NYSTRS Annual delegate REPORT/LINKS
NYSTRS’ 2023 Delegates Meeting was held Nov. 5-6 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Great Neck representatives Frank Bua, Patti Crisafulli, Luci Legotti and Jen Snyder were joined by more than 600 delegates from across the state participated in the meeting, which featured educational presentations about NYSTRS' benefits and the strength and stability of the pension system.
Following are videos and slides from the presentations and sessions conducted at the Delegates Meeting.
The Role of the Delegate: As a delegate, you have two important functions: elect a teacher member to NYSTRS’ Board and serve as a System ambassador to your peers. Learn about our various resources to keep you and your fellow teachers informed about your benefits and to plan for retirement.
Social Security Information: What do you need to know? We review key information, including benefit eligibility, calculations, taxes, earnings limits and cost-of-living adjustments.
Tier 6 Overview: Learn key information about Tier 6, including member contributions and eligibility for benefits.
Legal Update: Review of POAs, DROs and Trusts: Learn about important legal documents, including Power of Attorney (POA), Domestic Relations Orders (DRO) and trusts.
Play “Retirement Quest” with Host Mr. Max Benefit: We invited delegates to the stage to play our new game show “Retirement Quest” hosted by Mr. Max Benefit. Two teams of delegates navigated their way through the career stages to make it to Retirement. Contestants answered questions about a member’s early-, mid- and late-career stage to win Retirement Quest! A panel of NYSTRS’ Expert Guides provided insight on the answers and contestants received prizes!
The Strength and Stability of the System: Learn about NYSTRS’ funding and investment philosophies and how they lead to long-term success, strength and stability. We provided an overview of the health of the Retirement System and the thoughtful approach to managing the System’s assets.
GNTA FINANCIAL AID FUND
In times of need, the GNTA Financial Aid Fund has been there to help our members recover from theft, fire, destruction of property, and the financial burden that can occur from the loss of a loved one.
The GNTA Executive Board is asking for your help in replenishing the Fund. On average, we assist 2-3 members a year who suffer a catastrophic loss, and our goal this year is to raise $2,500 by Thanksgiving. The Fund is separate from our dues and relies solely on the non-tax deductible contributions of our members.
Please donate whatever you can. We've had members give $5, $25, $50, and last year a single member donated $1,500.
You can send a check, made out to the "GNTA Financial Aid Fund," to the Cottage as soon as possible, or help your colleagues immediately through Venmo by clicking the red "DONATE" button or scanning the QR code below.
Thanks in advance for your generosity and for proving that we are stronger together.
KNOW YOUR TIERS!
Pension & Retirement Education Program (PREP)
Many retirees wish they began focusing on financial and retirement planning much earlier in their lives. Don’t let that happen to you! No matter how far along you are in your career, careful financial and retirement planning are critical. That’s why our Pension & Retirement Education Program (PREP) seminar is so valuable. The seminar will help you understand your NYSTRS benefits while also providing essential retirement-planning tips, which will help you develop a plan to achieve your retirement goals. Seminars are held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Topics include: NYSTRS benefits, financial planning, Social Security, estate planning, and the retirement process. Seminars are free and your spouse/ companion may attend but you must make reservations in advance.
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