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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

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

2018 State Legislative Agenda

2018 Federal Legislative Agenda

Political Action Committee

Randi DiAntonio – Vice President, SWPAC Chair
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
Albany NY  12212-2414
W: 800-342-4306 / Fax: 518-783-1117 | gro.f1534282255ep@oi1534282255notnA1534282255iDR1534282255

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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1534282255ep@yb1534282255sliSM1534282255

    Bill Nolan – PAC Co-Chair


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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1534282255ep@oe1534282255luPA1534282255

    Karen Patterson – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1534282255ep@no1534282255srett1534282255aPK1534282255

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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1534282255ep@sm1534282255ailli1534282255WC1534282255

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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1534282255ep@dr1534282255offat1534282255SR1534282255

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1534282255ohay@1534282255htenn1534282255eKnei1534282255nyrB1534282255

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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1534282255ep@yk1534282255sfobu1534282255DD1534282255

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1534282255ep@bu1534282255atSS1534282255

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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1534282255ep@yr1534282255aMtSJ1534282255

    Sametta Shaw-Lipiec – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1534282255ep@ce1534282255ipiLw1534282255ahSS1534282255

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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1534282255ep@ye1534282255vaDV1534282255

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

    Mike Blue

    518-785-1900 | gro.f1534282255ep@eu1534282255lBM1534282255

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    518-785-1900 | moc.l1534282255iamg@1534282255oznam1534282255oCT1534282255

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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1534282255ep@su1534282255luaJD1534282255

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1534282255ohay@1534282255022ro1534282255tagit1534282255sevnI1534282255rS1534282255

Region 10(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Ricardo Cruz

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1534282255ep@zu1534282255rCR1534282255

Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1534282255ep@re1534282255nnoCO1534282255B1534282255

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1534282255ep@dn1534282255aloRC1534282255

Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1534282255ep@sn1534282255iggiH1534282255N1534282255

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1534282255ep@re1534282255uabnu1534282255rBM1534282255


    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1534282255ep@st1534282255reboR1534282255nonna1534282255hSM1534282255

Retiree Representative

    Robert Reynolds

    800-342-4306 x501 | gro.f1534282255ep@sd1534282255lonye1534282255RR1534282255

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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