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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.f1575858781ep@oi1575858781notnA1575858781iDR1575858781

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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1575858781ep@yb1575858781sliSM1575858781

    Vincent Cicatello – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1575858781ep@ol1575858781letac1575858781iCV1575858781

    Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1575858781ep@nn1575858781aCcMJ1575858781

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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1575858781ep@oe1575858781luPA1575858781

    Lauren Peffer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5001 | moc.o1575858781ohay@1575858781reffe1575858781pneru1575858781al1575858781

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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1575858781ep@sm1575858781ailli1575858781WC1575858781

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1575858781ep@ma1575858781harbA1575858781L1575858781

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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1575858781ep@dr1575858781offat1575858781SR1575858781

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1575858781ohay@1575858781htenn1575858781eKnei1575858781nyrB1575858781

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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1575858781ep@yk1575858781sfobu1575858781DD1575858781

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1575858781ep@bu1575858781atSS1575858781

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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1575858781ep@yr1575858781aMtSJ1575858781

    Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5005 | moc.o1575858781ohay@1575858781ss13a1575858781es1575858781

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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1575858781ep@ye1575858781vaDV1575858781

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair

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

    Mike Blue

    800-342-4306 | gro.f1575858781ep@eu1575858781lBM1575858781

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    800-342-4306 | moc.l1575858781iamg@1575858781oznam1575858781oCT1575858781

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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1575858781ep@su1575858781luaJD1575858781

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1575858781ohay@1575858781022ro1575858781tagit1575858781sevnI1575858781rS1575858781

Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Darlene Williams

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1575858781ep@sm1575858781ailli1575858781WD1575858781

    Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1575858781ep@ni1575858781traMT1575858781

    Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1575858781ep@na1575858781hoMR1575858781

Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1575858781ep@re1575858781nnoCO1575858781B1575858781

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1575858781ep@dn1575858781aloRC1575858781

Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1575858781ep@sn1575858781iggiH1575858781N1575858781

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1575858781ep@re1575858781uabnu1575858781rBM1575858781


    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1575858781ep@st1575858781reboR1575858781nonna1575858781hSM1575858781

Retiree Representative

    Jim Carr

    800-342-4306 x501 | moc.l1575858781iamg@1575858781dnalt1575858781roc.r1575858781racj1575858781

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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