Annual Delegates Meeting

Annual Delegates Meeting
The 2022 Delegates Meeting will be held Nov. 6-7.
Contact Us

(800) 348-7298, Ext. 4785
convdel@nystrs.org

We look forward to seeing NYSTRS delegates at the Annual Delegates Meeting, to be held Sunday, Nov. 6 – Monday, Nov. 7 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The agenda includes our traditional full slate of educational presentations about NYSTRS' benefits and our strength as a pension system, our popular Delegate-Board/Staff Discussion, and the election of a Teacher Board Member. Juliet C. Benaquisto, a teacher in the Schenectady City School District, is the incumbent up for re-election this year to serve the 2023-2026 term.

Please note the following meeting materials and information:

  • Agenda
  • Hotel Room Blocks
  • Parking Information
  • Rules of Procedure for the Teacher Trustee Election
  • While we can field questions raised during the meeting's Delegate-Board/Staff Discussion, we encourage you to submit your questions in advance to ensure we can provide you and other delegates with the most comprehensive researched answers during this segment. Send your questions to us at convdel@nystrs.org by Oct. 14.
  • Advance registration is required for the event. Watch your inbox in mid-October for the link to register.

In case circumstances prevent you from attending in person, we are planning this as a hybrid event. Those attending virtually will have access to all the same sessions as those who join us in Saratoga.

In the coming weeks, we will provide more information about the meeting, including information about registering for the event.

Teacher Trustee Election

As noted above, Ms. Benaquisto is automatically on the ballot as the incumbent for the election of the teacher trustee on NYSTRS’ Board. Nominations for other teacher Board member candidates will be accepted through close of business on Oct. 14, 2022. Nominations must be made using the nominating petition. Only forms completed in full and submitted electronically will be accepted. Nominations will not be accepted after Oct. 14 and cannot be made on the day of the election. It is NOT necessary to submit a nomination form for Ms. Benaquisto as her name will automatically appear on the ballot.

Emails to Delegates

To date, NYSTRS sent the following meeting-related emails to delegates at their school email address. If you are a delegate and did not receive these emails, please check your spam folder. If the emails are not in your spam folder, contact your IT department to ask that they whitelist emails from convdel@nystrs.org as they are official NYSTRS business emails that you require for your delegate responsibilities. If you still experience difficulty, contact us at convdel@nystrs.org or (518) 447-4785.

We appreciate you serving as a delegate and being a liaison with NYSTRS members in your district. We routinely email you pertinent information to assist you in your role as a delegate. We also send you educational information we hope you share with your colleagues to keep them informed about NYSTRS.

Our primary means of reaching you is your school email address. Look for emails from us with the sender name "Convention Delegate" and convdel@nystrs.org address. We send Delegates Meeting information, Delegate News, and monthly NYSTRS News emails to educate you on the System and to provide retirement planning information. If you do not receive our emails, check your spam folder or contact your IT department and ask them to whitelist emails from convdel@nystrs.org.

Be sure your employer reported you as a NYSTRS delegate. Check our list of 2021-2023 Delegates (those serving from Aug. 1, 2021 – July 31, 2023) to confirm your employer reported you as an elected delegate.

During the current special mid-term election, employers must hold any necessary elections by Oct. 1 and report delegate election results via the online Employer Secure Area by the deadline of Oct. 6. Learn more about election timelines and responsibilities on the Electing Delegates page.

Nearly 600 delegates participated in NYSTRS' 2021 Annual Delegates Meeting held virtually on Friday, Oct. 29. They voted to elect Bayport-Blue Point teacher Eric J. Iberger and Schenectady teacher Juliet C. Benaquisto to the NYSTRS Board of Trustees. The meeting also featured educational presentations and the Delegate-Board/Staff discussion.

Following are videos and slides from the presentations and sessions conducted at the Delegates Meeting.

The NYSTRS Year in Review and the Long-Term Stability of the System: In this presentation, we updated delegates on our customer service initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, explained how recently passed NYS legislation may impact our membership, reviewed the new features we have introduced to our online portals for members and employers and explored the System’s continued financial strength and stability, commemorated the System’s 100th anniversary and shared the sentiments members have shared with us during our centennial celebration. (Download presentation slides)

Delegate-Board/Staff Discussion: NYSTRS Board members and staff answered a wide range of questions submitted by delegates prior to the 2021 Delegates Meeting.

Election of Teacher Board Members: Votes were cast and teachers Eric J. Iberger and Juliet C. Benaquisto were elected to NYSTRS’ 10-member Board.

MyNYSTRS: Access to Your NYSTRS Information and Convenience At Your Fingertips: This session highlighted the many advantages of having a secure online MyNYSTRS account. We covered each of the self-service features available to members, including the new enhancements we have made which provide additional convenience. (Download presentation slides; there is no video companion)

Social Security Overview: What You Need to Know: In this presentation, we reviewed important things to know about Social Security benefits. Topics included eligibility, spousal benefits, knowing how your benefit is calculated and understanding how to collect. (Download presentation slides)

Supplemental Meeting Material:

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