Spence re-elected, voters overwhelmingly support Members’ Voice slate
By DEBORAH A. MILES
Candidates running for PEF’s top-elected positions waited for the results as the American Arbitration Association tallied the votes June 26 in Manhattan. The incumbent president, Wayne Spence, and his entire slate called Members’ Voice won by a significant margin.
Spence received 6,246 votes, while Maureen Kellman of the New York Union Proud slate received 2,066 votes and Kevin Hintz of Member Empowered Union received 1,438 votes.
“I am humbled and grateful PEF members saw fit to return me to office and I look forward to working with PEF’s newly elected team to build on the many successes achieved during my first term as PEF president. Now, with a cohesive team in place, we are more committed and confident that we can build a stronger union together,” Spence said.
During his first term, Spence secured a new contract for PEF members with 2 percent across-the-board raises and no givebacks. He is a parole officer at the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Kay Wilkie will take on the role of PEF secretary-treasurer. She is an economic development program administrator at Empire State Development.
“At a time when PEF and all unions face unprecedented threats, as proven by the Janus decision, I am committed to being part of the solution. I will implement ethical financial management policies with honesty and integrity. I am honored to be part of an exceptionally skilled and dedicated team. Our solidarity demonstrates that we are stronger together. To quote Joe Hill, ‘Don’t’ mourn. Organize!,’” Wilkie said.
VPs and trustees
Members re-elected Adreina Adams, a parole officer, for a second term as vice president, and elected two new vice presidents, Randi DiAntonio, a licensed master social worker at the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, and Sharon DeSilva, a senior attorney at the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
Maddie Shannon-Roberts, a disability analyst at the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, was voted in as a second-term trustee. She will be overseeing the union with newly elected trustees, Christopher Buman and Jeanette Santos.
Buman is a real property analyst at the state Department of Taxation and Finance and Santos is a medical assistant specialist at the Health Department.
These members will be sworn in at PEF headquarters in Latham, Wednesday, August 1.
Winners of the seven contested races for PEF regional coordinators also ran on the Members’ Voice slate. They are: Michele Silsby, a registered nurse and case manager at Roswell Park, for PEF Region 1 (Buffalo); Andrew Puleo, an assistant engineer at the Department of Transportation, for PEF Region 2 (Elmira/Hornell); Roberta (Bobbi) Stafford, a teaching and research nurse, for PEF Region 4 (Syracuse); David Dubofsky, a claim service representative at the state Insurance Fund, for PEF Region 5 (Binghamton); Michael Blue, an information technology specialist 3 at the Office of the State Comptroller, for PEF Region 8 (Albany); Diane Jaulus, a social worker 2 at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, for PEF Region 9 (Mid-Hudson); and Ricardo Cruz, a parole officer, for PEF Region 10 (Manhattan/Bronx).
Five candidates for coordinator in the other PEF regions ran unopposed.
They are: Colleen Williams, PEF Region 3 (Rochester); Jeanette St. Mary, PEF Region 6 (Utica); Virginia Davey, Region 7 (Potsdam/Plattsburgh); Bernadette O’Connor (Manhattan/Bronx); and, Nora Higgins, Region 12 (Long Island).
St. Mary and Davey are with the New York Union Proud party.
Twenty-two members for PEF’s Executive Board were also elected to three-year terms. See www.pef.org/elections, to view their names and seat.
The newly elected coordinators and Executive Board members will be sworn-in at the Executive Board meeting in Albany, Thursday, August 23.
Members were also asked to vote on a referendum with a separate ballot that was included with the triennial election ballot. The referendum proposed that PEF move from holding an annual convention to a triennial convention. It did not pass because less than 40 percent of the membership returned the referendum ballot.