Christine Pellegrino, a veteran reading teacher in Baldwin, is running in a special election in the Ninth Assembly District to fill the vacancy created when Joseph Saladino was elected Supervisor of Oyster Bay.
For the past couple of years, NYSUT and the AFT have been pushing for teachers to run for office – from Boards of Ed, to town councils, etc, and Ms. Pellegrino is one of the most high-profile examples of this. Running as a Democrat in a very Republican skewing district, she is a longshot. But with enough support, a victory is definitely possible. And of course, this is not just about political party – it’s about protecting public education. Think back just to 2015, when the “Heavy-hearted” Democrats in the Assembly sold out public schools, and it’s clear to see the tremendous benefit of having an actual educator in that body.
The election is May 23, and it is very likely that we will be calling on you in the next few weeks to help in getting her elected.