Paul Pecorale was re-elected second vice president of NYSUT in April 2017. He served as president of the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers for eight years before his election as a NYSUT vice president in April 2014. He has served on the NYSUT Board of Directors since 2005.
A special education teacher in Patchogue-Medford schools for 22 years, Pecorale was also a NYSUT political action chair at the local level.
Pecorale has served on many statewide working groups, committees and task forces for NYSUT. His commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others is lifelong, beginning with students who needed help transitioning to work, and continues today through his role as co-chair of the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State.
He is a proud graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh (undergraduate) and Stony Brook University (master’s) and of the NYSUT and AFL-CIO leadership institutes. A longtime proponent of coalition building in the union movement, Pecorale is a member of the New York State AFL-CIO Executive Council and chairs the American Labor Studies Center. He also serves as a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Pecorale is a fierce advocate for retirement security, encouraging the work of the NYSUT Retiree Advisory Committee to produce the acclaimed publication, Your Blueprint for Retirement: An Online Planning Guide. He champions economic security and professional development issues important to school-related professionals. He campaigns for equitable funding for public higher education and passage of the changes in the Workplace Violence Prevention Act to include public schools. He has raised awareness of the importance of the NYSUT Social Services program to our members. And he believes that union membership provides power to those whose voices are often not heard.
As of February 2017, Pecorale assumed responsibilities as NYSUT’s acting executive director.