Parents Storm the NY Regents Meeting

John Gilmore with parents in Albany, NY at Board of Regents meeting 7-15-19 (photo from Newsday)

Report & Action Alert from the Great John Gilmore

July 16, 2019 – One of the heroes of our Religious & Health Freedom Movement in New York is John Gilmore, founder of the Autism Action Network autismactionnetwork.org He is one of the most reliable primary sources for valid and up to date information on Health & Religious Freedom in all of New York State.

Below is a report from his experience as one of the parents who stormed the NY Regents meeting yesterday. The one point that jumped out at me the most was that one of the Regents members was overheard saying no legislators had given any of the Regents members a heads up that this was even an issue. It’s yet another piece of evidence proving how reckless and careless this legislation was; the only winner was Big Pharma. Here is the great John Gilmore’s report from Albany, NY:

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Yesterday about 100-200 parents and supporters of the religious exemption from vaccine mandates to go to school in New York attended the monthly meeting of the New York Regents. The Regents are the appointed board responsible for setting education policy in New York. Several important things were achieved by our presence: we are clearly on their radar screen as a big problem that just got dumped in their lap, one Regent was overheard commenting that there had been no communication of any kind from the legislature or the governor about the repeal; and we will be meeting with Beth Berlin, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Education Department. Later in the meeting Commissioner Ellen Ilia tendered her resignation, and earlier today Berlin was named Acting Commissioner.

     The meeting began with a statement from Regent Roger Tilles, who represents Long Island, who said that vaccine issues would not be on the agenda for the meeting. Several members of the audience asked why not which was followed by applause. At that point NYSED Executive Deputy Commissioner Beth Berlin said she would be happy to discuss the issue outside the conference room. Ms. Berlin left the room and was followed by a large number of attendees. Ms. Berlin was joined by Dr. Anael Alston, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement, and Vice Chancellor, T. Andrew Brown. Berlin listened to many of the parents there and asked some thoughtful questions. We are working on scheduling a formal meeting with her.

     Our goal going forward with the Regents will be harm reduction to the families and students impacted by the law. The Regents cannot overturn the law but they can make the implementation of it far less punitive. We want to delay implementation of the law, California allows 2 to 8 years for children to submit, Maine allows for more than 2 years. We had to begin with 15 days of Governor Cuomo signing the bill. IEP students were exempted from the California law, and Federal law requires school districts to provide services in a IEP or 504 plan regardless if the student is allowed to enroll or not. We will be working to achieve these and other goals with the regents.

What you can do:

     Please click on the link below to send a message to Chancellor Rosa and the At Large Regents expressing the need for a less punitive policy:

http://capwiz.com/a-champ/issues/alert/?alertid=80661791&queueid=11878951741

     The next Regents meeting will be on September 9 at 89 Washington Street in Albany. Please plan to be there with your children.

     Please write a letter describing how the repeal of the religious exemption will impact your family, and send copies to Chancellor Rosa, Vice Chancellor Brown, all the At Large Regents who represent the entire State, and the Regent for your County.

Please send a copy to jgilmore@autismactionetwork.org

Find Your Regent

Find your Regent’s name here, or check the list below.

https://www.regents.nysed.gov/members/findrep

Betty A. Rosa  

Chancellor

12th Judicial District Regents Office,

State Education Building,

89 Washington Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12234

(518) 474-5889

Regent.Rosa@nysed.gov

District is Bronx County

At Large Regents

The following Regents are at “At Large” members, meaning they do not represent a specific geographic area but the entire state. Everybody should contact the At Large members.

James E. Cottrell

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

450 Clarkson Avenue – Box 6

Brooklyn, NY 11203-2098

(718) 270-2331

Regent.Cottrell@nysed.gov

Lester W. Young, Jr.

55 Hanson Place, Suite 400

Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 722-2796

Regent.Young@nysed.gov

Wade S. Norwood

74 Appleton Street

Rochester, NY 14611

Phone (585) 436-2944

Regent.Norwood@nysed.gov

Luis O. Reyes

Regents Office, State Education Building

89 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY 12234

(518) 474-5889

Regent.Reyes@nysed.gov

The following Regents represent specific counties. Please check to see which Regent represents your County.

Nan Eileen Mead

1st Judicial District

116 West 32nd Street, 6th Floor,

New York, NY 10001 212-643-3039

Regent.Mead@nysed.gov

District is  New York County (Manhattan)

Kathleen M. Cashin

2nd Judicial District Regents Office,

State Education Building

89 Washington Avenue,

Albany, NY 12234 Phone

(518) 474-5889

Regent.Cashin@nysed.gov

District is Kings County (Brooklyn)

Josephine Victoria Finn

3rd Judicial District Regents Office,

State Education Building

89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234

(518) 474-5889

Regent.Finn@nysed.gov

• Albany

• Columbia

• Greene

• Rensselaer

• Schoharie

• Sullivan

• Ulster

Beverly L. Ouderkirk

4th Judicial District

303 Main Street, Morristown, NY 13664

(315) 375-8596

Regent.Ouderkirk@nysed.gov

District includes the following counties:

• Clinton

• Essex

• Franklin

• Fulton

• Hamilton.

• Montgomery

• Saratoga

• Schenectady

• St Lawrence

• Warren

• Washington

Elizabeth S. Hakanson

5th Judicial District Regents Office,

State Education Building,

89 Washington Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12234

(518) 474-5889

District includes the following counties:

Regent.Hakanson@nysed.gov

• Herkimer

• Jefferson

• Lewis

• Oneida

• Onondaga

• Oswego

Susan W. Mittler

6th Judicial District Regents Office,

State Education Building,

89 Washington Avenue,

Albany, NY, 12234

(518) 474-5889

Regent.Mittler@nysed.gov

District includes the following counties:

• Broome

• Chemung

• Chenango

• Cortland

• Delaware

• Madison

• Otsego

• Schuyler

• Tioga

T. Andrew Brown

Vice Chancellor

7th Judicial District 925 Crossroads Building,

Two State Street, Rochester, NY 14614

(585) 454-3667

Regent.Brown@nysed.gov

District includes the following counties:

• Cayuga

• Livingston

• Monroe

• Ontario

• Seneca

• Steuben

• Wayne

• Yates

Catherine Collins

8th Judicial District

508 Main Street, Buffalo, NY,

14202 (518) 474-5889

Regent.Collins@nysed.gov

District includes the following counties:

• Allegany

• Cattaraugus

• Chautauqua

• Erie

• Genesee

• Niagara

• Orleans

• Wyoming

Judith Johnson

9th Judicial District Regents Office,

State Education Building

89 Washington Avenue,

Albany, NY, 12234

(518) 474-5889

Regent.Johnson@nysed.gov

District includes the following counties:

• Dutchess

• Orange

• Putnam

• Rockland

• Westchester

Roger Tilles

10th Judicial District

Lorber Hall, Room 211

Long Island University

720 Northern Boulevard,

Brookville, NY 11548

(516) 299-3505

Regent.Tilles@nysed.gov

District includes the following counties:

• Nassau

• Suffolk

Judith Chin

11th Judicial District Regents Office,

State Education Building,

89 Washington Avenue,

Albany, NY 12234

(518) 474-5889

Regent.Chin@nysed.gov

District is Queens County

Christine D. Cea

Member

13th Judicial District

Regents Office, State Education Building,

89 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY 12234

Phone (518) 474-5889

Regent.Cea@nysed.gov

District is Staten Island (Richmond County)

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