update

Thanks for understanding that current events have kept us from updating the continued great reaction to the needs in flood-affected areas. Since our last update, and October 31 update, here’s the activity we’ve heard of: Led by Gina Valenze of the UFT, the Habitat For Humanity Club and UFT members at the Queens High School [...]

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Flood victims still getting great responses

Here’s three more updates about what locals and members are doing to benefit flood victims. The Middleburgh Central Schools Teachers Association, with 92 members, raised just over $10,000 to benefit the flood victims of the Middleburgh school community.  Members voted to match the $5,500 donation made by The Rolphie Fund to Middleburgh students. The Rolphie Fund [...]

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A thank you letter

Dear readers: After a phone interview with Emily Morse about the loss of her home in early November, I emailed her the rough draft of the article that appears on page 14 of NYSUT United’s December issue. Here is the letter she sent  in reply: Dear Betsy, Yes, it is true there is no going [...]

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Dual-certified teacher looking for a job

Tim Brisley is one of the many teachers who are without jobs due to budget cuts. He last taught earth science in the Albany city schools. He went back to school last year to get certified in elementary education as well. He substitute teaches when he can (even though that impacts unemployment.) What he’d really like [...]

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VIDEO: In Schoharie, volunteers rebuild a community ravaged by flood

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Raw FlipCam and iPhone video documenting union volunteers hard at work rebuilding a community ravaged by flooding.

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