Harrison teachers' union president Karen Magee was elected to the top spot of New York State United Teachers over the weekend, the first woman to hold the presidency, according to the New York Daily News.
Magee has headed up the Harrison group for more than a decade, and at the state union she replaces Richard Iannuzzi, who was voted out amid bitter infighting, according to news reports.
Reporter Gary Stern of The Journal News said, "A self-described 'militant,' Magee has been harshly critical of New York's education reforms and Iannuzzi's response to them. She wants to see New York throw out its new teacher- and principal-evaluation system, which she calls beyond repair."
A West Harrison resident, Magee started her career in elementary and special education three decades ago.
She has been president of the Harrison Association of Teachers for 11 years. She is on the board of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System, lohud.com said.
She said she is ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work.
“Our team stands for change and our work begins now,” she told the Daily News.