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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

Indira Bokobza – Lobbyist-Federal/Political Organizer

Danielle Little-Thomson – Legislative Assistant

PEF Political Endorsements

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.

2016-17 Budget Highlights

Consultant Services Report 2016-17

Workforce Impact Summary Report 2016-17

2017 State Legislative Agenda

2017 Federal Legislative Agenda

Political Action Committee

Adreina Adams – Vice President, SWPAC Chair
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
Albany NY  12212-2414
W: 800-342-4306 / Fax: 518-783-1117 / gro.f1506371428ep@sm1506371428adAA1506371428

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

    Rocco Brindisi

    800-462-1462×105 / gro.f1506371428ep@is1506371428idnir1506371428BR1506371428

    William Nolan

    800-462-1462 / gro.f1506371428ep@na1506371428loNW1506371428

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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 / gro.f1506371428ep@oe1506371428luPA1506371428

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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 / gro.f1506371428ep@sm1506371428ailli1506371428WC1506371428

    Randi DiAntonio

    800-724-5003 / gro.f1506371428ep@oi1506371428notnA1506371428iDR1506371428

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

    Charles McRorie

    800-724-5004 / gro.f1506371428ep@ei1506371428roRcM1506371428C1506371428

    Kenneth Brynien

    800-724-5004 / moc.o1506371428ohay@1506371428htenn1506371428eKnei1506371428nyrB1506371428

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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 / gro.f1506371428ep@yk1506371428sfobu1506371428DD1506371428

    Scott Staub

    800-724-4998 / moc.r1506371428r.ynt1506371428s@1eo1506371428jeitt1506371428ocs1506371428

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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 / gro.f1506371428ep@yr1506371428aMtSJ1506371428

    Sametta Shaw Lipiec

    800-724-5005 / moc.l1506371428iamg@1506371428wahSa1506371428ttema1506371428S1506371428

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

    Ed Snow

    888-498-8532 / gro.f1506371428ep@wo1506371428nSE1506371428

    Ginny Davey

    888-498-8532 / moc.l1506371428iamg@1506371428yevaD1506371428ainig1506371428riV1506371428

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

    Mike Blue

    518-785-1900 / gro.f1506371428ep@eu1506371428lBM1506371428

    Tom Comanzo

    518-785-1900 / gro.f1506371428ep@oz1506371428namoC1506371428T1506371428

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

    Vivian Street

    800-548-4870 / gro.f1506371428ep@te1506371428ertSV1506371428

    Daniel McCormack

    800-548-4870 / moc.o1506371428ohay@1506371428022ro1506371428tagit1506371428sevnI1506371428rS1506371428

Region 10(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Sheik Nabijohn

    800-522-8700/ gro.f1506371428ep@nh1506371428ojiba1506371428NS1506371428

    Brian Purnell

    800-522-8700 / gro.f1506371428ep@ll1506371428enruP1506371428B1506371428

Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Charles Roland

    866-897-9775 / gro.f1506371428ep@dn1506371428aloRC1506371428

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 / gro.f1506371428ep@re1506371428nnoCO1506371428B1506371428

Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    631-360-4360 / gro.f1506371428ep@sn1506371428iggiH1506371428N1506371428

    Morgan Brunbauer

    631-360-4360 / moc.l1506371428iamg@1506371428reuab1506371428nurBM1506371428


    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 / gro.f1506371428ep@st1506371428reboR1506371428nonna1506371428hSM1506371428

Retiree Representative

    Jim Carr

    800-342-4306 x389 / moc.r1506371428r.ynt1506371428s@4rr1506371428acj1506371428

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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