New Education Leadership for New York State


It has been an exciting week for education in Albany.

On Tuesday, the New York State Board of Regents convened a special meeting to appoint MaryEllen Elia as the new Commissioner of Education.

MaryEllen Elia is a lifelong educator, and native New Yorker beginning her career as a social studies teacher at Sweet Home High School outside of Buffalo. In 1986, she relocated to the Tampa, Florida, where she spent nearly 30 years in the Hillsborough County School system. More than 10 of those years were spend as the superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools, the 8th largest school district in the nation.

Ms. Elia, the first woman to hold a permanent appointment in this role, and will begin her term July 6th.

Click below to read more details about Ms. Elia’s credentials:
NYSED Press Release

Click below to read NYSSBA’s statement on Ms. Elia’s appointment:
NYSSBA’s statement

In another move Senator Carl Marcellino was officially named Chair of the Senate Education Committee. The post, left vacant when Senator John Flanagan ascended to Majority Leader, has been rumored for the last week to be filled by the Long Island senator. Senator Marcellino is a former educator and veteran of the Education Committee.

Click below to read more about the Senator:
NYS Senate Press Release

NYSSBA welcomes both Commissioner Elia and Senator Marcellino to their new roles. For further information please contact the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team at 518-783-0200.


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