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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

2019 State Legislative Agenda

2019 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.f1550387129ep@oi1550387129notnA1550387129iDR1550387129


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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1550387129ep@yb1550387129sliSM1550387129

    Bill Nolan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462


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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1550387129ep@oe1550387129luPA1550387129


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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1550387129ep@sm1550387129ailli1550387129WC1550387129

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1550387129ep@ma1550387129harbA1550387129L1550387129


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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1550387129ep@dr1550387129offat1550387129SR1550387129

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1550387129ohay@1550387129htenn1550387129eKnei1550387129nyrB1550387129


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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1550387129ep@yk1550387129sfobu1550387129DD1550387129

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1550387129ep@bu1550387129atSS1550387129


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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1550387129ep@yr1550387129aMtSJ1550387129


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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1550387129ep@ye1550387129vaDV1550387129

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair


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

    Mike Blue

    518-785-1900 | gro.f1550387129ep@eu1550387129lBM1550387129

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    518-785-1900 | moc.l1550387129iamg@1550387129oznam1550387129oCT1550387129


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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1550387129ep@su1550387129luaJD1550387129

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1550387129ohay@1550387129022ro1550387129tagit1550387129sevnI1550387129rS1550387129


Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Radhakrishna Mohan

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1550387129ep@na1550387129hoMR1550387129

    Darlene Williams – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1550387129ep@sm1550387129ailli1550387129WD1550387129


Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1550387129ep@re1550387129nnoCO1550387129B1550387129

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1550387129ep@dn1550387129aloRC1550387129


Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1550387129ep@sn1550387129iggiH1550387129N1550387129

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1550387129ep@re1550387129uabnu1550387129rBM1550387129


Trustee

    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1550387129ep@st1550387129reboR1550387129nonna1550387129hSM1550387129


Retiree Representative

    Robert Reynolds

    800-342-4306 x501 | gro.f1550387129ep@sd1550387129lonye1550387129RR1550387129

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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