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BY DEB ESCOBAR, 23 January 2020

Postmaster General Megan Brennan is leaving, and the Trump administration might now get their chance to appoint a pro-privatization replacement. We must not allow this to happen.

The US Postal Service is critical for all Americans, especially seniors. We cannot allow investors to come in and gut it for a profit. We have seen what happens when hedgefund investors privatize schools. Their bottom line is profit, not the welfare of those they serve. Privatization would also crush unionization of postal employees.

House Resolution 33 would fight privatizing the Postal



BY DEB ESCOBAR 23 January 2020

January 1 was the 80th anniversary of the first Social Security payments. Since that time, Social Security has become a crucial lynchpin in the retirement income for a majority of Americans. 64 million receive Social Security, and the payments lift at least 22 million of them out of poverty. This means that the program is crucial to the health and welfare of many of our citizens.

During a January 22 interview with CNBC while he was in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, President Trump hinted that he would reform Social Security and Medicare during

DECEMBER 9, 2020 by Joe Sano, 1st Vice President
Many Retiree Council 10 members have found fulfillment and joy by volunteering their time in many community service endeavors. RC 10 invites you to share your experience and hopefully encourage others who so desire to join a volunteer activity. While these COVID times may have restricted the hours spent in the service of others, we want to compile these opportunities in preparation for better times and fewer restrictions. Your name and contact information will not be posted unless you are named as the contact person.
The list will be compiled

RC 10 is pleased to announce a $1,000 scholarship award for 2022 public high school graduating seniors pursuing a degree in education at either a two-year college transfer program or a four-year college. This scholarship award will be given to one qualified student from each of the four counties represented by RC 10 (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington). Funds are paid at the end of the first semester of freshman year of college. Upon receipt of a successful fall semester transcript by March 15, 2023, funds will be issued directly to the scholarship recipient. 

Each student will



Friday, April 29, 11 am to 12:30 pm, The Gilded Age in Troy – walking touR. Follow in the footsteps of the popular HBO series as we explore the many buildings and streets in the historic district that were used in filming Season One of The Gilded Age. Behind the scenes stories will be shared as we look at the grand buildings and streetscapes that became the backdrop for this series set in 1882. Season Two will be filming in June - get a sneak peek into possible locations!!  This tour will be led by Kathy Sheehan, Troy Historian. We will meet at the Hart-Cluett Mansion, 57 2nd Street, Troy



DECEMBER 2020, By Laraine Gillette, RC 10 Secretary

Since there was no general membership meeting in the spring, the membership had no opportunity to vote for the officers and delegates for 2020-2023. Following guidelines from NYSUT, the Board of Directors acted on the uncontested officer and delegate positions.

At the June 16, 2020, Board of Directors meeting, Sean O’Neill moved to have the secretary cast one vote for the following officers and delegates: PRESIDENT, Barbara McCarthy; FIRST VICE PRESIDENT, Joe Sano; SECOND VICE PRESIDENT, Ann Cherney; SECRETARY, Laraine Gillette; NYSUT


From July 2020 through February 2021, RC 10 members donated a total of $13,619 to the BackPack Program supporting over 40 schools and approximately 3,100 students. Thank you for your help. A donation of any amount is appreciated.

Looking forward to spring and summer, students will continue to need our help to ensure healthy food is available to them. Betsy Dickson, Director of Children’s Programs at the Regional Food Bank discusses the Regional Food Bank’s Summer BackPack Program below:

“As we start to look toward the end of the 2020-21 school year, the Food Bank is now planning our second


It is the custom of RC 10 to acknowledge the winners of the annual scholarships we award at our June dinner meeting.  Unfortunately, for the last two years we have been unable to meet in person and therefore were not able to honor these recipients in the usual manner.  Please read below a short introduction to each of our winners from 2021 which would have been shared at the dinner.

The winner from Albany County this year is Julia Harvey.  She attends Bethlehem High School where she maintains a 97 GPA.  Julia participates in a variety of activities in school including Varsity Basketball

The total of donations by RC 10 members to the Backpack Food Program in 2019-2020  was $12,984. From July 1 to November 30, 2020 the total of onations from our members was $9,844. The need, however, continues. The 2020-21 school year will be like no other! All families have been impacted by COVID 19 and many school programs are in need of community assistance.
As part of RC 10’s ongoing commitment to Social Justice, our Council will continue to participate in the Regional Foodbank’s Backpack Program. RC 10 has supported the program for two years. The program meets the needs of hungry



TOTAL: $9,844




The holidays will be especially difficult this year. Our goal is to have every RC 10 district receive support during the holiday season.

Please consider making a donation – any amount is helpful!

To Donate:

Make checks payable to: The Regional Food Bank

In the memo section write: RC10 Backpack Program / Name of school

Mail donations to: Mary Ellen Caporta, 6 W. Bayberry Rd., Glenmont, NY 12077

Questions?? Contact Mary Ellen at


RC 10 President Barb McCarthy at