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About the Alumni

Welcome to the official web site of the Alumni Association of the New York State School for the Blind, Inc. The association was formed in 1918 and was incorporated in March, 1924.

On this site you will find our By Laws and Articles of Incorporation, contact information for the Board of Directors, and Member News. We urge you to visit this page often for any new features and updates.

In part, the purpose of our organization is to form a definite link between the undergraduates of the New York State School for the Blind and its alumni;  to aid Alumni and students of the school to find their life work and to advance themselves in whatever may be best for them; and to foster a greater school spirit.

Membership in the organization is open to anyone who has attended the New York State School for the Blind and is at least 18 years of age. If you wish to join, please send a letter to the Corresponding Secretary or contact any other officer before March 1. You will receive notification of the action taken on your application by April 1 of the same year.

Membership dues are currently $15.00. You can pay at the reunion on or before December 31, 2012. Your membership entitles you to receive the fall letter, the annual Alumni Bulletin,  the registration letter for the reunion and any other correspondence that may be sent.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions for enhancing this page. We look forward to hearing from you.



Edwin Cooney
212 Old Liverpool Rd., BLDG. 4, APT 1
Liverpool, NY 13088-6329
Landline: (315) 468-0040 cell: (510) 521-6789
email Edwin

Vice President:

Tom Flaherty
31 Berry St.
Rochester, NY 14609-7119
Landline: (585) 342-0859 cell: (585) 957-0341
email Tom

Recording Secretary

Karlene Fiorello
1615 Colvin Boulevard
Buffalo, NY 14223
email Karlene

Corresponding Secretary:

Diane Scalzi
21621 Briarcliff
St. Clair Shores, MI 48082
(586) 337-5226
email Diane


Chet Smalley
541 W. Gore Rd.
Erie, PA 16509-2329
Landline: (814) 866-3949 cell: (814) 218 6271
email Chet

Important Documents

Certificate of Incorporation of the Alumni Association Microsoft Word document (26 KB)

Alumni Association Bylaws Microsoft Word document (34 KB)

Member News

Reunion Dates for 2015: June 11-13, more information to follow.

Below are links to .zip files that contain the fall letter and reunion survey that we ask the Alumni to complete. We ask that you complete these as soon as possible. These two files are set to open in this window.

Also included are two audio files from our 2011 and 2012 reunions. They include several individual song files that our members might enjoy. The two audio files are set to open in a separate window. Due to their size they may take a while to open, so be patient.

Please contact me if you have questions: Diane Scalzi, Phone: (586) 337-5226 or Email: dscalzi@comcast.net

Fall 2014 NYSSB Alumni Newsletter


Ken Meyer, class of 1967, has been inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame at Massasoit Community College.


Read more: West Roxbury resident honored for broadcasting achievement - Roslindale, MA - West Roxbury Transcript http://www.wickedlocal.com/roslindale/features/x1638746112/West-Roxbury-resident-honored-for-broadcasting-achievement#ixzz1hHcRqbZY

Ken blazed many the trail throughout his long broadcasting career in one of America's top radio Markets, Boston. So this interview of Ken, aired on Friday August 1, 2014 on "Tube Talk" a weekly program airing every Friday on Waltham radio station WRCA, is a "must listen":

Click here for the interview


2012 Microsoft Word document (68 KB)

2010 Microsoft Word document (68 KB)



Last Updated: August 23, 2016