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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

2018 State Legislative Agenda

2018 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.f1545070783ep@oi1545070783notnA1545070783iDR1545070783


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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1545070783ep@yb1545070783sliSM1545070783

    Bill Nolan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462


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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1545070783ep@oe1545070783luPA1545070783


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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1545070783ep@sm1545070783ailli1545070783WC1545070783

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1545070783ep@ma1545070783harbA1545070783L1545070783


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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1545070783ep@dr1545070783offat1545070783SR1545070783

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1545070783ohay@1545070783htenn1545070783eKnei1545070783nyrB1545070783


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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1545070783ep@yk1545070783sfobu1545070783DD1545070783

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1545070783ep@bu1545070783atSS1545070783


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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1545070783ep@yr1545070783aMtSJ1545070783


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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1545070783ep@ye1545070783vaDV1545070783

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair


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

    Mike Blue

    518-785-1900 | gro.f1545070783ep@eu1545070783lBM1545070783

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    518-785-1900 | moc.l1545070783iamg@1545070783oznam1545070783oCT1545070783


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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1545070783ep@su1545070783luaJD1545070783

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1545070783ohay@1545070783022ro1545070783tagit1545070783sevnI1545070783rS1545070783


Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Radhakrishna Mohan

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1545070783ep@na1545070783hoMR1545070783

    Darlene Williams – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1545070783ep@sm1545070783ailli1545070783WD1545070783


Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1545070783ep@re1545070783nnoCO1545070783B1545070783

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1545070783ep@dn1545070783aloRC1545070783


Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1545070783ep@sn1545070783iggiH1545070783N1545070783

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    631-360-4360 | gro.f1545070783ep@re1545070783uabnu1545070783rBM1545070783


Trustee

    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1545070783ep@st1545070783reboR1545070783nonna1545070783hSM1545070783


Retiree Representative

    Robert Reynolds

    800-342-4306 x501 | gro.f1545070783ep@sd1545070783lonye1545070783RR1545070783

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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