November 23, 2015

Christopher Black named NYSUT director of legislation

Source: NYSUT Media Relations

chris blackALBANY, N.Y. Nov. 23, 2015 - Christopher Black of Clifton Park has been named director of legislation for New York State United Teachers.

Black has been on the staff of the union’s Legislative and Political Department for 17 years, the last five as assistant director. In his new role, he will supervise and manage the department’s staff of legislative representatives, analyze legislative proposals, help shape NYSUT’s legislative positions and oversee the union’s lobbying efforts.

“Chris brings to this important position the experience, skill set and temperament to meet the political challenges before us,” said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. “He is a strong advocate for all of our members — those working in schools and on college campuses, and in health care facilities and human service agencies — and he has a firm grasp on the legislative process in both Albany and Washington, D.C.”

NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta said: “Chris can hit the ground running. He already has the respect of our staff and has fostered good working relationships with legislative leaders in both the Senate and Assembly, as well as with staff in the Executive Chamber. His enthusiasm and work ethic will serve our members, and all who care about our members and who they serve.”

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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