Annual Delegates Meeting

Annual Delegates Meeting
The 2018 meeting will be held Sunday and Monday, Nov. 4-5, in Saratoga Springs.
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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:

At the 2017 Delegates Meeting we announced plans to redesign the active member Benefit Profile. This comprehensive personalized statement, updated each fall, provides a summary of membership status and estimates of future benefits. It is a key retirement planning tool.

We’d like your feedback on the proposed redesign. Click on the first bullet below to review a sample of the redesigned document, then click on the second bullet to complete a short survey.

Thank you for your feedback!

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Jolene T. DiBrango, a teacher from Pittsford Central Schools, was unanimously re-elected to the Retirement Board at the Annual Meeting of NYSTRS Delegates held Nov. 6-7 in Saratoga Springs.

A strong supporter of defined benefit pension plans and a staunch defender of retiring with dignity, DiBrango was first elected to the Board in 2014. She serves on the Board’s Disability Review Committee. She was elected president of the Pittsford District Teachers Association in 2011. She has participated in NYSUT leadership programs and served on NYSUT's Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) and Leadership Institute work groups. DiBrango also was elected secretary of the Monroe County Federation of Teachers in 2013, followed by vice president in 2014, serving a one-year term in the latter position.

There are three teacher members on the 10-member Board, the others being Paul J. Farfaglia of Jordan-Elbridge and Timothy M. Southerton of Sayville. Board President David P. Keefe of Hempstead is the retired teacher representative.

NYSTRS Board members serve without compensation and represent various constituents, including active and retired members, 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 427,000 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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