We told you earlier of this week of the war brewing inside of NYSUT between NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi and Executive Vice-President Andy Pallotta, who is believed to be backed by UFT President Michael Mulgrew. This morning we have a few more layers of intrigue to add. In response to things posted on the Revive NYSUT Facebook page (and subsequently removed), Iannuzzi was quoted on the Revive NYSUT Slate Lies page (Yes, there is a “Revive NYSUT” and a “Revive NYSUT Slate Lies”).
Via Revive NYSUT Lies…
BREAKING: Dick Iannuzzi responds to lies posted on Revive NYSUT
Carla McLaud, at large nysut director, called Dick directly to seek the truth regarding the NYSUT table at Cuomo’s fundraiser. Dick asked to be quoted on the misinformation being posted on Revive NYSUT.
“This is a lie. Either the writer or his source is lying. Andy authorized the table without consultation with the officers or the approval of the V/C committee. In fact, as of Friday, a request still has not been forwarded to the V/C Committee. For this reason I have frozen all contributions over $5000 to statewide parties or candidates without prior approval. This lack of judgment is why officers that provide a variety of views and insights (not 4 hand picked by one officer) is the checks and balance needed at NYSUT. This is not micro-managing, it’s good common sense. Had this come to the five officers, I am confident Maria, Lee, Kathleen and I would have opposed a $10000 contribution to Cuomo’s reelection fund.”
Richard Iannuzzi, NYSUT President
In addition we came across the memo below, distrbuted by Pallotta. A memo with plans that Iannuzzi apparently didn’t have knowledge of…
TO: NYSUT Board of Directors
FROM: Andy Pallotta, Executive Vice President
DATE: January 15, 2014
RE: NYSUT’s Legislative Reception
On Monday evening, January 27, 2014, NYSUT will host a Legislative Reception and briefing in the Observation Deck of the Erastus Corning Tower at the Empire State Plaza. The reception will be held between6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
The Governor and his executive staff, members and the executive staff of the Senate and Assembly will be our invited guests.
Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.
A copy of the invitation is attached. If you are interested and your schedule allows, please RSVP to Karen Rhatigan at (518) 213-6000 x6626 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday evening PJSTA President Beth Dimino delivered the following message to the members of the PJSTA…
For the record, the PJSTA will NOT endorse a slate of NYSUT Officers, led by Andy Pallotta, that endorse and use our vote cope money to pad Cuomo’s war chest! The PJSTA is leading the charge against this heinous act and will support individuals that oppose Pallotta and Cuomo!Beth Dimino, President PJSTA