RC 23 Fall Luncheon

Peter Verdon addressing retirees.

Seven executive board members of the R-UTN attended the Retiree Council 23 Fall Luncheon on October 19 at Lombardi’s on the Bay in Patchogue. Attending were colleagues from the RC23 member chapters — Commack, Elwood, Harborfields, Hauppauge, Huntington, Kings Park, Northport, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Sachem, Smithtown and Three Village.  VOTE/COPE Chair June Smith gave an update on NYSUT’S phone campaign to defeat the Constitutional Convention proposition. Retiree services Consultant Joan Perrini highlighted the upcoming Regional Retiree Conference on November 2nd.

RC 23 President Ellen Burke urged members to continue phone calls and to attend the “Pizza and Post Card” party at the NYSUT office.  ED 52 Director Rosemary Catanzariti emphasized the need to donate to VOTE/COPE and the possible financial impact of the current Agency Fee Supreme Court case.

Peter Verdon & Ed

Guest speaker Peter Verdun stressed the importance of getting the vote out on November 7th. He also had a surprise in store for the Northport contingent when he related that he was a Northport graduate, and his guidance counselor, Ed Nostrand, was at the Northport table.

After a great meal and informative speeches, we held raffle of gifts donated by each chapter.  The lucky winners were Barbara Schubart, Kathy Hynes, Mary Kay, Rita Root, Judy Bensimon, Carol Crowley, Carolyn Bogart, Elaine Gish, Fran Martin, Joyce Duck and Ana (no last name) from Commack.



Election Day 2017 is too important to miss …

2017 is an off-year election, but in New York State it is vitally important that we all vote NO on November 7 and  DEFEAT THE PROPOSAL TO HOLD A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. If for any reason you will not be able to vote in person, apply for an absentee ballot NOW.

Applications for Absentee Ballots must be received by your local county Board of Elections by October 31. Applications are available online from the New York State Board of Elections website, from the public library or by calling your county Board of Elections. The number for the Suffolk Board of Elections is (631) 852-4515. Applications may be returned in person or by mail.

Do Not Delay: Act Now to secure your ballot and vote, if for any reason you will not be able to vote at your regular designated polling place on Election Day November 7th. This election is
too important to miss.

Sad News …

Retired Norwood Avenue teacher Marilouise Deloughry passed away on October 12 at the age of 86. A wake will be held at Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, 5 Laurel Avenue, Northport,  on Wednesday, October 18th, 2-5 & 7-9 p.m., with a prayer service on Thursday at 10 a.m.

MariLouise is survived by daughters Suzanne  and Aileen and two granddaughters. Donations in her name can be sent to Maryhaven,  51 Terryville Road,  Port Jefferson Station,  NY  11776 / maryhaven.chsli.org

Those who take elections for granted often lose …

If you look around Suffolk County you’ll see a lot of Vote No signs and magnets.  If you talk to your members, because of the work you’ve done, they know the importance of this election.  But we haven’t won yet and we can’t take a win for granted.

Remember the last major statewide poll?  While we’re closing the gap, the yes vote was still ahead.  Also remember what we saw about voter turnout in an off year election?   The record shows that a lot of our members normally do not vote in off year elections.

In the last two or three weeks of this campaign we expect to see a lot more attention and money spent promoting the yes vote.  Did you see the Newsday editorial today?

The NYSUT Phone Bank is up and running — and Tuesdays are Retiree Days from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come for an hour or a day and help get our message out. Retirees are also welcome on Mondays and Thursdays.

Phone Bank Locations and Times where you send volunteers as of today:

Suffolk Regional office:

Mondays all members 3:30 to 6:30 until Election Day
Tuesdays 10:30 to 6:30
Retirees 10:30 to 6:30 (except Halloween when we will only do retiree calls from 10:30 to 1:00)
In-service volunteers 2:00 to 6:30 (except Halloween)
**Just added ** Thursday 11/2 3:00 to 6:30


NYSUT Regional Conference

The theme for this year’s NYSUT Regional Conference is Critical Issues Facing Seniors. The conference, to be held on Thursday, November 2 at the Watermill in Smithtown, features a continental breakfast, seminars of interest to NYSUT retirees and lunch.

Download the Conference Registration Form to register. Registration Deadline is October 25. For more inforamtion call Joan Perrrini at (631) 273-8822.