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Retiree Council 10 has lost a valuable member of our ranks. Ernie Reis passed away on September 8, 2016, at the age of 71. Ernie served as Editor of our award winning newsletter, Skyline News, and as Webmaster of the companion internet site. He has been an ambassador and Alternate Delegate from RC 10 to the NYSUT Representative Assembly. In June, he was honored for his work with RC 10 at our Spring Scholarship Luncheon, with the Rensselaer County scholarship being awarded in his honor.

In the 1960’s Ernie served in the Air Force as a weatherman and spent some time in Turkey. He then went to


Come welcome our new teacher and SRP retirees at the fall luncheon which will be held on October 6 at Longfellows, 500 Union Avenue, Saratoga. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Don Levy, director of the prestigious Siena College Political Research Institute. His presentation will include state and national polling trends, the status of the political candidates, and other relevant topics relating to this important and exciting Presidential election. This event will be of great interest to all. DON’T MISS IT!!! The noon luncheon will be preceded by a business meeting at 11:30 a.m. The choices for


Come join Retiree Council 10 Board of Directors On November 15th at NYSUT Headquarters, 800 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham. Lunch will begin at 11:45 at a cost of $5.

David Keefe, President of the Board of the New York State Teachers Retirement System, will be a special guest of RC 10. Mr. Keefe is the retired teacher representative on the Board, elected to his position by NYSTRS retirees. He became president of the Board in Juy 2016. He chairs the Executive and Retired Members committees and serves on the Compensation, Disability Review, Ethics and Investment Committees.

Mr. Keefe spent 37 years

On Saturday, October 29, from 8 am to 2 pm, a Pre-Retirement Seminar will be held at NYSUT Headquarters for active teachers and SRPs within Election District 10. The seminar will be hosted as a collaborative effort by Election District 10 and Retiree Council 10. Representatives from the New York State Teachers' Retirement System; the New York State Employees Retirement System; NYSUT Member Benefits; and Feldman, Kramer & Monaco, P.C., speaking on legal considerations, will present pertinent information to future retirees. The latest changes to Social Security benefits will also be presented

(1 Sep 2016) The New York State Alliance for Retired Americans will hold a special presentation on Monday, September 19 at 9:30 am at the William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie) at 629 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie.

Paul Cole, executive director of the American Labor Studies Center and secretary-treasurer emeritus of the 2.3 million members NYS AFL-CIO,, will discuss "The Decline of the Middle Class: How and Why it Happened and What to do About it." He will explore the fundamental shifts that have occurred in America that have transformed the US economy from stakeholder capitalism benefiting


The 100th Anniversary Celebration of the American Federation of Teachers was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from July 17-21, 2016.

In 1916 the American Federation of Teachers was formed, when eight local unions came together in Chicago and applied for a charter from the AFL. Now membership is at its highest point ever, with more than 1.62 million members and the largest number of affiliates at 3,450, and we continue the fight against multipronged and well-funded efforts to destroy America’s labor movement and all that unions have built and stood for.

In 2012, convention delegates approved a


New York State Constitutional Convention

(15 Aug 2015) When our Founding Fathers convened the second constitutional convention it was to improve the dysfunctional Articles of Confederation. Every twenty years New York holds a constitutional convention, and some believe it will be anything close to an exercise that improves the wellbeing of New Yorkers, in particular – retirees. Linked to this short introduction is a short piece titled – Pandora’s Box – Get the Facts about a Constitutional Convention.



(In above photo from left: RC 10 honoree Dennis Bouchard from Saratoga County; Saratoga scholarship winner Maja De Garay from Saratoga County-Saratoga Springs High School; Diane Grego RC 10 honoree from Albany County;  Albany County student scholarship winner Madeline Reilly from Coeymans-Selkirk High School; Barbara McCarthy, RC 10 honoree from Washington County; and Jeanne Bush, Scholarship Committee Chair. Rensselaer County Honoree Ernie Reis and scholarship winners Mackenzie Aldous (Washington County, Granville Jr./Sr. High School) and Alexandra Stuto (Rensseler County, Maple Hill High



RC 10 will hold another Joy Bear Workshop on Wednesday,October 26 from 10 am to 12 noon at NYSUT on Route 7 in Latham. Joy Bears are decorated
teddy bears that are given to cancer patients to provide comfort as they undergo chemo treatment. It is the hope of the project to get dozens of bears
decorated and delivered to cancer patients. This project only asks you for your time. All materials are provided free of cost. You do not need to be a long time craft person to make a Joy Bear. If you have craft supplies (thread, lace, ribbon) that you would like to donate, please bring them with you. New



NOVEMBER 15, LUNCH AT NYSUT HEADQUARTERS. Come join Retiree Council 10 Board of Directors for a $5 lunch at 800 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham. David Keefe, President of the Board of the New York State Teachers Retirement System, will be a special guest of RC 10. He is the Retired Teacher member who was elected by the retirees of the New York State Teachers Retirement System in 2004. David will discuss the health and future of the Retirement