Annual Delegates Meeting

Annual Delegates Meeting
The 2019 meeting will be held Sunday and Monday, Nov. 3-4, in Saratoga Springs.
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Gross Re-elected to Board

Delegates attending NYSTRS' 2018 Annual Meeting of Delegates unanimously re-elected William Floyd School District teacher Ron Gross to a new three-year term on the NYSTRS Board of Trustees. More than 500 delegates from across the state also attended numerous pension-related workshops during the Nov. 4-5 meeting in Saratoga Springs.

Gross, who is president of William Floyd United Teachers and has taught social studies in his district for 30 years, was first elected to the Board last year to fill the unexpired term of Timothy Southerton, who retired from teaching in June 2017. Gross’s new term runs through January 2022.

"It is really quite an honor and humbling at the same time to serve as your trustee," Gross told those in attendance following his election. Gross also urged delegates to bring back to their districts the information they learned at the Annual Meeting.

The 10-member Board includes three active teachers and one retired teacher. Board members serve without compensation and represent various constituents, including school administrators and school boards. They are responsible as fiduciaries to protect the long-term value of the System’s investment portfolio for its more than 430,000 active and retired members and beneficiaries.

In addition to the election, several informational breakout sessions were held, as well as a question-and-answer period with the NYSTRS Board and staff.

Breakout Sessions

Delegates and visitors to the 2018 Delegates Meeting had the opportunity to attend various educational breakout sessions. Following are the presentations from each:

Graphic Recordings

New at this year’s meeting was the use of graphic recording to visually capture key points of the various presentations. Links to each of the artist renderings follow. We encourage you to share them with co-workers.

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In what may have been a first since the System’s origin in 1921, delegates attending the Annual Meeting of NYSTRS Delegates in Saratoga Springs Nov. 5-6, 2017 filled all three teacher member Board seats. Teacher Board members serve staggered three-year terms so typically only one teacher member is elected each year.

Paul J. Farfaglia was unanimously re-elected to his position on the Board, and Sheila Buck of Rush-Henrietta Central Schools and Ronald Gross of William Floyd Union Free Schools were elected to their first terms as trustees. Farfaglia will be serving his fourth consecutive term. Buck replaces Jolene T. DiBrango, who resigned from the Board to focus on her new position as executive vice president of NYSUT, the bargaining unit for New York teachers. Gross replaces Timothy Southerton, who retired from teaching in June 2017.

As per statute, the 10-member Board includes three active teachers and one retired teacher. The current retired teacher member is David P. Keefe, who began serving as Board president in 2016.

NYSTRS Board members serve without compensation and represent various constituents, including school administrators and school boards. They are responsible as fiduciaries to protect the long-term value of the System's investment portfolio, providing benefit security for its more than 428,000 active and retired members.

In addition to the election, several informational breakout sessions were held, as well as a question-and-answer period with the NYSTRS Board and staff. Following are the presentations given at the meeting:

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