On December 7th, I learned that I was to be laid off from my tenured teaching position at The College of Saint Rose, where I've taught for the past 22 years. There is an appeals process, and I believe there are strong reasons why I should be reappointed. In order to press my case, I was advised to retain an attorney.
I've been fortunate until now. I've met challenges without having to ask for help. But this time is different. The crushing legal expenses I will incur are more than I can possibly bear.
Some know me as a music professor and a composer; some know me for my successful campaign to bring Trader Joe's to the Capital District (or more recently as the founder of a non-profit that promotes better government); some know me as a proud parent and devoted member of the Capital District's Jewish community; and some know me as a friend, neighbor or relative. Over the years I've been blessed to wear so many different hats and to meet so many wonderful people along the way.
I believe there is still a place for me in front of a classroom at Saint Rose, but if in the end my appeal is not successful, I'm sure I will find other paths that will allow me to serve our community.
I appreciate your kindness and however much you can contribute. And please do stay in touch. Your friendship and support is more important than ever.
Much love to all,
P.S. For any of my students who might wish to contribute, I would first ask you to see if a fundraiser has been established to benefit all my colleagues (as I learn of one, I will try to create a link).
P.P.S. If the amount I receive exceeds my needs, I will donate any extra funds to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
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