April 7, 2014

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UUP applauds, supports new NYSUT leaders

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NYSUT’s new statewide slate of officers pose for a photo at the union’s 2014 Representative Assembly in New York City.

UUP sends its congratulations to new NYSUT President Karen Magee and NYSUT’s other elected statewide officers.

Magee, the union’s first woman president, was elected by NYSUT delegates at the 2014 Representative Assembly, April 4-6 in New York City.

RA delegates also re-elected Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta and voted for three new leaders—vice presidents Catalina Fortino and Paul Pecorale, and Secretary-Treasurer Martin Messner.

“We look forward to creating positive change by working with NYSUT’s new officers,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. “I am certain that together, we can achieve great things.”

“Our team stands for change and our work begins now," said Magee, in an April 6 NYSUT press release. "That includes taking on the tough fights and communicating clearly with decision makers at every level. We will be the voice they cannot ignore. We will defend public education and public service. Period."

UUPers on NYSUT board

Also at the RA, Kowal and three other UUPers—VP for Academics Jamie Dangler, Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud (who was re-elected), and Tom Tucker, Buffalo Center Chapter president and Outreach Committee co-chair—were elected to the NYSUT Board of Directors.

Kowal will also serve on NYSUT’s Executive Committee.

“Congratulations to Jamie, Rowena and Tom, who will be strong advocates for UUP on the NYSUT board,” Kowal said.

Magee, the longtime president of the Harrison Association of Teachers, served as a member of the NYSUT Board of Directors and its Policy Council. She spent nearly 30 years as an elementary education and special education teacher, and has served as an elected representative to the New York State Teachers' Retirement System and as an officer of the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body, AFL-CIO.

Fortino served as vice president of education for the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and director of UFT’s Teacher Center. Pecorale, a special education teacher, was president of the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers and served on the NYSUT Board of Directors. Messner, a health and physical education teacher, was president of the Schoharie Teachers’ Association.

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