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.
Gregory Amorosi – Director
Scott Lorey – Political Organizer/Lobbyist-State
Indira Bokobza – Lobbyist-Federal/Political Organizer
Danielle Little-Thomson – Legislative Assistant
PEF Political Endorsements
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.
Political Action Committee
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
Albany NY 12212-2414
W: 800-342-4306 / Fax: 518-783-1117 / gro.f1527210497ep@sm1527210497adAA1527210497
Region 1 Chairs – (Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Niagara, Wyoming)
800-462-1462×105 / gro.f1527210497ep@is1527210497idnir1527210497BR1527210497
800-462-1462 / gro.f1527210497ep@na1527210497loNW1527210497
Region 2 Chair – (Alleghany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates)
800-724-5001 / gro.f1527210497ep@oe1527210497luPA1527210497
Region 3 Chairs – (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne)
800-724-5003 / gro.f1527210497ep@sm1527210497ailli1527210497WC1527210497
800-724-5003 / gro.f1527210497ep@oi1527210497notnA1527210497iDR1527210497
Region 4 Chairs – (Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca)
800-724-5004 / gro.f1527210497ep@ei1527210497roRcM1527210497C1527210497
Region 5 Chairs – (Broome, Chenango, Delaware Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins)
800-724-4998 / gro.f1527210497ep@yk1527210497sfobu1527210497DD1527210497
Region 6 Chairs – (Hamilton, Herkimer, Fulton, Madison, Montgomery, Lewis, Oneida)
Jeanette St. Mary
800-724-5005 / gro.f1527210497ep@yr1527210497aMtSJ1527210497
Sametta Shaw Lipiec
Region 7 Chairs – (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence)
888-498-8532 / gro.f1527210497ep@wo1527210497nSE1527210497
Region 8 Chairs – (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington)
518-785-1900 / gro.f1527210497ep@eu1527210497lBM1527210497
518-785-1900 / gro.f1527210497ep@oz1527210497namoC1527210497T1527210497
Region 9 Chairs – (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester)
800-548-4870 / gro.f1527210497ep@te1527210497ertSV1527210497
Region 10 – (Manhattan, Bronx)
800-522-8700 / gro.f1527210497ep@ll1527210497enruP1527210497B1527210497
Region 11 Chairs – (Kings, Queens, Richmond)
866-897-9775 / gro.f1527210497ep@dn1527210497aloRC1527210497
866-897-9775 / gro.f1527210497ep@re1527210497nnoCO1527210497B1527210497
Region 12 Chairs – (Nassau, Suffolk)
631-360-4360 / gro.f1527210497ep@sn1527210497iggiH1527210497N1527210497
631-360-4360 / moc.l1527210497iamg@1527210497reuab1527210497nurBM1527210497
800-342-4306 x389 / moc.r1527210497r.ynt1527210497s@4rr1527210497acj1527210497
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: