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Starting July 1, a new state law requires all permanently or professionally certified teachers and Level III teaching assistants working in public schools or BOCES to register online with the State Education Department. All certified teaching professionals, including retirees, should become familiar with the new ruling and take steps to retain certifications.

Visit the NYSUT website to read about the new law and how it will affect you.


NYSUT sent out a notice earlier this year regarding the NYSHIP dependent eligibilty audit. The audit was directed strictly to those members with family Empire Plan coverage and who obtain their health coverage through school districts of local governements.

April 15, 2016, was the deadline for participants to submit verifying dependent information to the plan for the purpose of coverage. It was reported yesterday that as of 04/14/16, 26,000 Empire Plan participants had not submitted their dependent verification information. If this information is not submitted, dependents will be removed from


"The National Prescription Drugs Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for the abuse of medications."

Several collection sites have been established on Long Island for Saturday, April 30th, from 10 am to 2 pm:

Suffolk County:
Setauket Fire House, 190 Main Street, East Setauket
Peconic Bay Medical Center, 1300 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead
Northport Police Department, 224 Main Street, Northport
DEA NY Division, Northport VA Hospital, 79 Middletown Road, Northport

Nassau County


Mark your calendars for these pcoming events for the Elwood Retired Teachers Alliance, Kings Park Retired Teachers Association, Three Village Schools Retirees and Retired - United Teachers of Northport.

Elwood Retired Teachers Alliance upcoming events:

April 14, 2016  Breakfast meeting at the Candlelight Diner in Commack at 9:00 am

May 12, 2016  Breakfast meeting at the Candlelight Diner in Commack at 9:00 am

June 15, 2016  ERTA Annual June Luncheon at the Garden Grill in Smithtown from 12 – 3 pm

Kings Park Retired Teachers Assn. upcoming events:

April 12, 2016  Happy Hour at Napper Tandys beginning


Retiree Council 23 Spring Luncheon

Monday, June 6 at the Three Village Inn, Stony Brook from Noon to 3 PM
Featured will be NYSUT Vice President Paul Pectoral speaking on the "Impact of a Constitutional Convention" and the presentation of the NYSUT Community Service Award.

$33 Per Person
RSVP by May 25 to Joyce Duck, 6 Lily Pond Avenue, Eastport, NY 11941

Download Luncheon Flyer