John K. Wilson recently wrote an article for AAUP’s Academe blog celebrating the “tremendous victory for freedom of the press” that NCC’s Academic Senate and AAUP Advocacy Chapter achieved last week, when the Board of Trustees approved a newly-revised version of Policy 3100 “News Media Relations.” Mr. Wilson notes that before amendment, Policy 3100 “was a terrible infringement” on our rights as employees of the College, but that the present policy “is a great model for other colleges to follow.”
Please watch the CBS video and read the cover story in Newsday reporting on the disastrous Middle States review and the possible ramifications. Frank Frisenda, NCCFT President and Kimberley Reiser, NCC AAUP President were interviewed. Their message: NCC has a wonderful faculty and staff that serve a deserving student population. The faculty will continue to provide a high quality, robust education. Our need: an open, transparent and competent administration to lead NCC into the future.
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New York State’s Open Meetings Law serves an important purpose. It is designed to ensure that the public’s business be performed in an “open and public manner” so that the they may “retain control over those who are their public servants.” Public Officers Law, Article 7, section 100. This law applies to our Board and its meetings. Anyone who has attended an NCC Board of Trustees meeting is aware that the Board routinely goes into executive session leaving those who attend in the dark. Frequently, Trustee Cornachio objects to these closed, executive sessions as violations of the Open Meetings Law.
On November 16, 2015 Trustee Cornachio, along with two NCC faculty members, filed an Article 78 proceeding in New York State Supreme Court requesting the court to, among other things, require this Board to act in compliance with the Open Meetings Law and to declare certain actions taken by the Board to be in violation of that law. It is hoped that this action will usher in a new era of openness and accountability so that the Board’s actions may be fully vetted by the public. This will promote accountability.
For your information we have attached a copy of the Petition and supporting exhibits. We urge you to read these documents thoroughly and to pay particular attention to what it reveals about Board dynamics and deliberations.
Kind Regards- The NCC AAUP Executive Committee
Link to a .pdf file of the letter:
Article 78 OML
By NCC AAUP, Executive Committee
The video below was recorded at the Let Us learn/Let Them Learn campaign kick-off event on September 24, 2015. The website at the end of the video is here: tinyurl.com/letter-to-cuomo-2015.
Special thanks to students Anri Tchelidze and Alex Thomas for their generous work as videographers and video editors.
Kayleen Freyre, President of Amnesty International Club, speaks out at the Let Us learn/Let Them Learn campaign kick-off event on September 24, 2015 on how NCC transformed her life. The website at the end of the video is here: tinyurl.com/letter-to-cuomo-2015.
Special thanks to students/videographers Anri Tchelidze and Alex Thomas.