April 27, 2009

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Elections highlight UUP Spring DA

UUP delegate Gideon Dunkley Jr. of Brooklyn HSC, left, receives his DA credentials from Dennis Kelleher, center, and Allen Gordon, both of Stony Brook HSC. Gideon was one of the 300-plus delegates eligible to vote during the union's annual elections.

More than 300 UUP delegates cast ballots in a series of elections conducted at the union’s Spring DA April 24-25 in Albany.

Phillip H. Smith won election to his first full two-year term as UUP president. Smith – a professor of cell and developmental biology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse – was first elected as president in February, 2008 to fill an unexpired term.

Two other statewide officers – Secretary Eileen Landy of Old Westbury and Membership Development Officer Edward Quinn of Stony Brook – were re-elected to two-year terms.

Five members of UUP’s Executive Board won re-election to new two-year terms: Glenn McNitt of New Paltz, Mike Smiles of Farmingdale, Edison Bond of Brooklyn Health Science Center, Laura Rhoads of Potsdam, and Caroline Bailey of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

Three members were newly elected to the Executive Board to each serve for two years: Robert Reganse of Farmingdale, Brian Tappen of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and David Curry of Plattsburgh.

Delegates also attended two dozen committee meetings, approved 12 resolutions and special orders of business, and honored winners of the union’s annual journalism contest.

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