April 16, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
New York, NY – The New York State United Teachers elected Andrew Pallotta president at its convention in New York City Apr. 8, succeeding Karen Magee, who did not seek re-election.
Pallotta, who was the union’s executive vice president and was an elementary-school teacher in the Bronx for 22 years, is NYSUT’s first head to come from New York City. He told Chalkbeat that he intended to continue the union’s support for parents opting out of having their children take standardized tests, but predicted that it would have a better relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The rhetoric has definitely been toned down,” he said. The union’s other priorities, he said, include fighting federal Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s school-privatization agenda and preventing cuts in state aid to education. NYSUT also elected Jolene T. DiBrango, a sixth-grade teacher from Pittsford, as executive vice president, and J. Philippe Abraham, chief negotiator for United University Professions, as first vice president. It re-elected Paul Pecorale, a teacher from Patchogue-Medford on Long Island, as second vice president, and Martin Messner, a teacher from Schoharie, as secretary-treasurer. Read more