Andrew Pallotta

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Longtime union leader Andy Pallotta was elected president of NYSUT in April 2017.

A grassroots activist and former elementary school teacher, Pallotta previously served as NYSUT executive vice president, directing NYSUT’s massive political mobilization and legislative efforts.

In that position, Pallotta oversaw the legislative and political action activities of members across the state, and encouraged and fostered grassroots engagement. As executive vice president, he led a professional lobbying team that secured record levels of state school aid. Pallotta also spearheaded the development of the online NYSUT Member Action Center (MAC) in 2012 to facilitate cyber-lobbying on key state and federal legislative proposals and issues. The MAC has been an extremely successful addition to NYSUT’s political program, cultivating a growing and active community of activists. Pallotta’s term as executive vice president also saw record-breaking contributions to VOTE-COPE, the union’s political action fund.

Before assuming his statewide leadership role, Pallotta was a United Federation of Teachers representative in the Bronx — a district of 38,000 students and 57 union chapters — and helped resolve contractual, educational and community concerns, including working to oust an incumbent politician who failed to stand up for schools.

Pallotta, who sees a strong connection among his faith, progressive politics and the goals of the American labor movement, also has strengthened NYSUT coalitions with other organizations working for the greater good.

A graduate of the NYSUT Leadership Institute, Pallotta has served as a delegate to NYSUT, American Federation of Teachers and UFT conventions. He is a vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO, a member of its executive committee and executive council, and a vice president of AFT and a member of its executive council.

Pallotta has earned degrees from Kingsborough Community College (Associate in Business), St. Francis College (Bachelor in Business) and Brooklyn College (Master in Education).


October 2017