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, are continuing our efforts to increase opportunities for our members for more social and cultural engagements. We are planning to hold several “Garden Walks” in the exquisite Mid-Hudson Region in order to view some of the multiple displays of our region.  Additionally, there are planned “group walks” in our 5 counties; a visit to Olana, which has been undergoing major renovations for the public’s enjoyment.  There is a bus trip to Saratoga for a day planned for this summer as well as a potential trip to an art gallery. In October, just in time for our area’s beautiful foilage, we are going to offer a Hudson River Fall River Cruise on the “Rip Van Winkle.”  In addition, there will be monthly ‘Meet & Eat” restaurant events throughout our region and we are currently planning to have an event in one of the five counties nearly every month.

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

Fall Foliage Cruise -TRIP CLOSED

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The Rip Van Winkle will take us for a scenic 90 minute cruise of the Hudson at the peak of Fall Foliage.

We will board October 22 at 2:00

Hudson River Cruises dock, 40 Rondout Landing, Kingston

Saratoga Bus Trip

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Come join us for a fun filled day at Saratoga Springs. Choose to spend the entire day enjoying shopping and dining in town with so many unique shops and restuarants or choose to to spend the morning shopping and the afternoon at the Saratoga Casino!



250th Anniversary of the Shakers in America

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RC #13 Celebrates 250th Anniversary of the Shakers in America

Hancock Shaker Village celebrates the many contributions of leader Ann Lee and her followers. Exhibits throughout the village honor Mother Ann, the Shaker Sisters who lived in Hancock, and the many women who have brought the Shaker story to life.


Innisfree Gardens

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Come join us for a walk through the beautiful Innisfree Gardens in Millbrook! See the magnificent cup gardens that interconnect the various landscapes that intertwine the cultivated and the natural wooded wilderness. Walk across a meadow, beside a stream, lake and bog to get a glimpse of nature’s wonders.


Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

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Come join us for a self guided tour of the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum on Friday, May 10th at 1:00pm.  Come immerse yourself in the history of the Roosevelts and the impact they continue to have on our contemporary life.  

MahJongg Returns to MHRO at 201 Stockade Dr. in Kingston

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**See Calendar for dates***

John Mannion for Congress! Help Us Elect a NYSUT member to Congress!

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From January through June of 2024, the Mid-Hudson Region Office (MHRO) will lend our efforts to help John Mannion win the Congressional Primary in Central New York.

One of the ways we will help is with a door knocking day in his region! We will take a bus from the MHRO together and go door knocking for the day!

Help us get a NYSUT member in Congress!

2024-2025 Retiree Council 13 Professional Grant Application

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The 2024-2025 Retiree Council 13 Professional Grant Application for Teachers and School Related Professionals is now available!

Click link for application for Professional Grant.

NYSUT Releases analysis of Governor Hochul's Exec Budget:  Broken Promises

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New York State United Teachers, representing educators across the entire state, released numbers today showing that the governor’s plan to cut Foundation Aid would negatively impact every one of New York’s nearly 700 districts.

NYSUT Wrapped 2023: The Year in Review

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As we look back on 2023, there’s a lot to be proud of as NYSUT members.

Fix Tier SIX! What is this About?

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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.



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.

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
Innisfree Garden and Walk Read More
MahJongg Returns to MHRO Read More
(DEADLINE) Visit to Shaker Village Read More
Visit to Shaker Village Read More
(DEADLINE) Bus Trip to Saratoga Springs Read More
MahJongg Returns to MHRO Read More
MahJongg Returns to MHRO Read More
RC #13 Board of Directors Meeting - IN PERSON - 10:15AM Read More
MahJongg Returns to MHRO Read More
New Retiree Reception Read More
Bus Trip to Saratoga Springs Read More
MahJongg Returns to MHRO Read More
ED 51-53 Meeting Read More
RC #13 Director's meeting 10:15 A.M. Read More
RC13-NYSUT Fall Conference Read More
FALL FOLIAGE CRUISE aboard the Rip VanWinkle- TRIP CLOSED Read More