New York Benefits for Educators and Students Trust (NYBEST)

Our Mission

  • To provide opportunities for quality, cost effective benefit programs, insurance and services
  • To engage top professionals to analyze and clarify the complexities of employee benefits, insurance and other service opportunities
  • To share this knowledge with and become a resource for member districts
  • To operate effectively and efficiently by engaging professional, experienced and trusted administrators
  • To foster confidence and participation through knowledge, effectiveness and integrity


The New York Benefits for Educators and Students Trust (NYBEST), is a not-for-profit unincorporated association of NYS public school districts formed for the purpose of supporting School Business Officials and Human Resources administrators by reducing employee benefits costs, offering quality benefit plans and providing professional benefits expertise. Each of our 145+ member school districts designate a representative to serve on the Board of Governors; NYBEST Executive Committee members are elected from this board. The committee is responsible for overseeing the operations of NYBEST and The NYBEST Agency as outlined in the NYBEST Participation Agreement and By-Laws; both of which set forth the substantive and procedural rights and responsibilities of member school districts.

The NYBEST Agency

The evolution of the NYBEST dates back to early 1997. At that time, a number of School Business Officials joined together to pursue the potential benefits of cooperatively addressing employee and student benefit plans. An eight member Steering Committee formed to advise and to act in a decision-making capacity.

The following year, the cooperative was finalized through the creation of the New York Benefits for Educators and Students Trust (NYBEST), a not-for-profit unincorporated association of public school districts formed pursuant to section 119-o of the New York General Municipal Law. Each member school district officially designates a representative to serve on the Board of Governors; NYBEST Executive Committee members are elected from this Board. The committee, comprised of up to15 members, is responsible for overseeing the operations of NYBEST and The NYBEST Agency The NYBEST Agency became an insurance brokerage licensed by the New York State Insurance Department in 2002. Through this agency, school districts have the ability to access and purchase insurance services and products, on either a group or individual basis. Additionally, districts can obtain Student Accident Insurance and health and pharmacy consulting services.

The NYBEST Agency operates on a not-for-profit basis and is wholly-owned by its participating member school districts. The agency also serves as an employee benefits consulting and resource center and sponsors educational seminars.

The NYBEST Agency is designed to provide school districts and their employees with greater control, stability, and cost effective products and services.

NYBEST also offers consulting services to ensure that school districts offer cost effective coverage compliant with collective bargaining unit agreement requirements.

Regulation 194 - Initial Disclosure Notice

The NYBEST Agency is an insurance producer licensed by the State of New York. Insurance producers are authorized by their license to confer with insurance purchasers about the benefits, terms and conditions of insurance contracts; to offer advice concerning the substantive benefits of particular insurance contracts; to sell insurance and to obtain insurance for purchasers. The role of the producer in any particular transaction typically involves one or more of these activities.

Compensation will be paid to the NYBEST Agency based on the insurance contract that The NYBEST Agency sells. Depending on the insurer(s) and the insurance contract(s) the client selects, compensation will be paid by the insurer(s) selling the insurance contract or by another third party. Such compensation may vary depending on a number of factors, including the insurance contract(s) and the insurer(s) the client selects. In some cases, other factors such as volume of business The NYBEST Agency provides to an insurer or the profitability of insurance contracts The NYBEST Agency provides to an insurer may also affect compensation.

The client may obtain information about compensation expected to be received by The NYBEST Agency based in whole or part on the sale of insurance to the client and (if applicable) compensation expected to be received based in whole or in part on any alternative quotes presented to the client by The NYBEST Agency, by requesting such information from The NYBEST Agency.

Contact Information

Program Management
Kathleen Ryan, Program Manager
Tel: 914-523-5696

Linda Carpenter, Assoc. Program Manager/Bookkeeper

Executive Committee
Mr. Ron Clamser, Jr., Dobbs Ferry UFSD, President
Mr. Angelo Rubbo, Mount Pleasant Cottage SD, Vice President
Ms. Lisa Kyer, Lansingburgh CSD, Treasurer
Mr. Christpher Platania, Somers CSD, Assistant Treasurer
Ms. Joy Myke, Tarrytown UFSD, Secretary
Mr. John Abbott, East Irondequoit CSD
Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Freeport UFSD
Ms. Sylvia Fassler-Wallach, Mamaroneck UFSD
Ms. Danielle McAffee, Saranac CSD
Ms. Carol Stein, Irvington UFSD
Ms. Ann Vaccaro-Teich, White Plains City SD
Ms. Robin Zimmerman, Peekskill City SD

Marketing Management
Eric Gilbert, USEBSG, NYBEST, Marketing Manager
Tel: (585) 270-5761 x 105

Katy Murray, NYBEST, Account Manager
Tel: (585) 270-5761 x111
Fax: (585) 546-8315