Many PEF members participated in the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators 43rd Annual Conference, held February 14-16, in Albany. Receptions were held by PEF and by the PEF Black Caucus. The conference is an annual opportunity for participants to meet, network, learn about and discuss current issues and legislation.
PEF sponsored a conference workshop, “The Struggle Continues,” which featured a panel of leaders from PEF and other state employee unions discussing the threat to state services for New Yorkers who need them most. They led a dynamic discussion about the need to defend SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and state programs in the local communities for New Yorkers with mental illness or developmental disabilities, those who are incarcerated or on parole and youth services.