NYSUT Statement re: John King

NYSUT statement on John King’s appointment as Acting U.S. Secretary of Education

ALBANY, N.Y. Oct. 2, 2015 —  “New York State United Teachers is disappointed in John King’s appointment as acting U.S. Secretary of Education. NYSUT has always considered John King an ideologue with whom we disagreed sharply on many issues during his tenure as the state’s Education Department commissioner. Just last year, our members delivered a vote of no confidence against him and called for his resignation. NYSUT urges its members to call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 — as well as a special White House telephone line dedicated to public comments at 202-456-1111 — to express their displeasure in John King’s appointment.”


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.


NCCFT Update

The NCCFT Executive Committee had their first meeting with Dr. Dolan on September 22, 2015.

President DeSanto requested that a copy of the organizational chart be sent to the faculty.  We are pleased to see that the chart has been forwarded.

At this meeting, President DeSanto along with the other executive committee members repeatedly expressed the need to replace full-time faculty.  It was pointed out that full-time faculty, in addition to teaching, hold office hours, serve on departmental and college-wide committees and also play a major role in the shared governance at NCC.  Most importantly, full-time faculty serve on numerous committees that advocate for our students and work to enhance their lives while at NCC.  It is important to remember that students come first. The conversation was lengthy and the role of the full-time faculty member was reiterated over and over.  Dr. Dolan acknowledged the concern but again pointed to budgetary issues.  At that point, we did discuss the number of Administrators on the campus.

Also discussed was the AVP search and the timing of this search. The timing of the search is problematic without a President in place.

Debbie clearly stated to Dr. Dolan that at every meeting he will continue to hear about the need to replace the full-time faculty and that the budgetary issue is not an adequate response.  This is about the elimination of services that full-time faculty on this campus provide.  Thus, if retention is truly an issue, and full-time lines aren’t replaced, who will students seek out for their educational needs?

We urge you all to speak out at your departmental, Academic Senate and sub-committee meetings, as well as, at the BOT meetings and with Administration and County elected officials about the importance of maintaining full-time faculty lines to keep NCC the “gem” of Nassau County.

More to follow…..

NCCFT Executive Committee



You’re Invited to a Special Movie Screening!

Join Us for a Viewing and Discussion of the Movie ‘Education, Inc.’!
‘Education, Inc.’ is a short film through the eyes of parent and filmmaker Brian Malone, as he travels cross-country in search of the answers behind the problems facing public education. Visit the NYSUT MAC to find a screening near you.

Education, Inc. is told through the eyes of parent and filmmaker Brian Malone, as he travels cross-country in search of the answers and sources behind the privatization of American public education, and what it means for his kids. With striking footage from school protests, raucous school board meetings and interviews with some of the most well-known education leaders in the country, Malone zooms out to paint a clear picture of profit and politics that’s sweeping across the nation, right under our noses.Check out the NYSUT Member Action Center to find out where YOU can attend a special screening and discussion of Education, Inc., the compelling new documentary film about the corporate effort to make public schools a for-profit industry.Please join us at screenings across the state of Education, Inc., and help spread the word. Say no to privatizing public schools!
In solidarity,

Andrew Pallotta
NYSUT Executive Vice President
P.S.:   Click here to find out where you can attend a screening and discussion of
Education, Inc.!

NCCFT 2014-2015 Review

NCCFT Academic-Year-Partial Summary*


 September 2014

A new election committee was created to serve in addition to the current tellers committee.

The purpose was to review the process of elections for the executive committee.

Ten members of the faculty were selected, as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, to serve on the college-wide retention committee (CWRC).  Phyllis Kurland will serve as Chair representing the faculty on this committee.

October 2014

The NCCFT New Faculty Luncheon was held on October 2, 2014 during club hour in the CCB room 252.

NYSUT LGBT Conference was held in Latham, NY October 24-25, 2014.

Year to date membership: of the 693 full time lines, 692 are members of the NCCFT.

The NCCFT continues to work on the CBA, which was closely reviewed and proofread.  Until all language is agreed upon, several people will proofread it and then it will go to printing.

The presidential search is ongoing. The committee expects to report the results to the BOT by the end of February. From there the SUNY trustees will get the information by May or June.  A job description is forthcoming.

November 2014

Community College Conference was held in Saratoga Springs, NY November 7-9, 2014.

This three-day conference is sponsored by NYSUT.

December 2014

“Reclaim the Promise” campaign – members solicited signatures across the campus. Reclaiming the promise is about making college affordable and accessible to all and relieving the burdens of those costs that have been shifted onto students and families. In the early 1970’s education law was approved funding New York’s community colleges, specifically NY Education Law §6304: NY Code Section 6304: Financing of community colleges. The law talks about the often talks about the 1/3 funding formula: 1/3 from the students, 1/3 from the county and 1/3 from the state.  We are not receiving the 1/3 funding from the state and it is time to “reclaim the promise” and insist that New York State fund its community colleges as it promised in its own 1970’s legislation.

The NCCFT held its annual Holiday Luncheon on December 9.  “Reclaim the Promise” was introduced and members were asked to sign the petition.

VOTE-COPE conference in Albany.

January 2015

The NYSUT Higher Ed Policy Council in New York City.

Chancellor’s Award for Classified Service Committee.

The Affirmative Action Committee wants to pass a resolution of civility regarding language being used by BOT members.

February 2015

Representatives from the Political Action Committee met State legislators during the February 2015 NYSUT Lobby Day. A petition including 1,200 signatures for the “reclaim the promise” was delivered.

March 2015

The AFT Conference: Several members of the NCCFT attended the March 12-15, 2015 conference in Buena Vista,  Florida.

Health & Safety Co-Chairs attended the March 12 NYSUT Health & Safety Conference in Albany.

Promotion & Tenure – 33 Full Prof. and 22 for Assoc. Prof. applications were submitted.

Administration agreed to make sick days for LINCC faculty effective retroactively to September 2013.

Members of the P&T Committee met with the Exec. Comm. and J. Sandler regarding Dr. Saunders’ failure to recommend a faculty member for reclassification that the committee had recommended:

  • The NCCFT grievance officer recommended filing a grievance that Section 61 of the CBA had been violated
  • The Exec. Comm. voted unanimously to file this grievance
  • The grievance Chair will send Acting President Dr. Saunders requesting any documentation sent to the BOT regarding promotions, tenure and reclassifications for the March 2015 BOT meeting

Step II grievance regarding Dr. Saunders’ failure to forward to the BOT a recommendation by the P&T Committee for a member’s Reclassification to Technologist was filed on March 26, 2015: the Acting President denied same and a Step III grievance is being filed.

Held non-tenured faculty meeting on March 24.

April 2015

Regarding the BOT’s violation of Section 19 Academic Senate, the filed STEP II grievance was denied by the Acting President: the NCCFT will file a Step III.

The Agreement to Provide Health Insurance Coverage in regards to the Special Retirement Incentive was finalized. The faculty may view it at Human Resources.  The letter will also be posted on our website.

J. Hoyt submitted his resignation for Vice President for Non-Classroom/Professional Faculty as of August 31, 2015.

The Student Showcase Luncheon was held on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Jeff Friedman, NYSUT Regional Political strategist, attended an Executive Committee meeting in April.

Four members of the NCCFT executive committee attended the April 23 Alumni Honoree Dinner.

J. Sandler, NYSUT LRS discussed the following:

NCC Foundation FOIL case – the Foundation refused to divulge information to the NCCFT so a FOIL was filed.  The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department granted our appeal in the case we initiated against the NCC Foundation.  The Foundation is not an agency but inexplicably intertwined with the College.  Review is on a case to case basis and determined on its own merit.

May 2015

NCCFT The end-of-semester luncheon was May 5.

ED39 meeting May 29 – 30 in Troy, NY.

Acting President Saunders failed to recommend P&T’s recommendation of reclassification; case is going to BOT Personnel Committee via Acting President.

CBA – printed and emails went out for department representatives to pick up.

D. Smith was elected to the position of Vice President for Non-Classroom/Professional Faculty effective September 1, 2015.

June 2015

Faculty member won – was awarded reclassification on June 9, 2015.

NCCFT Committee Chairs luncheon was held June 16.

Joint letter (Academic Senate, NCCFT, Chairs) was sent to SUNY BOT re: Interim President at NCC; joint letter also sent to NCC BOT and to Newsday.

July/August 2015

AAO complaints continue- thus far, more than 20 have been filed.

Grievances – there are a number pending.

BOT meetings

  • Presidential Search
  • Maria Conzatti named “Officer in Charge” at August 19 BOT meeting

Food Pantry – the NESTatNCC has been finalized.  NCCFT remitted the money faculty had donated at the last two luncheons.   Volunteer workshop attended.

Meeting with Life Insurance Company.

Accounting firm visited to close out 14-15 fiscal year.

*The above highlighted activities represent a very small portion of the day-to-day activities that take place in the NCCFT office.  We remind all members to speak to their elected department representative for additional details.


 NCCFT Fall 2015 Calendar of Events

September 22, 2015:   NCCFT Executive Board Meeting             11:30 AM          G109

October 8, 2015:          NCCFT New Faculty Luncheon                11:30 AM          CCB 252

October 13, 2015:        NCCFT Executive Board Meeting             11:30 AM          G109

October 20, 2015:        NCCFT General Union Meeting               11:30 AM           CCB – MPR

November 17, 2015:     NCCFT Executive Board Meeting             11:30 AM          G109

December 8, 2015:       NCCFT End-of-Semester Luncheon        11:30 AM           CCB – MPR

December 15, 2015:     NCCFT Executive Board Meeting            11:30 AM           G109


 NCCFT Office Hours

 Monday               8-3

Tuesday              8-4

Wednesday        8-3

Thursday            8-4

Friday                  8-1

 Hours are subject to change, vacations and holidays.  Please call 2-7198 before coming over .




BOT Names Interim College President

Nassau Community College trustees Wednesday night agreed to appoint former Great Neck Superintendent Thomas P. Dolan to the post of interim president while they continue a more than three-year search for a permanent person to head the college.

“A superintendent is the equivalent of being a president, only on a different level,” NCC chairman Dr. Jorge Gardyn said after making the announcement at a special board meeting Wednesday night.

Trustees had considered three people, including Dolan, for the interim post.

Gardyn said he expected a permanent president would be in place at the college in four or five months. More than 70 people applied for that position through the search firm, including former acting president Kenneth Saunders, he said.

The resolution to appoint the interim president passed 7-1. Trustee Anthony Cornachio said he did not vote in favor of Dolan because other members of the board refused to make personnel changes within the administrative ranks of the college.

“He’s never been an administrator of any college,” Cornachio said Wednesday night.

Evelyn Deluty, chairwoman of the college’s Academic Senate, the largest group of faculty, students and staff at the school said she was hoping for someone with a background in leading a college.

“But we will do everything we can to work with him,” Deluty said.

Dolan, 58, became superintendent of the Great Neck public schools in July 2009. Teresa Prendergast became the new superintendent in Great Neck in July.

In announcing his retirement, Dolan was quoted in local news outlets as saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Attempts to reach Dolan Wednesday night were unsuccessful.

His appointment is pending approval by state university officials.

NCC, the largest single-campus community college in the State University of New York system, has been without a permanent president since the departure of Donald Astrab in July 2011. Former acting president Kenneth Saunders, a longtime administrator at the school, had been leading the college until recently. On Aug. 19, trustees named Maria Conzatti executive vice president the officer-in-charge after SUNY officials recommended setting a time limit on Saunders’ term as interim president.

The interim president is prohibited from applying for the permanent position.




Renee R. Chin                               Rachel Dioguardi                                Valerie Fasanello

Staci Ganson                                 Slavka Kleger                                     Jennifer Kohut

Dina Ledwith                                  Judith  Martin                                      Uzo Osuno

William Quattromani                      Carol Ann Schwally                             Kathleen Thelian


Sharon Abramson                       Richard Ashker                                    Cynthia Bayern

Kate Beckman                             Sammy Browne                                    Qiong-Ying Chen

Henry Ciapas                               Lemuel Coley                                       Kathleen Cramer

Lawrence Dell Aquila                   Susan Dooley                                       Donna Eilerman

Patricia Galvin                             Adam Haridopolos                                Barbara Horn

Alice Jones                                  James Kaspar                                       Allen Kupfer

Barbara Levy                               Edward Mack                                        Baruch May

George Miller                               Anne Marie Monaco                             Meta Plotnik

Catherine Ripley                          David Rosner                                       Mary Ann Ruane

Lawrence Salpeter                       Eric Schafler                                        John Spiegel

We wish you all a healthy and happy retirement

*George Bouchard – passed away August 12, 2015; we offer condolences to George’s family and friends.



Fall 2015

The NCCFT Executive Committee (NEC) wants to welcome the Classroom Faculty back to the Fall semester and thank the Non-Classroom/Professional Faculty for their support services all year.

There are many changes in the campus leadership as we enter the new academic year, including the NCCFT Executive Committee. We want to thank Dr. James Hoyt for his 15 years of dedicated service to the NEC and wish him the very best.  Replacing Jim as Vice-President, Non-Classroom/Professional Faculty is Dawn Smith. We are looking forward to her joining the team.  In addition, Prof. Donna Hope is returning from her sabbatical to her position as Secretary of the NEC which brings the Executive Committee to full strength and we welcome her back.

Some of the Administration’s changes to note include the hiring of Regina Cafarelli of Ingerman Smith LLP to replace Ann Muth as contract administrator.

Furthermore, the shift from:

“Dr. Kenneth Saunders, Acting President and Maria Conzatti, Executive VP” to “Maria Conzatti, Officer-in-Charge and Dr. Saunders, Executive VP”,  will  probably not produce many administrative decision changes, except stylistic. Meanwhile, the Board will continue the interviews for Interim President on the evening of September 2, 2015. We urge you to watch this process unfold as we work with the “new” administration while  the search continues for a permanent President.

Thus far, the search firm spent the Fall 2014 semester searching for candidates for Winter 2015 interviews. This process was designed to give the BOT time to choose and interview the finalists, and give any finalist the Spring 2015 semester to wrap up their previous employment and begin at Nassau prior to opening day on September 1, 2015.  This is also the ideal process for departments seeking new hires, rather than waiting until the last minute when many of the best candidates have found employment elsewhere. Now, the search firm is scrambling for new candidates to jump into the fray and submit their resumes by September 1, 2015. One has to wonder what candidates are looking to quit their jobs (if they are employed) immediately and become NCC President ASAP. Of course, they are still competing with Dr. Saunders, who remains a finalist. In addition, the Board thanked Trustee Mary Adams for serving on the board.  Trustee Adams was a County appointment and will be replaced by the County.

Speaking of searches, if you peruse the College website, there is an announcement for a new Academic Vice-President. The ASEC, Chairs and NCCFT have been asking for this position to be filled; however, this posting comes as a surprise as no announcement or committee has been formed.  The ASEC are reviewing this for further action.

This summer was indeed an active period on campus. The NEC met with the ASEC and the Chairs Executive Committee (CEC) in an effort to coordinate our actions with respect to the actions of the BOT and Administration and their ill-advised, disastrous resolutions on class size, developmental education and curriculum.  In addition, the Board passed a resolution in the Spring semester directing the display of identification badges for faculty, staff and vendors, while students must only be in possession of such identification. Please note, this resolution came from a recommendation from the non-Senate Campus Security Advisory Committee. It is imperative that faculty be vigilant in identifying and reporting the actions of “shadow governance” groups on campus. Finally, the number of cases being referred to the Affirmative Action Office continues to be a concern, as many of these cases are found to have no merit.

As we begin this new academic year, there are changes in the composition of the BOT, Administration, ASEC, CEC, NEC as well as a reduction in full-time faculty. We urge you to remain active, step up and join the various committees of the Senate, Chairs and NCCFT in order to maintain the academic and professional standards we have worked so hard to obtain.

In closing, the NCCFT Executive Committee wants to thank the new full-time retirees for their countless years of service that have made this institution the gem of Nassau County and wish them the very best.

In solidarity

NCCFT Executive Committee

August 19, 2015 BOT Meeting – “Officer in Charge” Appointed

From left: Nassau Community College trustees Kathy Weiss,

From left: Nassau Community College trustees Kathy Weiss, Jorge L. Gardyn, Arnold W. Drucker, Wanda Jackson and Donna Tuman, called a public meeting to order before the board adjourned to interview temporary presidential candidates in executive session on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Nassau Community College’s newly appointed officer-in-charge and its former acting president pledged Thursday to work together to move the school forward after college trustees voted on the personnel change late Wednesday.

The board plans to meet Sept. 2 to select an interim president — a choice that must be approved by the State University of New York trustees.

Maria Conzatti, who has been NCC’s acting executive vice president, was elevated to officer-in-charge by a 9-0 vote. Kenneth Saunders, who has led the 23,000-student college in Garden City as acting president and former officer-in-charge over the last three years, will return to his former position as executive vice president.

The change was a step toward new leadership for the largest single-campus community college in the state, which has not a permanent president since the July 2012 departure of Donald Astrab. NCC has conducted two failed presidential searches since then, and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has been concerned about the lengthy process.

Board chairman Jorge Gardyn announced Conzatti’s selection at 11 p.m. Wednesday after a four-hour executive session that included interviewing two candidates for interim president.

Gardyn said the board, at its next meeting, will interview two more candidates who were unavailable for Wednesday’s meeting. Trustees then most likely will forward a recommendation to the SUNY board, he said.

Conzatti’s temporary appointment “can carry us over,” Gardyn said. “This is basically so we can have continuity in the administration until such time as the interim [president] is chosen.”

Once an interim is selected, Conzatti is expected to return to her former post: vice president for academic student services.

Neither Conzatti nor whomever is named interim president would be eligible for the permanent president position, in accordance with SUNY guidelines, Gardyn said.

However, Saunders said he remains a candidate for college president. Gardyn said separately that Saunders’ acting president title does not preclude him from being a candidate for the president’s post.

SUNY trustees in June imposed a 60-day deadline on Saunders’ tenure as acting president, which ended at the conclusion of the NCC board meeting.

Gardyn praised Saunders for an “exemplary job under difficult conditions. He is to be congratulated for his efforts.”

Saunders, 58, and Conzatti, 48, both longtime administrators at the college, said in a joint phone interview Thursday that they are committed to working together.

Asked about the role reversal, Saunders said, “It just means that I’m still part of an incredible team and we will work as we have in the past, like the yin and yang . . . We have worked with one another for many years and that will continue to unfold.”

Conzatti said, “It’s really been seamless because we’ve worked closely all along. The kind of management style we both have, I think, is complementary. We’re here to move the institution forward, along with our administrative team.”

SUNY, in a statement Thursday, said: “Nassau Community College’s board of trustees is working diligently to move forward with the selection process and securing interim leadership. We . . . believe that this process will assist the college in securing permanent leadership so that all its many stakeholders can enjoy the benefits of long-term leadership and stability.”

By OLIVIA WINSLOW  olivia.winslow@newsday.com

NYSUT Night at the Ducks

The Nassau Regional Office has arranged a special event for NYSUT members, their families and friends: an evening of baseball and fun at Bethpage Ballpark, the home of our own Long Island Ducks. The Ducks have set aside a special discounted block of seats for NYSUT members for the August 23rd game against the Camden Riversharks. This flyer contains all the details. This could be a fun solidarity building event.  http://liducks.com/tickets/individual
LI Ducks
See you at the ballpark!

Special BOT Meeting – July 23, 2015

The links to the Special BOT meeting are below, Part I is approximately 31 minutes and Part II is approximately 10 minutes