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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
NYS-PEF
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
Albany NY  12212-2414
W: 800-342-4306 / Fax: 518-783-1117 | gro.f1571063078ep@oi1571063078notnA1571063078iDR1571063078


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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1571063078ep@yb1571063078sliSM1571063078

    Vincent Cicatello – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1571063078ep@ol1571063078letac1571063078iCV1571063078

    Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1571063078ep@nn1571063078aCcMJ1571063078


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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1571063078ep@oe1571063078luPA1571063078

    Lauren Peffer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5001 | moc.o1571063078ohay@1571063078reffe1571063078pneru1571063078al1571063078


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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1571063078ep@sm1571063078ailli1571063078WC1571063078

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1571063078ep@ma1571063078harbA1571063078L1571063078


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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1571063078ep@dr1571063078offat1571063078SR1571063078

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1571063078ohay@1571063078htenn1571063078eKnei1571063078nyrB1571063078


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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1571063078ep@yk1571063078sfobu1571063078DD1571063078

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1571063078ep@bu1571063078atSS1571063078


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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1571063078ep@yr1571063078aMtSJ1571063078

    Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5005 | moc.o1571063078ohay@1571063078ss13a1571063078es1571063078


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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1571063078ep@ye1571063078vaDV1571063078

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair


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

    Mike Blue

    800-342-4306 | gro.f1571063078ep@eu1571063078lBM1571063078

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    800-342-4306 | moc.l1571063078iamg@1571063078oznam1571063078oCT1571063078


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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1571063078ep@su1571063078luaJD1571063078

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1571063078ohay@1571063078022ro1571063078tagit1571063078sevnI1571063078rS1571063078


Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Darlene Williams

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1571063078ep@sm1571063078ailli1571063078WD1571063078

    Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1571063078ep@ni1571063078traMT1571063078

    Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1571063078ep@na1571063078hoMR1571063078


Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1571063078ep@re1571063078nnoCO1571063078B1571063078

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1571063078ep@dn1571063078aloRC1571063078


Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1571063078ep@sn1571063078iggiH1571063078N1571063078

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1571063078ep@re1571063078uabnu1571063078rBM1571063078


Trustee

    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1571063078ep@st1571063078reboR1571063078nonna1571063078hSM1571063078


Retiree Representative

    Jim Carr

    800-342-4306 x501 | moc.l1571063078iamg@1571063078dnalt1571063078roc.r1571063078racj1571063078

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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