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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.f1560781414ep@oi1560781414notnA1560781414iDR1560781414


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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1560781414ep@yb1560781414sliSM1560781414

    Bill Nolan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462


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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1560781414ep@oe1560781414luPA1560781414


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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1560781414ep@sm1560781414ailli1560781414WC1560781414

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1560781414ep@ma1560781414harbA1560781414L1560781414


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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1560781414ep@dr1560781414offat1560781414SR1560781414

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1560781414ohay@1560781414htenn1560781414eKnei1560781414nyrB1560781414


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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1560781414ep@yk1560781414sfobu1560781414DD1560781414

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1560781414ep@bu1560781414atSS1560781414


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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1560781414ep@yr1560781414aMtSJ1560781414


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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1560781414ep@ye1560781414vaDV1560781414

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair


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

    Mike Blue

    518-785-1900 | gro.f1560781414ep@eu1560781414lBM1560781414

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    518-785-1900 | moc.l1560781414iamg@1560781414oznam1560781414oCT1560781414


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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1560781414ep@su1560781414luaJD1560781414

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1560781414ohay@1560781414022ro1560781414tagit1560781414sevnI1560781414rS1560781414


Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Radhakrishna Mohan

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1560781414ep@na1560781414hoMR1560781414

    Darlene Williams – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1560781414ep@sm1560781414ailli1560781414WD1560781414


Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1560781414ep@re1560781414nnoCO1560781414B1560781414

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1560781414ep@dn1560781414aloRC1560781414


Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1560781414ep@sn1560781414iggiH1560781414N1560781414

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1560781414ep@re1560781414uabnu1560781414rBM1560781414


Trustee

    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1560781414ep@st1560781414reboR1560781414nonna1560781414hSM1560781414


Retiree Representative

    Robert Reynolds

    800-342-4306 x501 | gro.f1560781414ep@sd1560781414lonye1560781414RR1560781414

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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