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.
Gregory Amorosi – Director
Scott Lorey – Political Organizer/Lobbyist-State
Danielle Little-Thomson – Legislative Assistant
PEF Political Endorsements - 2018
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.
Political Action Committee
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
Albany NY 12212-2414
W: 800-342-4306 / Fax: 518-783-1117 | gro.f1556153988ep@oi1556153988notnA1556153988iDR1556153988
Region 1 Chairs – (Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Niagara, Wyoming)
800-462-1462 | gro.f1556153988ep@yb1556153988sliSM1556153988
Bill Nolan – PAC Co-Chair
Region 2 Chairs – (Alleghany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates)
800-724-5001 | gro.f1556153988ep@oe1556153988luPA1556153988
Region 3 Chairs – (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne)
800-724-5003 | gro.f1556153988ep@sm1556153988ailli1556153988WC1556153988
Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair
800-724-5003 | gro.f1556153988ep@ma1556153988harbA1556153988L1556153988
Region 4 Chairs – (Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca)
800-724-5004 | gro.f1556153988ep@dr1556153988offat1556153988SR1556153988
Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair
Region 5 Chairs – (Broome, Chenango, Delaware Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins)
800-724-4998 | gro.f1556153988ep@yk1556153988sfobu1556153988DD1556153988
Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair
800-724-4998 | gro.f1556153988ep@bu1556153988atSS1556153988
Region 6 Chairs – (Hamilton, Herkimer, Fulton, Madison, Montgomery, Lewis, Oneida)
Jeanette St. Mary
800-724-5005 | gro.f1556153988ep@yr1556153988aMtSJ1556153988
Region 7 Chair – (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence)
888-498-8532 | gro.f1556153988ep@ye1556153988vaDV1556153988
Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair
Region 8 Chairs – (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington)
518-785-1900 | gro.f1556153988ep@eu1556153988lBM1556153988
Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair
518-785-1900 | moc.l1556153988iamg@1556153988oznam1556153988oCT1556153988
Region 9 Chairs – (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester)
800-548-4870 | gro.f1556153988ep@su1556153988luaJD1556153988
Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair
Region 10 Chairs – (Manhattan, Bronx)
800-522-8700 | gro.f1556153988ep@na1556153988hoMR1556153988
Darlene Williams – PAC Co-Chair
800-522-8700 | gro.f1556153988ep@sm1556153988ailli1556153988WD1556153988
Region 11 Chairs – (Kings, Queens, Richmond)
866-897-9775 | gro.f1556153988ep@re1556153988nnoCO1556153988B1556153988
Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair
866-897-9775 | gro.f1556153988ep@dn1556153988aloRC1556153988
Region 12 Chairs – (Nassau, Suffolk)
631-360-4360 | gro.f1556153988ep@sn1556153988iggiH1556153988N1556153988
Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair
631-360-4360 | gro.f1556153988ep@re1556153988uabnu1556153988rBM1556153988
518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1556153988ep@st1556153988reboR1556153988nonna1556153988hSM1556153988
800-342-4306 x501 | gro.f1556153988ep@sd1556153988lonye1556153988RR1556153988
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: