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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

2018 State Legislative Agenda

2018 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.f1527210497ep@sm1527210497adAA1527210497

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

    Rocco Brindisi

    800-462-1462×105 / gro.f1527210497ep@is1527210497idnir1527210497BR1527210497

    William Nolan

    800-462-1462 / gro.f1527210497ep@na1527210497loNW1527210497

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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 / gro.f1527210497ep@oe1527210497luPA1527210497

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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 / gro.f1527210497ep@sm1527210497ailli1527210497WC1527210497

    Randi DiAntonio

    800-724-5003 / gro.f1527210497ep@oi1527210497notnA1527210497iDR1527210497

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

    Charles McRorie

    800-724-5004 / gro.f1527210497ep@ei1527210497roRcM1527210497C1527210497

    Kenneth Brynien

    800-724-5004 / moc.o1527210497ohay@1527210497htenn1527210497eKnei1527210497nyrB1527210497

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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 / gro.f1527210497ep@yk1527210497sfobu1527210497DD1527210497

    Scott Staub

    800-724-4998 / moc.r1527210497r.ynt1527210497s@1eo1527210497jeitt1527210497ocs1527210497

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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 / gro.f1527210497ep@yr1527210497aMtSJ1527210497

    Sametta Shaw Lipiec

    800-724-5005 / moc.l1527210497iamg@1527210497wahSa1527210497ttema1527210497S1527210497

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

    Ed Snow

    888-498-8532 / gro.f1527210497ep@wo1527210497nSE1527210497

    Ginny Davey

    888-498-8532 / moc.l1527210497iamg@1527210497yevaD1527210497ainig1527210497riV1527210497

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

    Mike Blue

    518-785-1900 / gro.f1527210497ep@eu1527210497lBM1527210497

    Tom Comanzo

    518-785-1900 / gro.f1527210497ep@oz1527210497namoC1527210497T1527210497

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

    Vivian Street

    800-548-4870 / gro.f1527210497ep@te1527210497ertSV1527210497

    Daniel McCormack

    800-548-4870 / moc.o1527210497ohay@1527210497022ro1527210497tagit1527210497sevnI1527210497rS1527210497

Region 10(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Sheik Nabijohn

    800-522-8700/ gro.f1527210497ep@nh1527210497ojiba1527210497NS1527210497

    Brian Purnell

    800-522-8700 / gro.f1527210497ep@ll1527210497enruP1527210497B1527210497

Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Charles Roland

    866-897-9775 / gro.f1527210497ep@dn1527210497aloRC1527210497

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 / gro.f1527210497ep@re1527210497nnoCO1527210497B1527210497

Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    631-360-4360 / gro.f1527210497ep@sn1527210497iggiH1527210497N1527210497

    Morgan Brunbauer

    631-360-4360 / moc.l1527210497iamg@1527210497reuab1527210497nurBM1527210497


    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 / gro.f1527210497ep@st1527210497reboR1527210497nonna1527210497hSM1527210497

Retiree Representative

    Jim Carr

    800-342-4306 x389 / moc.r1527210497r.ynt1527210497s@4rr1527210497acj1527210497

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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