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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
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
Albany NY  12212-2414
W: 800-342-4306 / Fax: 518-783-1117 | gro.f1566619795ep@oi1566619795notnA1566619795iDR1566619795

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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1566619795ep@yb1566619795sliSM1566619795

    Vincent Cicatello – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1566619795ep@ol1566619795letac1566619795iCV1566619795

    Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1566619795ep@nn1566619795aCcMJ1566619795

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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1566619795ep@oe1566619795luPA1566619795

    Lauren Peffer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5001 | moc.o1566619795ohay@1566619795reffe1566619795pneru1566619795al1566619795

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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1566619795ep@sm1566619795ailli1566619795WC1566619795

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1566619795ep@ma1566619795harbA1566619795L1566619795

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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1566619795ep@dr1566619795offat1566619795SR1566619795

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1566619795ohay@1566619795htenn1566619795eKnei1566619795nyrB1566619795

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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1566619795ep@yk1566619795sfobu1566619795DD1566619795

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1566619795ep@bu1566619795atSS1566619795

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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1566619795ep@yr1566619795aMtSJ1566619795

    Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5005 | moc.o1566619795ohay@1566619795ss13a1566619795es1566619795

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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1566619795ep@ye1566619795vaDV1566619795

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair

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

    Mike Blue

    800-342-4306 | gro.f1566619795ep@eu1566619795lBM1566619795

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    800-342-4306 | moc.l1566619795iamg@1566619795oznam1566619795oCT1566619795

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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1566619795ep@su1566619795luaJD1566619795

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1566619795ohay@1566619795022ro1566619795tagit1566619795sevnI1566619795rS1566619795

Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Darlene Williams

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1566619795ep@sm1566619795ailli1566619795WD1566619795

    Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1566619795ep@ni1566619795traMT1566619795

    Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1566619795ep@na1566619795hoMR1566619795

Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1566619795ep@re1566619795nnoCO1566619795B1566619795

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1566619795ep@dn1566619795aloRC1566619795

Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1566619795ep@sn1566619795iggiH1566619795N1566619795

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1566619795ep@re1566619795uabnu1566619795rBM1566619795


    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1566619795ep@st1566619795reboR1566619795nonna1566619795hSM1566619795

Retiree Representative

    Jim Carr

    800-342-4306 x501 | moc.l1566619795iamg@1566619795dnalt1566619795roc.r1566619795racj1566619795

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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