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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

Adreina Adams – Vice President, SWPAC Chair
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
Albany NY  12212-2414
W: 800-342-4306 / Fax: 518-783-1117 / gro.f1511394904ep@sm1511394904adAA1511394904

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

    Rocco Brindisi

    800-462-1462×105 / gro.f1511394904ep@is1511394904idnir1511394904BR1511394904

    William Nolan

    800-462-1462 / gro.f1511394904ep@na1511394904loNW1511394904

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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 / gro.f1511394904ep@oe1511394904luPA1511394904

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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 / gro.f1511394904ep@sm1511394904ailli1511394904WC1511394904

    Randi DiAntonio

    800-724-5003 / gro.f1511394904ep@oi1511394904notnA1511394904iDR1511394904

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

    Charles McRorie

    800-724-5004 / gro.f1511394904ep@ei1511394904roRcM1511394904C1511394904

    Kenneth Brynien

    800-724-5004 / moc.o1511394904ohay@1511394904htenn1511394904eKnei1511394904nyrB1511394904

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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 / gro.f1511394904ep@yk1511394904sfobu1511394904DD1511394904

    Scott Staub

    800-724-4998 / moc.r1511394904r.ynt1511394904s@1eo1511394904jeitt1511394904ocs1511394904

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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 / gro.f1511394904ep@yr1511394904aMtSJ1511394904

    Sametta Shaw Lipiec

    800-724-5005 / moc.l1511394904iamg@1511394904wahSa1511394904ttema1511394904S1511394904

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

    Ed Snow

    888-498-8532 / gro.f1511394904ep@wo1511394904nSE1511394904

    Ginny Davey

    888-498-8532 / moc.l1511394904iamg@1511394904yevaD1511394904ainig1511394904riV1511394904

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

    Mike Blue

    518-785-1900 / gro.f1511394904ep@eu1511394904lBM1511394904

    Tom Comanzo

    518-785-1900 / gro.f1511394904ep@oz1511394904namoC1511394904T1511394904

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

    Vivian Street

    800-548-4870 / gro.f1511394904ep@te1511394904ertSV1511394904

    Daniel McCormack

    800-548-4870 / moc.o1511394904ohay@1511394904022ro1511394904tagit1511394904sevnI1511394904rS1511394904

Region 10(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Sheik Nabijohn

    800-522-8700/ gro.f1511394904ep@nh1511394904ojiba1511394904NS1511394904

    Brian Purnell

    800-522-8700 / gro.f1511394904ep@ll1511394904enruP1511394904B1511394904

Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Charles Roland

    866-897-9775 / gro.f1511394904ep@dn1511394904aloRC1511394904

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 / gro.f1511394904ep@re1511394904nnoCO1511394904B1511394904

Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    631-360-4360 / gro.f1511394904ep@sn1511394904iggiH1511394904N1511394904

    Morgan Brunbauer

    631-360-4360 / moc.l1511394904iamg@1511394904reuab1511394904nurBM1511394904


    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 / gro.f1511394904ep@st1511394904reboR1511394904nonna1511394904hSM1511394904

Retiree Representative

    Jim Carr

    800-342-4306 x389 / moc.r1511394904r.ynt1511394904s@4rr1511394904acj1511394904

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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