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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
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
Albany NY  12212-2414
W: 800-342-4306 / Fax: 518-783-1117 | gro.f1585967735ep@oi1585967735notnA1585967735iDR1585967735

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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1585967735ep@yb1585967735sliSM1585967735

    Vincent Cicatello – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1585967735ep@ol1585967735letac1585967735iCV1585967735

    Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1585967735ep@nn1585967735aCcMJ1585967735

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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1585967735ep@oe1585967735luPA1585967735

    Lauren Peffer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5001 | moc.o1585967735ohay@1585967735reffe1585967735pneru1585967735al1585967735

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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1585967735ep@sm1585967735ailli1585967735WC1585967735

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1585967735ep@ma1585967735harbA1585967735L1585967735

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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1585967735ep@dr1585967735offat1585967735SR1585967735

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1585967735ohay@1585967735htenn1585967735eKnei1585967735nyrB1585967735

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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1585967735ep@yk1585967735sfobu1585967735DD1585967735

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1585967735ep@bu1585967735atSS1585967735

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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1585967735ep@yr1585967735aMtSJ1585967735

    Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5005 | moc.o1585967735ohay@1585967735ss13a1585967735es1585967735

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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1585967735ep@ye1585967735vaDV1585967735

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair

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

    Mike Blue

    800-342-4306 | gro.f1585967735ep@eu1585967735lBM1585967735

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    800-342-4306 | moc.l1585967735iamg@1585967735oznam1585967735oCT1585967735

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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1585967735ep@su1585967735luaJD1585967735

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1585967735ohay@1585967735022ro1585967735tagit1585967735sevnI1585967735rS1585967735

Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Darlene Williams

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1585967735ep@sm1585967735ailli1585967735WD1585967735

    Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1585967735ep@ni1585967735traMT1585967735

    Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1585967735ep@na1585967735hoMR1585967735

Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1585967735ep@re1585967735nnoCO1585967735B1585967735

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1585967735ep@dn1585967735aloRC1585967735

Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1585967735ep@sn1585967735iggiH1585967735N1585967735

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1585967735ep@re1585967735uabnu1585967735rBM1585967735


    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1585967735ep@st1585967735reboR1585967735nonna1585967735hSM1585967735

Retiree Representative

    Jim Carr

    800-342-4306 x501 | moc.l1585967735iamg@1585967735dnalt1585967735roc.r1585967735racj1585967735

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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