Member Benefits announces launch of Peer Support Line

This new program is now available to all NYSUT members and their families. A Peer Support Line has been created in partnership with NYSUT Member Benefits and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care that is now available at no cost to all NYSUT members and their families. This confidential helpline — staffed by trained in-service and retired individuals who understand the challenges of NYSUT members — can provide answers, referrals, and empathetic support when you need it.

The Peer Support Line can assist with utilizing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits, along with finding information and referrals for professional assistance within your community.

This service can help with the following topics and more:

• Finding mental health services or support groups
• Answering questions about Medicare and Medicaid
• Managing work-related stress

• Providing support to new members
• Sourcing elder care or caregiving services
• Assisting with marital, relationship, or child rearing concerns

• Reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness
• Accessing services for individuals with disabilities
• Finding help for victims of violence
• Managing planned or unexpected hospitalizations

Don’t go it alone. When stressful situations arise, look to the Peer Support Line to speak with trained peer support specialists who will lend a caring ear and connect you with community resources that can make a difference for you and your family.

Contact the Peer Support Line at 844-444-0152.

Sad News

Joe Quartararo, long time math chairperson for the district, passed away on Oct. 31 at the age of 79 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Paulette; daughters Christine, Deborah and Kathleen, two sons-in-law, five grandchildren and two sisters.

Joe’s career spanned thirty-five years in the Northport Schools as math teacher, math chairperson, and principal. After retiring from Northport he chaired the Math Department at The Green Vale School in Brookville for seventeen years, and from 1968 until this year he taught evening courses at Nassau Community College.

In 1979 Joe was a founding member of The Continental Mathematics League (CML), which brought together schools from across the country to participate in mathematics competitions by mail. For over fifteen years he was President of the Long Math Fair, and he established the American Regents Math League (ARML). In 1987 Joe was and honored with the prestigious Presidential Award for “Mathematics Teacher of the Year,” which was presented by President Ronald Reagan at the White House.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, Nov. 3rd at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Hauppauge, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A funeral mass will be said on Friday 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Smithtown, followed by entombment at Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Farmingdale.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Good Shepherd Hospice.

R-UTN members with memories of Joe they wish to share can email . Please put the word MEMORY in your subject line, keep your commemorative brief and include your name and former school.