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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.f1556153988ep@oi1556153988notnA1556153988iDR1556153988


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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1556153988ep@yb1556153988sliSM1556153988

    Bill Nolan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462


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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1556153988ep@oe1556153988luPA1556153988


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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1556153988ep@sm1556153988ailli1556153988WC1556153988

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1556153988ep@ma1556153988harbA1556153988L1556153988


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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1556153988ep@dr1556153988offat1556153988SR1556153988

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1556153988ohay@1556153988htenn1556153988eKnei1556153988nyrB1556153988


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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1556153988ep@yk1556153988sfobu1556153988DD1556153988

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1556153988ep@bu1556153988atSS1556153988


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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1556153988ep@yr1556153988aMtSJ1556153988


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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1556153988ep@ye1556153988vaDV1556153988

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair


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

    Mike Blue

    518-785-1900 | gro.f1556153988ep@eu1556153988lBM1556153988

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    518-785-1900 | moc.l1556153988iamg@1556153988oznam1556153988oCT1556153988


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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1556153988ep@su1556153988luaJD1556153988

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1556153988ohay@1556153988022ro1556153988tagit1556153988sevnI1556153988rS1556153988


Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Radhakrishna Mohan

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1556153988ep@na1556153988hoMR1556153988

    Darlene Williams – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1556153988ep@sm1556153988ailli1556153988WD1556153988


Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1556153988ep@re1556153988nnoCO1556153988B1556153988

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1556153988ep@dn1556153988aloRC1556153988


Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1556153988ep@sn1556153988iggiH1556153988N1556153988

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1556153988ep@re1556153988uabnu1556153988rBM1556153988


Trustee

    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1556153988ep@st1556153988reboR1556153988nonna1556153988hSM1556153988


Retiree Representative

    Robert Reynolds

    800-342-4306 x501 | gro.f1556153988ep@sd1556153988lonye1556153988RR1556153988

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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