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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


Legislative Action is needed Today - July 2020

Legislative Action is needed Today!

We have been busy preparing, writing and introducing legislation to deal with issues arising during this emergency. The New York State Legislature is returning to Albany soon and they need to hear from each PEF member:

• Our  frontline and essential members of the state workforce literally put our lives on the line to continue to perform their jobs at a time when many workers were ordered to stay home. If the budget requires cuts to be balanced, then those cuts should be made across the entire spectrum of expenses. If cuts are made to state agencies, then they must also be made to outside private contractors;
• Hazard pay for essential workers represented by PEF;
• Overtime calculation must be based on the PEF contract salary rate or the job rate in which the overtime is performed, whichever is HIGHER;
•  Seek alternative revenue sources;
• Establish State Agency Emergency Planning Protocol
• And support PEF telecommuting legislation

Additional letter to the Governor

• Hazard Pay

We have pre-written the letters for your convenience and to also maximize response

Please send your letter(s) today

A.10755 – Allow Peace Officers to Keep Their Firearms While On-Duty

Any Budget Cuts made to State Agencies must also be made to Outside Private Contractors:

Hazard Pay for Essential Employees:

Correcting Overtime Payment:Calculation

Enact New Revenues Now:

Establishing State Agency Emergency Planning Protocols:

Support Telecommuting Policy for State Employees:

Hazard Pay letter to Governor:

Imagine if each member sent just one letter each?

In Unity,
Wayne Spence
PEF President

If you would rather Call Your Legislator

• Call your Assembly member:  518-455-4100 and ask for your Assemblyperson

Find your Assemblyperson

•  Call your Senator: 518-455-2800 and ask for your Senator OR Find your Senator

What are some other actions you can take?

• Check the PEF website and PEF Facebook page often to make sure you are informed about union activities and the issues facing PEF;
• Help enforce the PEF CONTRACT at your workplace:
•  Go to the PEF website and update your contact information;
•  View the recent Communicator magazine;
• If you have not already done so, Re-commit to your union;

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.

2019 Budget Highlights

2019 Legislative Highlights


2020 State Legislative Agenda

2020 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.f1596899464ep@oi1596899464notnA1596899464iDR1596899464

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

Michele Silsby

800-462-1462 | gro.f1596899464ep@yb1596899464sliSM1596899464

Vincent Cicatello – PAC Co-Chair

800-462-1462 | gro.f1596899464ep@ol1596899464letac1596899464iCV1596899464

Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair

800-462-1462 | gro.f1596899464ep@nn1596899464aCcMJ1596899464

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

Andrew Puleo

800-724-5001 | gro.f1596899464ep@oe1596899464luPA1596899464

Lauren Peffer – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5001 | moc.o1596899464ohay@1596899464reffe1596899464pneru1596899464al1596899464

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

Colleen Williams

800-724-5003 | gro.f1596899464ep@sm1596899464ailli1596899464WC1596899464

Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5003 | gro.f1596899464ep@ma1596899464harbA1596899464L1596899464

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

Roberta Stafford

800-724-5004 | gro.f1596899464ep@dr1596899464offat1596899464SR1596899464

Gina Corona – PAC Co-Chair

315-243-6399 | gro.f1596899464ep@an1596899464orocg1596899464

Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5004 | moc.o1596899464ohay@1596899464htenn1596899464eKnei1596899464nyrB1596899464

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

David Dubofsky

800-724-4998 | gro.f1596899464ep@yk1596899464sfobu1596899464DD1596899464

Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-4998 | gro.f1596899464ep@bu1596899464atSS1596899464

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


Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5005 | moc.o1596899464ohay@1596899464ss13a1596899464es1596899464

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

Virginia Davey

888-498-8532 | gro.f1596899464ep@ye1596899464vaDV1596899464

Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair

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

Mike Blue

800-342-4306 | gro.f1596899464ep@eu1596899464lBM1596899464

Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

800-342-4306 | moc.l1596899464iamg@1596899464oznam1596899464oCT1596899464

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

Diane Jaulus

800-548-4870 | gro.f1596899464ep@su1596899464luaJD1596899464

Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

800-548-4870 | moc.o1596899464ohay@1596899464022ro1596899464tagit1596899464sevnI1596899464rS1596899464

Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

Darlene Williams

800-522-8700 | gro.f1596899464ep@sm1596899464ailli1596899464WD1596899464

Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair

800-522-8700 | gro.f1596899464ep@ni1596899464traMT1596899464

Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair

800-522-8700 | gro.f1596899464ep@na1596899464hoMR1596899464

Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

Bernadette O’Conner

866-897-9775 | gro.f1596899464ep@re1596899464nnoCO1596899464B1596899464

Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

866-897-9775 | gro.f1596899464ep@dn1596899464aloRC1596899464

Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

Nora Higgins

800-832-5284 | gro.f1596899464ep@sn1596899464iggiH1596899464N1596899464

Kevin Wilson – PAC Co-Chair


Christopher Buman

716-759-4932 | gro.f1596899464ep@na1596899464mubc1596899464

Retiree Representative

Bob Reynolds


Jim Carr

800-342-4306 x501 | moc.l1596899464iamg@1596899464dnalt1596899464roc.r1596899464racj1596899464

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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