Important Information for NYSHIP Enrollees

The NYSUT Regional Office has asked us to inform our membership that the contract between Blue Cross Hospital, which provides the hospitalization benefit portion of NYSHIP, and NYU Langone, is set to expire on September 30, 2019. If no agreement is reached by August 31, 2019 a letter will be sent from NYSHIP to its participants informing them that one month remains in the contract with NYU-Langone and that there is a possibility of a disruption.  We will update you as we learn of developments.

If anyone wants additional information they can call Peter L. Verdon, Regional Staff Director at NYSUT Suffolk Regional Office at 631-273-8822.

Northport Middle School Featured in Report on Toxic Schools.

On Tuesday, July 30, the Earth Law Center published the first draft of a policy report,  Toxic Schools: The Right to Environmental Health for Children in New York. The report focuses on three case studies — Bellport, Northport and Bethpage. It tells the story of the contaminants found in these schools and how the problems are being addressed by the respective districts.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to R-UTN member JOHN KOBEL for his hard work on behalf of the current and former students and staff of Northport Middle School. He has worked tirelessly to make everyone in the Northport – East Northport community aware of the ongoing problems at the school.

Please note that earlier today, when we posted the link to the report, we were unaware that it was only a draft and not for publication. The link has since been removed. When the final version of the report is ready for publication we will post a link on this webpage.

Sad News – Updated

Steve Paysen, a retired member of the Northport music department, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on July 25. He is survived by his wife Bonnie who is also a retired Northport teacher.

A wake for Steve will be held on Tuesday, July 30, from 2:00 -4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home, 411 Old Town Rd., East Setauket, NY

A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31 at 9:30 a.m. at the St. James RC Church, Route 25 A, Setauket, NY, followed by burial at the St. James Churchyard Cemetary.

The Northport Music Department is rallying to support the Paysen family by taking up a collection to help Bonnie and the rest of the Paysen family through this difficult time. For those who wish to contribute may bring donations of cash, or checks made to cash, to the Fine and Performing Arts office at Northport High School. 

The Little Shelter Needs Your Help

The Little shelter Animal Rescue was hit by lightning during the severe storm a few weeks ago – the strike hit their electrical panel and fried the AC, phone and most of the wiring. – they need $30,000 to fix everything. 

Little Shelter is a non-profit no kill facility and receives no government funding. They rely entirely on donations and volunteer help. For information on how to donate, visit the Little Shelter Website