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GETTING TOGETHER — NYSPEF Region 9 nurses meet December 9 to share ideas and talk about strategies to make their voices heard. The nurses were welcomed by Region 9 Coordinator Vivian Street and PEF Nurse Organizer Dee Dodson. The nurses also met with Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski and discussed organizing and member engagement strategies with PEF Assistant Director of Field/Organizing Services Dan Carpenter and Region12 Coordinator Nora Higgins.

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A GOOD CAUSE – Ashley Enekes, the constituent events manager at the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY, accepts a check for $1,200 from PEF Region 8 Coordinator Michael Blue in November. The money was raised at the Region 8 annual golf tournament held in late July at the Normanside Country Club in Delmar. — Photo by Deborah Miles

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NEW LOCATION – Marcos Ortiz, a contract management specialist 2 at the Capital District Developmental Disabilities Services Office, is among the first PEF members to purchase tickets at Membership Benefits Program, now located at 10 Airline Drive in Colonie. Ortiz described the new office, which includes PEF Travel, as “very nice!” — Photos by Deborah Miles

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LISTEN UP! – PEF Member and vocational instructor James Tremper, and three inmates at the Wallkill Correctional Facility were interviewed by ESPN reporter Barry Abrams in October. The podcast for the “In The Gate” series began airing November 20 and focuses on the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s “Second Chances” program where inmates learn how to take care of retired racehorses. Tremper, who has been the farm manager for more than 30 years, said the program’s success has received national media attention, but more importantly it has been adopted by other prisons throughout the country as it has been proven to teach inmates how to give, rather than take. Shown are Tremper, retired thoroughbred Benny the Waiter, Brian McNair and Bilal Muhammad. The podcast is #348 and titled Horses for Humanity. Check it out at www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=21461804— Photo by Deborah Miles

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FUTURE LEADERS – Two classes of the joint PEF and NYS Leadership Development Program graduated late this fall in Albany. The two classes of participants, who are drawn from many state agencies, graduated November 20, with the second class graduation held December 1. The program is funded through the PS&T Contract.  — Photos by Sherry Halbrook

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HONORING VETS – PEF Region 5 members turn out in droves on Veterans Day in November to support another Twin Tiers Honors Flight for WWII veterans. The PEF members showed up early and stayed late at the Binghamton airport to help ensure the veterans had a hearty breakfast and safely boarded their chartered flight to Washington where they visited the nation’s war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery before their return flight. The Region 5 participation was led by Region 5 Coordinator David Dubofsky and the Region 5 Veterans Committee. — Photos by David Dubofsky

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