September 30, 2016
New leaders learn the ropes
NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino, left, addresses member activists at the 2016 New Local Presidents Conference. The event, held every two years at NYSUT headquarters, highlights the many services and supports available to local leaders through the state. NYSUT President Karen Magee, Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta, Vice President Paul Pecorale and Secretary-Treasurer Martin Messner also gave presentations. Geoffrey Maliszewski, who co-leads the Galway Teachers Association with Melanie McDonald, was eager "to learn more about statewide trends and the issues impacting teachers. We've always been involved in our union, but this is our first time leading." Sharon Stone, president of the Minerva TA, said small locals have a lot to offer. "We have lots of small schools upstate doing really innovative things to remain viable," said Stone, who represents 23 members in the 125-student pre-k-12 district. "We want to stay on NYSUT's radar." Photo by El-Wise Noisette.