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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:

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

2020 State Legislative Agenda

2020 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.f1591178151ep@oi1591178151notnA1591178151iDR1591178151


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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1591178151ep@yb1591178151sliSM1591178151

    Vincent Cicatello – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1591178151ep@ol1591178151letac1591178151iCV1591178151

    Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1591178151ep@nn1591178151aCcMJ1591178151


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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1591178151ep@oe1591178151luPA1591178151

    Lauren Peffer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5001 | moc.o1591178151ohay@1591178151reffe1591178151pneru1591178151al1591178151


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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1591178151ep@sm1591178151ailli1591178151WC1591178151

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1591178151ep@ma1591178151harbA1591178151L1591178151


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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1591178151ep@dr1591178151offat1591178151SR1591178151

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1591178151ohay@1591178151htenn1591178151eKnei1591178151nyrB1591178151


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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1591178151ep@yk1591178151sfobu1591178151DD1591178151

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1591178151ep@bu1591178151atSS1591178151


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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1591178151ep@yr1591178151aMtSJ1591178151

    Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5005 | moc.o1591178151ohay@1591178151ss13a1591178151es1591178151


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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1591178151ep@ye1591178151vaDV1591178151

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair


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

    Mike Blue

    800-342-4306 | gro.f1591178151ep@eu1591178151lBM1591178151

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    800-342-4306 | moc.l1591178151iamg@1591178151oznam1591178151oCT1591178151


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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1591178151ep@su1591178151luaJD1591178151

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1591178151ohay@1591178151022ro1591178151tagit1591178151sevnI1591178151rS1591178151


Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Darlene Williams

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1591178151ep@sm1591178151ailli1591178151WD1591178151

    Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1591178151ep@ni1591178151traMT1591178151

    Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1591178151ep@na1591178151hoMR1591178151


Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1591178151ep@re1591178151nnoCO1591178151B1591178151

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1591178151ep@dn1591178151aloRC1591178151


Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1591178151ep@sn1591178151iggiH1591178151N1591178151

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1591178151ep@re1591178151uabnu1591178151rBM1591178151


Trustee

    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1591178151ep@st1591178151reboR1591178151nonna1591178151hSM1591178151


Retiree Representative

    Jim Carr

    800-342-4306 x501 | moc.l1591178151iamg@1591178151dnalt1591178151roc.r1591178151racj1591178151

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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