Message from the President

Welcome to The Retiree Council #13’s, the website for retired teachers and school related professionals in the Mid-Hudson region.

Please take the time to check it out and you will find important links to NYSUT resources and services you can access as a retiree along with information and activities specific to Retiree Council #13 and the Mid-Hudson region(calendar of events, photo gallery, activities, etc.)

I am confident that after viewing the website, besides reading the valuable information provided, you will see that RC #13 has much to offer to you as a member.  The information will help you in keeping you up to date on the latest happenings involving our Union, informing you of opportunities to engage socially with others and how to take part in NYSUT’s political action activities.

This year, we the Board of Directors, in its attempt to increase opportunities for social and cultural engagement, is highlighting “Art in The Hudson Valley.”  Each month, beginning in May and culminating in October with a Fall River Cruise, we have scheduled a visit to a venue in each of the 5 counties of the Mid-Hudson.  The agenda includes The Thomas Cole Historical Site, Maritime Museum and Solaris Boat Trip, a tour of the Culinary Institute, Bethel Woods Museum, and Art Omni/Lindenwald.  We will continue to provide group “walks” around the region and look to schedule “Meet and Eat” opportunities as well.

We continue to provide free monthly “Medicare Minutes’ programming to help you better understand and make the most of your Medicare benefits.  Other informative webinars will be made available to you as soon as we are provided the information.

To stay better informed, I urge you to take a few minutes each week and check out your RC #13 website so that you don’t miss out on any opportunities for engagement with peers or to stay abreast of what is happening in NYSUT world.

If you haven’t already, please fill out the Voluntary Membership Participation form and get it to us.

Together, we will continue to enhance all aspects of our retiree council.


Patrick McCarthy

RC #13 President

News & Updates

Fix Tier 6!

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WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?   It’s been over a decade since Tier 6 was added to the New York state pension system. Since then, over 100,000 NYSUT members earn a significantly reduced pension as compared to earlier tiers. Click to read FLYER!



NYSUT Statement in response to the rise in antisemitism and other overt acts of hate in schools

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NYSUT President Melinda Person released the following statement in response to the surge in hate incidents on school campuses.

“The rise in antisemitism and other overt acts of hate in schools and on college campuses is deeply disturbing and utterly indefensible. School grounds are supposed to be places where people from all backgrounds, faiths and beliefs feel safe and welcome. Such expressions of hatred violate core American values of inclusivity and respect and are unacceptable everywhere.”


New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with nearly 700,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

2023-2024 Retiree Council #13 Professional Grant Recipients

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We are pleased to announce the Retiree Council #13 Professional Grant Recipients:

Congratulations to Patricia Ruggles, Matt Haynes, and Jason Clark!


NYSUT Social Justice Academy graduates first cohort

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Scores of NYSUT members took part in the union’s first ever Social Justice Academy in late July. 

Medicare Minute for NYSUT Members

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Medicare Minute for NYSUT Members

Join the Medicare Rights Center's free monthly Medicare Minute presentations for NYSUT members. Each month’s Medicare Minute will help you learn more about your benefits and make the most of your Medicare coverage.


It Doesn’t Add Up: Two math teachers criticize Tier 6

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Anna Rossi and her daughter, Michelle Rossi have a lot in common.They both teach math at Oneonta High School in classrooms right across the hall from one another. But despite their identical careers, their retirement plans bear almost no resemblance to one another.


NYSUT making big push to expand community schools

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Stressed brains can’t learn.

That simple phrase was the “Aha!” moment a few years ago for Albany Public Schools Teachers Association President Laura Franz when she attended a presentation on the power of community schools.

Mid-Hudson BRIDGES

 Mid-Hudson BRIDGES is a publication of NYSUT RC 13.
Calendar Events | Upcoming
RC #13 Board of Directors Meeting -ZOOM- 10:15AM Read More
CANCELLED Mahjong- Read More
NYSUT: 2023 Medicare Minute... Part D Appeals Read More