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Four vacancies filled on PEF Executive Board

 By SHERRY HALBROOK

The second-quarter PEF special elections have filled four mid-term vacancies on the PEF Executive Board.

Elected as the only certified candidates for the seats following submission of nominating petitions due April 24 were:

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  • Danielle Bridger to Seat 9, which represents certain PEF members working for the Office of the State Comptroller in Albany;
  • Ademola Oluwo to Seat 12, representing members working for the state Department of Financial Services, both upstate and downstate in insurance;
  • Michael Singleton to Seat 225. It represents PEF members working for the state Labor Department in PEF Regions 1-4; and
  • Stephen Powers to Seat 425, which represents PEF members working for the state Department of Public Service.

Five vacant board seats were not filled because no nominee could be certified following submission of petitions, or because no one submitted nominating petitions to represent those constituencies.

Vacant seats that were not filled in the second-quarter are:

  • Board Seat 1, which represents members working for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets;
  • Board Seat 195, which represents members working for the state Health Department main office — PEF Region 8 including: Menands-Riverview Center, 800 North Pearl, Glens Falls, and Saranac Lake, (PEF Division. 205C);
  • Board Seat 460, which represents PEF members working for the state Department of State;
  • Board Seat 540, which represents members working at Narcotic and Drug Research Inc. and at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport; and
  • Board Seat 545, which represents members working in the following political subdivisions of New York state: Albany Housing Authority; Albany County Probation; and Allegany County.

Nominations to fill these vacancies will again be sought in the third-quarter special elections process that will begin in July. Any additional vacancies that occur during the second-quarter will also be part of the third- quarter special elections.


PEF switching to online petition forms for division elections

The PEF Divisions Committee has announced that beginning in April members who want to run in their PEF division elections may obtain the nominating petition forms online on the PEF website at www.pef.org/elections. The forms will be available as PDFs for members to print and circulate.

PEF will no longer mail a petition form to every member of a division that is conducting an election. The nominating petition forms will only be available online. The forms for a specific division will only be posted online when petitioning for that division’s elections begins, and will remain online until petitioning ends.

However, PEF will mail every member of the division a postcard alerting them when their division’s election is about to be held.

Special Elections postcard sample.

Special Elections postcard sample.

PEF has been providing online nominating petitions for statewide officer, trustee, Executive Board and delegate elections for some time.

The Divisions Committee has confirmed that the change complies with the federal Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The switch to offering the forms online is expected to save the union approximately 50 percent of the cost it has been incurring to mail a paper petition to every division constituent. — Sherry Halbrook


PEF Members, stay informed with the latest union information. Per the election timetable certified by the PEF Special Elections Committee, petitions will be available at all PEF Offices on April 3, 2019 at 9AM. Petitions will be available to download below starting at 9AM on April 4, 2019. CLICK HERE FOR PEF ELECTION UPDATES!

Find all the resources you need for your PEF Divisions Finance. Please contact your PEF Divisions Finance Team with any division financial questions or concerns. CLICK HERE FOR PEF DIVISIONS FINANCE UPDATES!

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