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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When educators are ‘storm troopers’

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The latest edition of NYSUT United is in your mailboxes this week. There’s an extensive article about the needs of NYSUT members impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The entire single-floor home of Jodi Rebholz, a member of the North Babylon Teachers Organization, and Stephen Rebholz was flooded and will require extensive repair, including replacing the heating and [...]

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One super way to give

The United College Employees of the Fashion Institute of Technology held its holiday party last week. But instead of giving members a traditional holiday gift emblazoned with the union logo, officers donated $1,000 to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund. Local President Roberta Elins, Executive Vice President Linda Tains and Treasurer Paul Clement noted the donation [...]

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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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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 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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More union-proud efforts

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. It was rain-free in the Capital District and since we’ve had no frost I’m still dealing with veggies and even raspberries, but also still dealing with allergies. UGH. I think I’d rather have no more raspberries or beans, if I could just get rid of the sneezing. Here’s [...]

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Did anyone ever tell you …

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… that you look like Paul Tonko? That’s what someone asked a man on his knees cutting insulation for the Harva Company in Schoharie. “Yep,” he said through his mask, and he kept right on working, reaching for the tape measure for the next cut. Congressman Paul Tonko did not wait for media crews; he [...]

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