December 2013/January 2014 Issue
December 13, 2013

Kudos! NYSUT members honored and in print

Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

United Federation of Teachers members Joseph Mortimer Brogan, Maura Donnelly, Ann Garvey, Doris Marie Meyer, Maura Mulligan, Alice O'Neil; Somers Faculty Association President Brenda O'Shea; and Yorktown Congress of Teachers President Sean Kennedy were named to the Irish Echo newspaper's list of "Irish Labor 100," which recognizes leading Irish-Americans in the labor movement. The paper's editors noted that "It could be argued that the American labor movement would not exist in its current form without the efforts of the standout Irish men and women through the years."

Cristina Llerena, United University Professions member at SUNY Optometry, received a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Development award of more than $720,000 from the National Institutes of Health for her work in "Binocular approaches to perceptual learning in adult amblyopia."

In print

Julie Kim, UFT, has written Emma, a children's book about a girl who inspires children to read, think and write. The book includes activities for children from kindergarten to second grade. For a copy of the book, visit or

Identical twin sisters Serena Young Nanda and Joan Young Gregg, Professional Staff Congress Retirees Chapter, have published two crime and culture novels, based on true events in a NYC Indian neighborhood and in a South Florida gated community. Both titles, Gift of a Bride: A Tale of Anthropology, Matrimony and Murder and Assisted Dying: An Ethnographic Murder Mystery on Florida's Gold Coast, are available through AltaMira Press and at