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New York’s top union boss Mark Cannizzaro resigns amid turmoil

The head of New York’s powerful managers’ union is set to announce his resignation – amid turmoil over his controversial decision to oust a senior union leader, The Post has learned.

Mark Cannizzaro, chairman of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, told its executive council this week that he would step down by the end of December after just over five years at the helm, union sources said on Friday.

“The best job I’ve ever had is as a director, but also the most challenging and challenging job I’ve ever had is as a director,” Cannizzaro said in an unrelated interview with News12. Wednesday.

A formal announcement to members is expected Oct. 29 at the CSA’s annual conference in Midtown Manhattan, sources added.

Cannizzaro, 58, came under fire last month for the allegedly unilateral ouster of a longtime union official, upsetting some members who questioned the union’s leadership, The Post reported.

Mark Cannizzaro will step down as head of the NYC Directors’ Union at the end of the year.

Other officials present at the closed-door meeting publicly backed their boss, while critics accused the union of a lack of transparency and even abuse over its treatment of former executive Sana Nasser.

“It was never about Mark Cannizzaro or any individual,” said Michael Barakat, principal of Bronx High School for Law and Community Service, which defended Nasser. “This is about the leadership of an organization – and it signals that CSA leadership has recognized that it is time for change.”

Many began to question his leadership after the controversial dismissal.
Cannizzaro has come under fire for firing Sana Nasser last month.

A Bronx assistant principal and active CSA member told the Post that while she hasn’t personally worked with Cannizzaro, “we all want to have faith in the union.”

“I think the way it was handled made people wonder a bit, especially because it [Nasser] is such a towering figure who has helped so many of us.

It is unclear whether Cannizzaro’s resignation is related to Nasser’s dismissal.

Executive Vice President Henry Rubio is expected to take over, a source said.

“I don’t think it will be a drastic change, but it will be a change,” said the active CSA member. “Rubio is a bit more of a boxer; it’s more in your face. Marc is a real gentleman. He prefers to do things quietly.

Cannizzaro took over CSA from Ernest Logan in the fall of 2017 — promoted from his former title of executive vice president for five years, according to his LinkedIn.

Logan at the time called Cannizzaro in the union paper “a bold young leader and a negotiator without exception.”

The career educator has worked in the field for more than 30 years and spent much of his time at IS 75 Paulo Middle School and IS 34 Totten Middle School in Staten Island, records show.

He started as a physical education teacher, working his way up to assistant principal and director positions. Cannizzaro first became involved with the CSA in 2006.

“He is an asset to everyone, regardless of the education system – and it will be a loss for New York City,” said his former colleague Angela Marasia, who taught Spanish and English, then became dean of the college, under Cannizzaro.

“I learned a lot from him,” she said. “He was at work at 6 a.m., and the last to leave in the evening. A very dedicated professional. »

The CSA did not immediately comment.

Additional reporting by Susan Edelman

New York Post

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