I was reminded the other night by Lydia Howrilka and Jonathan Halabi that it has been one year since Eric Chaz Chasanoff passed away.
Tonight is a good time to copy Jonathan Halabi's tribute to Eric over at JD2718. It is well worth reading. Eric and I used to talk regularly about our blogs. I think Jonathan captures the essence of what Eric was all about here. At the end, Jonathan notes how Eric always endorsed him in UFT elections.
Here is what Chaz said about my wife and me in his 2013 election endorsement: (note we are no longer in MORE).
Treasurer: Camille Eterno - MORE Mel Aaronson was a very effective Treasurer but has been long retired. I want an active teacher who understands the present day realities of the classroom to handle my money. Being married to James tells me she is a good decision maker.
Executive Board: - High School -
Jonathan Halabi - New Action/Unity He really tries and has been a dissenting voice in the past.
James Eterno - MORE - The best there was, the best there is, and the best there ever will be.
Okay, I probably should not have looked that up but you do understand we respected each other greatly. Rest in peace, Eric.
Jonathan Halabi's tribute to Chaz:
Eric “Chaz” Chasanoff was one of the best-known New York City teacher bloggers. He was an exceptional advocate for teachers, and a opponent of arbitrary and unfair policies.
Eric was independent, and fiercely so. He belonged to no caucus. Every election he endorsed people from each caucus, including some from Unity. I am proud that each time I ran, he endorsed me.
Eric was not a leftist, as some critics of the UFT leadership are. His views tended to be a bit left of center, but they varied, issue to issue. In the last presidential election he lived through, he did not vote for Donald Trump or for Hillary Clinton. I believe, had he lived, he would not have voted in 2020 for Trump or for Biden.