PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 2014

Although everyone must vote their conscience, please consider supporting your union by voting for those candidates endorsed by NYSUT who share our values and priorities. Every vote counts.
 
Below are the NYSUT ENDORSEMENTS FOR 2014:
To find your state senate representative:  http://www.nysenate.gov/
To find your state assembly representative: http://assembly.state.ny.us/
To find your congressional representative: http://www.house.gov/
Statewide Offices
Comptroller
Thomas DiNapoli
Attorney General
Eric Schneiderman
 
New York State Senate (Candidates that represent Nassau are bolded)
SD                    name
1                      Kenneth LaValle
3                      Adrienne Esposito
5                 Carl Marcellino
10                    James Sanders, Jr.
12                    Michael Gianaris
13                    Jose Peralta
14                    Leroy Comrie
15                    Joseph Addabbo
16                    Toby Ann Stavisky
18                    Martin Malave Dilan
19                    John Sampson
20                    Jesse Hamilton
21                    Kevin Parker
23                    Diane Savino
24                    Andrew Lanza
25                    Velmanette Montgomery
26                    Daniel Squadron
27                    Brad Hoylman
28                    Liz Krueger
29                    Jose Serrano
30                    Bill Perkins
31                    Adriano Espaillat
33                    Gustavo Rivera
34                    Jeffrey Klein
35                    Andrea Stewart-Cousins
36                    Ruth Hassell-Thompson
37                    George Latimer
38                    David Carlucci
39                    William Larkin, Jr.
40                    Justin Wagner
41                    Terry Gipson
42                    John Bonacic
44                    Neil Breslin
46                    Cecilia Tkaczyk
47                    Joseph Griffo
48                    Patty Ritchie
49                    Hugh Farley
51                    James Seward
52                    Thomas Libous
53                    David Valesky
54                    Michael Nozzolio
55                    Ted O’Brien
56                    Joseph Robach
57                    Catharine Young
58                    Thomas O’Mara
60                    Marc Panepinto
61                    Elaine Altaian
62                    Johnny G. Destino
63                    Timothy Kennedy
 
New York State Assembly (Candidates that represent Nassau are bolded)
AD                   Name
1                      Fred Thiele, Jr.
2                      Anthony Palumbo
3                      Edward Hennessey
5                      Alfred Graf
6                      Phil Ramos
7                      Andrew Garbarino
8                      Jason Zove
9                 Joseph Saladino
10                    Chad Lupinacci
11                    Kimberly Jean-Pierre
12                    Andrew Raia
13                Charles Lavine
14                David McDonough
15                Michael Montesano
16                Michelle Schimel
17                TomMcKevitt
19                Edward Ra
20                Todd Kaminsky
23                    Phillip Goldfeder
24                    David Weprin
25                    Nily Rozic
26                    Edward Braunstein
27                    Michael Simanowitz
28                    Andrew Hevesi
29                    William Scarborough
30                    Margaret Markey
31                    Michele Titus
32                    Vivian Cook
34                    Michael DenDekker
35                    Jefririon Aubry
36                    Aravella Simotas
37                    Catherine Nolan
38                    Michael Miller
39                    Francisco Moya
40                    Ron Kim
41                    Helene Weinstein
42                    Rodneyse Bichotte
43                    Karim Camara
44                    James Brennan
45                    Steven Cymbrowitz
46                    Alec Brook-Krasny
47                    William Colton
49                    Peter Abbate, Jr.
50                    Joseph Lentol
51                    Felix Ortiz
52                    Jo Anne Simon
53                    Maritza Davila
54                    Erik Martin Dilan
55                    Latrice Monique Walker
56                    Annette Robinson
57                    Walter Mosley
58                    N. Nick Perry
59                    Roxanne Persaud
60                    Charles Barron
61                    Matthew Titone
62                    Joseph Borelli
64                    Nicole Malliotakis
65                    Sheldon Silver
66                    Deborah Glick
67                    Linda Rosenthal
68                    Robert Rodriguez
69                    Daniel O’Donnell
70                    Keith Wright
71                    Herman (Denny) Farrell
72                    Guillermo Linares
73                    Dan Quart
74                    Brian Kavanagh
75                    Richard Gottfried
76                    Rebecca Seawright
77                    Latoya Joyner
78                    Jose Rivera
79                    Michael Blake
80                    Mark Gjonaj
81                    Jeffrey Dinowitz
82                    Michael Benedetto
83                    Carl Heastie
85                    Marcos Crespo
86                    Victor Pichardo
87                    Luis Sepulveda
88                    Amy Paulin
89                    J. Gary Pretlow
90                    Shelley Mayer
91                    Steven Otis
92                    Thomas Abinanti
93                    David Buchwald
94                    Andrew Falk
95                    Sandra Galef
96                    Kenneth Zebrowski
97                    Ellen Jaffee
99                    James Skoufis
100                  Aileen Gunther
103                  Kevin Cahill
104                  Frank Skartados
106                  Didi Barrett
107                  PhilMalone
108                  John McDonald, III
109                  Patricia Fahy
110                  Phil Steck
111                  Angelo Santabarbara
112                  James Tedisco
113                  Carrie Woerner
114                  Dan Stec
115                  Janet Duprey
116                  Addie Russell
117                  Ken Blankenbush
118                  Marc Butler
119                  Anthony Brindisi
120                  William Barclay
121                  William Magee
122                  Clifford Crouch
123                  Donna Lupardo
125                  Barbara Lifton
126                  Diane Dwire
127                  Albert Stirpe, Jr.
128                  Sam Roberts
129                  William Magnarelli
130                  Bob Oaks
131                  Brian Kolb
132                  Philip Palmesano
135                  Mark Johns
136                  Joseph Morelle
138                  Harry Bronson
141                  Crystal Peoples-Stokes
142                  Michael Kearns
143                  Mark Mazurek
144                  Jane Corwin
145                  John Ceretto
146                  Raymond Walter
147                  David DiPietro
148                  Joseph Giglio
149                  Sean Ryan
150                  Barrie Yochim
 
House of Representatives
1                      Timothy Bishop
3                 Steve Israel
4                 Kathleen Rice
5                      Gregory Meeks
6                      Grace Meng
7                      Nydia Velazquez
8                      Hakeem Jeffries
9                      Yvette Clarke
10                    Jerrold Nadler
12                    Carolyn Maloney
13                    Charles Rangel
14                    Joe Crowley
15                    Jose Serrano
16                    Eliot Engel
17                    NitaLowey
18                    Sean Patrick Maloney
19                    Christopher Gibson
20                    Paul Tonko
21                    Aaron Woolf
22                    Richard Hanna
23                    Martha Robertson
24                    Dan Maffei
25                    Louise Slaughter
26                    Brian Higgins 

NYSUT Phone Banks

Ask not what your Union can do for you, but what you can do for your Union!

We need your help.

It is important to be an active member. Here is a way you can help.

NYSUT wants our help in getting the endorsed candidates elected into office. The
NYSUT PAC team is running phone banks.

We have the following dates from 3-6 pm at the Nassau Regional office, address
below.

They also have earlier hours if you need them. Let us know and we can tell you
when they are. Please let us know if and when you can go. We will forward your
name to NYSUT so that you are expected.

Monday, Oct. 20
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Monday, Oct. 27
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Wednesday, Oct. 29

Please call or email the NCCFT union office – 516-572-7198 or nccft@ncc.edu
with your availability.

Thank you in advance for your help

Stephanie Sapiie
Dawn Smith
Co-chairs NCCFT PAC
NYSUT Nassau<http://www.nysut.org/nassau>
1000 Woodbury Road -Suite 214
Woodbury, NY 11797
(516) 496-2035

SUNY Seamless Mandate

Just when we thought we were making progress with our discussions concerning SUNY Seamless, the empty threats emanating from our Administration have taken a turn to desperation. In an act of utter contempt for the concerns of the faculty, students and community we serve, our Administration has asked the BOT to disregard our history of shared governance and give dictatorial powers to the Administration.

At the NCCFT General Faculty meeting yesterday, I spoke to you on the topic of SUNY Seamless. I reiterated the position of the NCCFT Executive Committee. We believe that SUNY Seamless is problematic in many ways, as previously posted on this website. The Faculty on this campus have risen to the challenges and were able to push back the implementation date by one year. This has given us time to reevaluate the consequences of the SUNY mandate and has allowed us to engage is honest and meaningful discussions. Of course, we recognize the authority of the Academic Senate and support the will of that body. President Debbie DeSanto also reminded us that the main concern of the NCCFT with respect to the implementation of this mandate is the effect on Full Time employment.

We received word that the BOT scheduled an Academic Affairs sub-committee meeting for Tuesday evening. The rumor was that the BOT was going to assume the responsibility for implementing SUNY Seamless. At the General Faculty meeting I quipped, “if you have never been to a BOT meeting, you might think this will work”.

Never did I imagine what was about to occur. At the BOT Academic Affairs meeting, the Administration presented to the BOT an outline discussing how the Academic Senate has been stonewalling any discussions on SUNY Seamless and how this has led to a crisis in meeting the timeline established by SUNY and the arbitrary timeline established by the Administration to program Banner, etc.  At these BOT committee meetings, the faculty are guests and sit in the audience. We do not have any right to speak. In order to speak, we must get the attention of the Committee Chair (whose back is to us) and ask for permission. Permission is not always granted.  Debbie, Lynn Mazzola and I finally brought enough attention to Dr. Gardyn to recognize us and he allowed us to speak.  The discussion became quite robust.  The Administration asked the BOT to give the Academic Senate a deadline to create a resolution bringing the campus into compliance this semester or, if the Senate does not comply, grant that authority to the Acting Executive Vice President.

And, the Board complied.

Frank Frisenda, NCCFT Vice President

 

October Update

 

  • The NCCFT received today the first draft of the new CBA from Ingerman Smith. We are working on finalizing the language of the CBA in spirit, intent and word.  This is a time consuming and an ongoing process.
  • The Academic Senate Executive Committee (ASEC) placed SUNY Seamless front and center for discussion at the opening session of the Academic Senate meeting, which took place on September 30, 2014. Many interesting viewpoints were expressed, many valuable insights were provided and many unanswered questions remain. It has been and continues to be the position of the NCCFT to support the will and authority of the Academic Senate.  In addition, the welfare of our members is of utmost importance.  Our primary objective is to protect jobs and prevent the loss of full-time lines.  Our past posts regarding SUNY Seamless have intended to educate our members on this initiative and the consequences that we will have to live with if we comply with the mandate as dictated by SUNY.  We are confident that the contributions of the NCCFT have been of assistance, with the succor of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, to the ASEC in their efforts and success in challenging SUNY’s ill-conceived mandate while we embark cautiously with collaborative discussions.
  • On October 2, 2014 the NCCFT held their annual New Faculty Luncheon.  It was so wonderful to welcome so many new union brothers and sisters from across the campus, including an entire table of LINCC Lecturers, to the NCCFT.  Several members expressed their appreciation for the recent CBA, understanding that the NCCFT is all about, for and driven by its members.  We are proud to report that we have increased our full-time faculty to 693 and that 692 are NCCFT members.  It was exciting to see the enthusiasm of our new union brothers and sisters who wish to become active members as they learned that the NCCFT is their bargaining voice and their advocates on the NCC campus. We welcome all, not just our newest members, to get involved as we continue to embrace new ideas and fresh perspectives as we grow and evolve toward the future. This is your union!  We stand stronger when we stand together!
  • Upcoming dates to note:
    • October 7, 2014 – NCCFT Executive Board Meeting at 11:30 am in room G-109
    • October 14, 2014 – NCCFT General Union Meeting at 11:30 am in the CCB-MPR

 

Member Shopping Program

NYSUT Oct14

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!

As summer comes to a close and Fall is almost upon us, the NCCFT Executive Committee would like to update you on our activities since the end of the Spring semester. Your Executive Committee has been very busy with Union business during this time.  Please click the link below to open our Fall Welcome Letter and read about our recent work, ongoing activities, recent retirees, new hires, and the Fall 2014 calendar.

NCCFT 2014-2015 Welcome Letter

2014 NYSUT Endorsed NYS Senate Candidates With Primaries

2014 NYSUT Primary EndorsementsTo Find Your Senate District go to: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators

Disaster Relief – Rainstorm Victims


Many of our members’ homes on Long Island took a terrible beating from the recent torrential rain storm (13.6 inches of rain were recorded in 4 hours in the Islip area). Some of the pictures on television were reminiscent of the devastation caused by Sandy.

Members of NYSUT locals on Long Island and in other areas of the state affected by the recent flooding can access the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund application and instructions on how to make donations at: www.nysut.org/disasterrelief

 

NYS AFL-CIO C.O.P.E. 2014 Convention

  • On Monday August 18, 2014 the NYS AFL-CIO C.O.P.E. Convention in New York City was attended by delegates NCCFT President Debra DeSanto, Carmine DeSanto, Dawn Smith and Donna Hope.
  • Over 1,000 delegates and alternates attended the convention of which NYSUT, an affiliate of the state AFL-CIO, was represented at the convention by nearly 400 delegates.
  • Because of the strong numbers of participants, solidarity and support, we successfully carried our message from NYSUT’s Endorsement Conference to the NYS AFL-CIO.  This is proof that our Union is strongest when our members are engaged and mobilized. 
  • There are 63 Senate and 150 Assembly races to watch in 2014. The New York State AFL-CIO endorsed state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for reelection this fall.
  • One of the most heated challenges was that of Senate District 8.  Dave Dennenberg won the endorsement by a tight two-thirds vote.   
  • Notably missing from the list was Andrew Cuomo, a Democratwho was endorsed in 2010. The New York State AFL-CIO did not endorse Cuomo in the race for governor.   Democratic candidates have long relied on support from organized labor, but Cuomo has had a more contentious relationship with unions.   
Our Political Action Committee (PAC) will be posting the list of recommended endorsements in the near future.

NYSUT Conference on Endorsements 2014

Frank Frisenda, NCCFT VP and VOTE COPE Coordinator, and Dawn Smith, NCCFT PAC Co-Chair, attended the NYSUT Conference on Endorsements 2014 in Albany on August 11 and 12.

  • For the past several months, the NYSUT Board of Directors and Board PAC leaders vet candidates to make endorsement recommendations for Congress, Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Senate and Assembly
  • On Monday, these endorsements were presented to the V/C Coordinators and ED PAC leaders. This was a lively discussion and several changes were made to the NYS Senate and Assembly endorsements
  • Afterwards, on Monday evening, we all boarded buses and went to the steps of the NYS Education Department for a rally opposing the privatization of Public Education – “Public education, NOT private profits!”
  • Tuesday morning the local Presidents or their designees, ED PAC leaders, V/C Coordinators, NYSUT leaders and staff attended a “Fall Election Discussion” meeting to discuss the process. This discussion was dominated by various proposals as to the endorsement of Governor. There was NO support for Cuomo
  • Afterwards, we broke into workshops. Frank attended the workshop describing NYSUT’s current legal challenges: Tax-Cap, AARP, Pearson gag-order, Wright v State of NY and Davids v State of NY (this is the Campbell Brown inspired attack on due process aka the Vergara copycat suit). It is notable that NYSUT is being proactive in fighting back politically and legally on issues that are near and dear to us. Going to the NYSUT website and signing up for Member Action Center, will keep members informed and promote activism
  • Dawn attended the “7 strategies for Using Social and Mainstream Media to Engage your members” workshop on using Social Media. They discussed using Facebook because it is the prime social network and why locals should have a Facebook page and use it often.  The workshop covered using images, scheduling advance content, handling criticism, using Google alerts and keeping out of trouble
  • We then broke out in Regional “meeting and recommendations” sessions (Nassau/Suffolk) and discussed the VC/PAC updated endorsements. Dawn and Frank argued successfully for candidates that have been friends to NCCFT.  More on this at another time. Again, the process of the Governor’s endorsement became heated and went into overtime for close to two hours. Other meetings had to continue without the LI delegation, but NYSUT held off any discussions that impacted us until we completed our process.
  • Our endorsement recommendations, along with all the other regional recommendations, will go to the NYSUT Board of Directors on Wednesday for their consideration and final decisions. These decisions will be brought to the AFL/CIO convention next week and hopefully the NYS House of Labor will stand together. We shall see.

NYSUT endorsements will be published as soon as they are finalized.

Watch for a follow-up report on the NYS AFL-CIO COPE Convention to be attended by delegates NCCFT President Debra DeSanto, Carmine DeSanto, Dawn Smith and Donna Hope.