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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

Danielle Little-Thomson – Legislative Assistant

PEF Political Endorsements - 2018

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.

2018 Legislative Highlights

2018 State Legislative Agenda

2018 Federal Legislative Agenda

Political Action Committee

Randi DiAntonio – Vice President, SWPAC Chair
NYS-PEF
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
Albany NY  12212-2414
W: 800-342-4306 / Fax: 518-783-1117 | gro.f1540005795ep@oi1540005795notnA1540005795iDR1540005795


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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1540005795ep@yb1540005795sliSM1540005795

    Bill Nolan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462


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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1540005795ep@oe1540005795luPA1540005795


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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1540005795ep@sm1540005795ailli1540005795WC1540005795

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1540005795ep@ma1540005795harbA1540005795L1540005795


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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1540005795ep@dr1540005795offat1540005795SR1540005795

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1540005795ohay@1540005795htenn1540005795eKnei1540005795nyrB1540005795


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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1540005795ep@yk1540005795sfobu1540005795DD1540005795

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1540005795ep@bu1540005795atSS1540005795


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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1540005795ep@yr1540005795aMtSJ1540005795


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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1540005795ep@ye1540005795vaDV1540005795

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair


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

    Mike Blue

    518-785-1900 | gro.f1540005795ep@eu1540005795lBM1540005795

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    518-785-1900 | moc.l1540005795iamg@1540005795oznam1540005795oCT1540005795


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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1540005795ep@su1540005795luaJD1540005795

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1540005795ohay@1540005795022ro1540005795tagit1540005795sevnI1540005795rS1540005795


Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Ricardo Cruz

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1540005795ep@zu1540005795rCR1540005795

    Darlene Williams – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1540005795ep@sm1540005795ailli1540005795WD1540005795


Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1540005795ep@re1540005795nnoCO1540005795B1540005795

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1540005795ep@dn1540005795aloRC1540005795


Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1540005795ep@sn1540005795iggiH1540005795N1540005795

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1540005795ep@re1540005795uabnu1540005795rBM1540005795


Trustee

    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1540005795ep@st1540005795reboR1540005795nonna1540005795hSM1540005795


Retiree Representative

    Robert Reynolds

    800-342-4306 x501 | gro.f1540005795ep@sd1540005795lonye1540005795RR1540005795

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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