May 2016 Issue
June 03, 2016


Source: NYSUT United

Joseph E. Sweeny
Joseph E. Sweeny, NYSUT Board member, former Dunkirk TA president and a social studies teacher for 38 years, died May 8.

Members and colleagues who knew and worked alongside Sweeny recall his passion and loyalty to the labor movement, to teaching, to students and to the Democratic Party.

"I was on the phone with Rick [Gallant, a fellow NYSUT Board member] ... we both knew what Joe would want more than anything would be for folks to register people to vote and, specifically, for the Democratic Party," said Mary Ellen Decker, Sweeny's longtime companion.

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Barbara Block | March 29, 2016
Elwood Retired Teachers Alliance

Patricia Heister | April 10, 2016
Franklinville Teachers Association

Rosalie M. Mankin | March 22, 2016
United Federation of Teachers

James D. McFatter | March 8, 2016
Ramapo Teachers Association

Gerald Schreiber | April 11, 2016
United Federation of Teachers

Patricia McCarty Toussaint | Dec. 30, 2015
Whitesboro Teachers Association

MaryAnn Carlin-Walsh | Feb. 25, 2016
Elwood Retired Teachers Alliance

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