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Legislative Office Responsibilities

Role of the Legislative Office:

Identify legislation/budget initiatives that will advance or endanger PEF members’ working conditions and other interests and working to stop or get approval of such legislation/budget initiatives.

Work with legislative leaders, legislators and their staffs to introduce and advance legislation identified as a priority in PEF’s State & Federal legislative agendas.
Coordinate PEF’s lobbying efforts at the federal, state, and local levels.
PEF Endorsement Process

Regional PACs interview and endorse candidates. Slates sent to SWPAC. Once approved, slate submitted to Executive Board, which includes PEF leadership, for review and final approval. PEF-endorsed candidates had a proven record of supporting PEF’s legislative and budget priorities.

Campaign Contributions – State and Federal

PEF’s contributions to state and local candidates come from members’ dues. These funds are held in its political action fund. New York State (NYS) Election Law sets the parameters for these contributions. Additionally, PEF has developed statewide PAC guidelines for the use of these monies.

PEF’s federal campaign funds come from voluntary member contributions to its Committee on Political Education (COPE) Fund. PEF works in concert with its two international unions – American Federation of Teachers and Service Employees International Union – on federal elections and campaign funding and activities.

Legislative Staff:

Gregory Amorosi – Director

Scott Lorey – Political Organizer/Lobbyist-State

Indira Bokobza – Lobbyist-Federal/Political Organizer

Danielle Little-Thomson – Legislative Assistant

PEF Political Endorsements

Legislative Priorities

Working closely with the PEF Legislative Department, the Statewide PAC organizes and coordinates political activity on a statewide basis. Each Regional PAC Chair coordinates political activities and programs between the Statewide PAC and the Regional PAC.

Each year, the SWPAC receives membership input for our Legislative Agenda. With technical assistance from our Legislative staff, the SWPAC puts together a draft of our legislative priorities which is reviewed and approved by our Executive Board and then voted on by the 1,000 convention delegates. Our agenda is then communicated to all state legislators and promoted throughout the legislative session.

2016-17 Budget Highlights

Consultant Services Report 2016-17

Workforce Impact Summary Report 2016-17

2017 State Legislative Agenda

2017 Federal Legislative Agenda

Political Action Committee

Kenneth Brynien, Interim SWPAC Chair

Adreina Adams, Deputy Chair

NYS-PEF, 1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road

PO BOX 12414 Albany NY  12212-2414

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Region 1 Chairs (Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Niagara)          

Rocco Brindisi

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William Nolan

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Region 2 Chair (Alleghany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates)

Andrew Puleo

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Region 3 Chairs  (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario Orleans)

Julie Hutchinson

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Dwayne Hayward

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Region 4 Chairs  (Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca)

Charles McRorie

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Kenneth Brynien                                  

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Region 5 Chairs    (Broome, Chenango, Delaware Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins)

David Dubofsky

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Scott Staub

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Region 6 Chair    (Hamilton, Herkimer, Fulton, Madison, Montgomery, Lewis Oneida)

Jeanette St. Mary

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Region 7 Chairs  (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence)              

Ed Snow

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Virginia Davey

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Region 8 Chairs (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington)

Mike Blue

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Tom Comanzo

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Region 9 Chairs (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester)

Vivian Street

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Daniel McCormack

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Region 10 Chairs (Manhattan, Bronx)

Sheik Nabijohn                                

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Brian Purnell

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Region 11 Chairs (Kings, Queens, Richmond)

Jemma Marie Hanson

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Donna Harris

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Charles Roland

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Region 12 Chair (Nassau, Suffolk)

Nora Higgins

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Retiree Representative

Jim Carr

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Political Action Volunteer Form

One way PEF can enhance its political power is by organizing members to volunteer for union endorsed candidates. A strong volunteer base is an essential component of any successful campaign. That is why PEF is currently recruiting politically active members who would like to volunteer their time to work on campaigns for local, state, and congressional campaigns as well as the upcoming Presidential election. Volunteers will be involved with phone banking, literature drops, and rallies. If you are interesting in volunteering, please complete the below form:

PEF Political Action Volunteer Form

  • PEF Member Identification Number

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