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Tony McCann honored for 50 years of union activism

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nionists stepped up in a big way when Retiree Council 10 decided to honor longtime activist Tony McCann with a NYSUT Legacy Fund award. Donations flowed in across the labor community, from individual RC 10 members to the Shenendehowa Teachers Association to the Troy Area Labor Council. Everyone who’d worked with McCann, learned from McCann or taught with McCann chipped in to honor the respected unionist and former longtime STA president and NYSUT Board member.

More than $2,500 — the largest NYSUT Legacy Fund donation ever — was collected in honor of the union stalwart. “Tony recognized everyone’s individual strengths and tried to promote them,” said Barbara McCarthy, RC 10 president. “His guidance and mentorship for nearly 50 years meant so much to so many.”

NYSUT Second Vice President Ron Gross presented McCann with the Legacy Fund Award at RC 10’s October meeting at headquarters where many admirers shared stories about his impact. “Tony McCann epitomizes the kind of member we had in mind when we created the NYSUT Legacy Fund,” said Gross. “His many years of dedicated service are an inspiration to us all.”

To honor an in-service or retiree activist from your area, visit nysut.org/legacyfund.

Ron Gross, Tony McCann, and Barbara McCarthy standing side by side while Ron holds award


From left, NYSUT Second Vice President Ron Gross, NYSUT Legacy Award honoree Tony McCann and Retiree Council 10 President Barbara McCarthy.
Ray Pitcher, Kathy Lyman and Bruce Bennett holding donations that need to be unloaded


From left, RC 12 members Ray Pitcher, Kathy Lyman and Bruce Bennett load donations for the Cpl. Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at Syracuse Hancock International Airport. The retirees collected donations for the military hospitality suite at their fall general membership meeting. The group also raised and donated $250, through a 50-50 raffle, to the Michael Mayne Cookie Corps, which stocks the courtesy room.
Veronica O’Connor and Florence McCue smiling and holding a special proclamation


From left, RC 15/16 President Veronica O’Connor presents a special proclamation to Florence McCue. New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins issued the proclamation declaring Oct. 11 Florence McCue Day throughout New York state at the RC 14, 15/16 Regional Conference. McCue is NYSUT’s ED 51–53 at-large director representing more than 230,000 NYSUT retirees in New York state and Florida.


RC 10 | May 9 • Ruth Shippee: Ruth.Shippee@nysut.org
Christ the King Center, Greenwich, N.Y.

RC 12 | May 16 • Sheryl Baker Delano: Sheryl.Delano@nysut.org
Terrace at the Waters Edge, Glenville, N.Y.

RC 43 | May 20 • Miriam Hanan: Miriam.Hanan@nysut.org
The Florida Hotel Conference Center, Orlando, Fla.

RC 1/2/3/44 | May 21 • Janet Goddard: Janet.Goddard@nysut.org
Buffalo Marriot Niagara, Amherst, N.Y.

RC 9 | May 23 • Ruth Shippee: Ruth.Shippee@nysut.org
Watertown Elks #496, Watertown, N.Y.


NYSUT Retiree Services consultants are resources for retired members, retiree councils and in-service locals on NYSUT retiree matters.

Janet Goddard, RC 1, 2, 3, 44

Louise Ortman, RC 4, 46

Peter Randazzo, RC 5, 6

Anne Marie Voutsinas, RC 7, 8

Ruth Shippee, RC 9, 10

Mark Padgett, RC 11, 45

Sheryl Baker Delano, RC 12, 13

Lynn O’Donnell, RC 14, 15/16

Claire Zatorski, RC 17, 18, 19

James Kinnier, RC 20, 21, 22, 23

Miriam Hanan, RC 43