PEF offices will be closed Monday, November 11 in observance of the Veteran’s Day holiday, and will reopen Tuesday, November 12. PEF leaders and staff encourage members to remember all those who have served our country, and who fought to protect our freedom
As part of the ongoing "Save Our Services" campaign, PEF President Susan Kent is testifying October 28 at a legislative hearing concerning cuts in services at the state Office of Mental Health. The hearing takes place at the Chemung County Legislative Chambers in Elmira.
Kent described how Elmira Psychiatric Center has been a leader for adult patient care and a model facility for what is being envisioned for the future of mental health care. The union leader said a major concern and priority for the members who work there, as well as the residents of Elmira, is the elimination of inpatient children’s services. Kent testified that the affect of the governor’s Regional Center for Excellence plan would devastate a region which is already financially bleak.
Kent also urged the legislators to allow PEF members who are part of the discussions the opportunity to vote at the meetings, since they are the qualified and professional staff who play an integral role in their communities.
PEF leaders and members in the Binghamton area will take part in a community forum about the planned closure of inpatient services at the Greater Binghamton Health Center. The forum takes place Tuesday, October 22 at the Binghamton High School Helen Foley Theater from 6 to 7:30 p.m. State Assembly members Donna Lupardo and Clifford Crouch arranged the forum for public input. The event is open to the public.
Another forum is also being planned to discuss the closure of Broome Developmental Center. Details on that forum are forthcoming.
PEF Region 9 leaders will be meeting Saturday, October 26 and Sunday October 27 in Ellenville to strengthen and broaden their leadership skills through innovative workshops. The event will take place at the Honor’s Haven Resort & Conference Center. For more information, call the Region 9 field office at 800-548-4870.
PEF Region 10 members will attend a leadership conference Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye Brook. This conference will include workshops on bullying in the workplace, political action within PEF, increasing union involvement and other timely issues. For more information, contact the Region 10 field office at 800-522-8700.
The peace officers committee meeting that was scheduled for this week has been postponed until November. Parole officers from around the state are now invited to the first PEF Peace Officers’ Committee meeting being held Tuesday, November 12 at PEF Headquarters in Latham from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will provide an opportunity for officers to network with their colleagues, voice their concerns and discuss new initiatives. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Sharon Parker at email@example.com.