PEF Region 1 Coordinator – Rocco Brindisi
“This is a great region,” said Region 1’s new coordinator Rocco Brindisi. “We have Buffalo and Niagara Falls, beautiful scenery and so many state parks and things for our members and visitors to do here. PEF members must love it because they have held three of the last four PEF conventions in this region.”
More than 4,200 PEF members work in this, PEF’s westernmost region, which encompasses Niagara, Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties and stretches from the Pennsylvania border on the south, to the Canadian border on the north.
Brindisi said the region has many very active members and retirees that work well together on everything from labor, political and legislative action to preparing their participation in Buffalo’s annual Labor Day parades.
“We have a great presence on the labor councils with the help of our retirees,” Brindisi said. “We probably have the best PEF Retirees chapter in the state.
This year we will again participate in the Labor Day Parade and, for the first time, we will even have a ‘float.’ It’s an old-time fire engine that belongs to a former fire fighter who’s a friend of one of our members.”
While Brindisi is new to being Region 1’s coordinator, he has been active in PEF and the region for many years. His state service has been at the state Insurance Fund (SIF) since 1984 and he currently is a claims service representative 2.
He has been a steward of PEF Division 240 since 1989 and has served on both the joint labor-management and joint health and safety committees at the SIF. He has been a member of the PEF Executive Board, PEF chair of the Joint PEFNYS Health and Safety Committee and a member of the PEF Workers Compensation Committee.
He also has been a PEF political action liaison and member of Region 1’s convention committee.
Region 1 - Buffalo