On December 6th, 42 of our members assembled at Jackson’s (Jericho Turnpike, Commack) to enjoy a delicious lunch and to meet and greet former colleagues. Our Annual Winter Luncheon is a perfect opportunity to reconnect with fellow retirees and to share news. A great time was had by all and the staff at Jackson’s was warm and welcoming. A surprise visit by Chris Pendergast was a highlight of the afternoon. This is the 20th anniversary of his famous “Ride for Life” – he intends to repeat his journey to Washington D.C. again this year. Dave Hosie entertained us with a Christmas poem. A dozen of our members generously donated gifts for our raffle. Ticket sales generated $265 for our Scholarship Fund. Many thanks to those who brought gifts and to those who bought tickets. Our next get-together will be in the spring – watch the mail for the newsletter announcing date and place – hope to see you then. Have safe and healthy Holidays – R-UTN Executive Board.
Tuesday June 28th is Primary day for Congressional candidates. Several Democratic candidates are vying for Steve Israel’s seat in the Third Congressional District. NYSUT does not endorse candidates for open seats. Steve Israel has endorsed Steve Stern, currently Suffolk Council member as his replacement.
In the First Congressional District, NYSUT has not endorsed the current office holder Lee Zeldin because of his negative voting record on issues of concern to seniors.
June 28th is an odd date for an election, but I urge you to remember it and make an effort to get to the polls. Who you vote for is your decision. Exercising your right to vote is the import thing.
An IRS telephone scam has surfaced. Be alert and remember the IRS never calls taxpayers – they communicate by regular mail. The scammers are calling people and threatening them with fines and arrest. Never give out Social Security numbers or any bank information over the phone even if caller is using IRS ID numbers and official sounding titles. If you receive a call from the IRS – hang up and report the call to crime stoppers – 1-800-244-8477. All calls are kept anonymous.
All NYSUT members are encouraged to visit the Member Benefits website at memberbenefits.nysut.org to learn more about endorsed programs and services offered. Newest endorsed programs include Member Shopping Program powered by Paycheck Direct, Solar Solidarity Program from American Solar Partners, and ID Watchdog protecting against identity and credit theft. Call 1-800-626-8101 to request printed directory of services.