NYSUT retirees help change NY hospital policy

When Ike Cassuto, the husband of NYSUT retiree Thalia Cassuto, got a bill for $6,000 for skilled nursing care earlier this year, he wasn’t happy. Now he’s just heard about  another bill — one that will help retirees on Medicare who are in situations like he was in. Good news was just announced: The governor [...]

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Another apple; another story

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This time of year the apple trees are stunning. Delicate, paper-like pink flowers crown the crooked branches in a halo of soft color. Once the blossoms drop, it is time for farm workers to sort out the branches of the apple trees to make more room for the apples to receive the sun, and to [...]

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Tier VI: How did your reps vote?

In case you’ve been wondering how your representatives in Albany voted on Tier VI last Wednesday night in the wee hours of last Thursday morning, here are the lists, via Capitol Confidential. Voting Record: Senate | Assembly

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Report: Lawmakers could be back

UPDATE: Capital Tonight: Assembly Told To Prepare For Three-Day Session The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders are discussing the possibility of a special session this month to “approve an economic package that may include new taxes on the wealthy.” Lawmakers are currently scheduled to return to Albany in [...]

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Gov. vetoes pension bill

Gannett is reporting that Moody’s Investor Services says the property tax cap could “imperil” school districts and local governments. I can’t find a link to actual Moody’s report yet, but analyst Robert Weber says: New York state’s recently approved property-tax cap is likely to put additional pressure on local government financial operations already strained by declining [...]

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What it is all about

Watch live streaming video from fairportcsd at livestream.com If you were not lucky enough to attend a high school graduation ceremony this June, here’s 2 1/2 hours of the Fairport graduation ceremony. Fairport is just one of the many great schools across our state. The ceremony celebrates success, diversity, and even failure. I’m keeping this [...]

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Protect your rights NOW

Yes, the state Senate Education Committee will vote tomorrow to end seniority rights for every teacher in the New York City school system. If it happens there, how long before it happens in Buffalo, Syracuse, Yonkers? How long before Schenectady, Ithaca, you name the district? Call your State Senator at: 877 255-9417. When prompted, press [...]

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Funding for education at stake again

The American Federation of Teachers is making it easy for you to tell your senator to support education funding.

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NYSUT leaders to Assembly: Restore higher ed funding

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NYSUT’s higher education leaders Tuesday cast the plight of New York’s public colleges and universities in terms usually reserved for natural disasters as they described the effects of years of systematic budget cuts on SUNY, CUNY and the community colleges.

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VIDEO: Musical tribute to laid-off teacher in Yonkers

Marc Pekowsky of the Yonkers Federation of Teacher posted this video to the NYSUT United Facebook page. I’ll let him explain in his own words. If you would like to see something truly heartwarming and a prime example of why we teach, check out this Youtube video to see a little girl’s wonderful tribute to [...]

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