The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators was the picture of union strong Saturday as hundreds of active and retired members, supporters and friends marched in the annual Labor Day Parade up Fifth Avenue.
Many started the morning with the annual Labor Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Monsignor Kevin Sullivan noted that "It's not an easy task for institutions like labor and institutions like religion, to figure out how we preserve the things that are important to us, in this new and volatile time. We can celebrate the millions who are still a part of these institutions, church and labor."
After the service, CSA gathered at a staging area on West 47th Street between Fifth Ave and Avenue of the Americas where they enjoyed sandwiches, renewed acquaintances and union fellowships.
So many unions took part in this year's parade that CSA's kick off time was delayed by a half hour.
President Mark Cannizzaro, retired President Ernest Logan, Executive Vice President Henry Rubio and First Vice President Rosemarie Sinclair led the Tottenville High School band, a float and a double decker bus of CSA members up Fifth Avenue.
Hundreds of CSA Political Action Committee members joined the leadership in the annual post parade reception, which was held at Avra Madison restaurant, where President Cannizzaro, speaking twice in different locations so members could hear him in the cavernous room, thanked everyone for coming and promised that, no matter the political climate and fights to come, "trust me, CSA will be here!"
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