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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.f1582332333ep@oi1582332333notnA1582332333iDR1582332333

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

    Michele Silsby

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1582332333ep@yb1582332333sliSM1582332333

    Vincent Cicatello – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1582332333ep@ol1582332333letac1582332333iCV1582332333

    Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair

    800-462-1462 | gro.f1582332333ep@nn1582332333aCcMJ1582332333

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

    Andrew Puleo

    800-724-5001 | gro.f1582332333ep@oe1582332333luPA1582332333

    Lauren Peffer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5001 | moc.o1582332333ohay@1582332333reffe1582332333pneru1582332333al1582332333

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

    Colleen Williams

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1582332333ep@sm1582332333ailli1582332333WC1582332333

    Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5003 | gro.f1582332333ep@ma1582332333harbA1582332333L1582332333

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

    Roberta Stafford

    800-724-5004 | gro.f1582332333ep@dr1582332333offat1582332333SR1582332333

    Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5004 | moc.o1582332333ohay@1582332333htenn1582332333eKnei1582332333nyrB1582332333

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

    David Dubofsky

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1582332333ep@yk1582332333sfobu1582332333DD1582332333

    Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-4998 | gro.f1582332333ep@bu1582332333atSS1582332333

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

    Jeanette St. Mary

    800-724-5005 | gro.f1582332333ep@yr1582332333aMtSJ1582332333

    Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-724-5005 | moc.o1582332333ohay@1582332333ss13a1582332333es1582332333

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

    Virginia Davey

    888-498-8532 | gro.f1582332333ep@ye1582332333vaDV1582332333

    Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair

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

    Mike Blue

    800-342-4306 | gro.f1582332333ep@eu1582332333lBM1582332333

    Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

    800-342-4306 | moc.l1582332333iamg@1582332333oznam1582332333oCT1582332333

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

    Diane Jaulus

    800-548-4870 | gro.f1582332333ep@su1582332333luaJD1582332333

    Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

    800-548-4870 | moc.o1582332333ohay@1582332333022ro1582332333tagit1582332333sevnI1582332333rS1582332333

Region 10 Chairs(Manhattan, Bronx)

    Darlene Williams

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1582332333ep@sm1582332333ailli1582332333WD1582332333

    Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1582332333ep@ni1582332333traMT1582332333

    Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair

    800-522-8700 | gro.f1582332333ep@na1582332333hoMR1582332333

Region 11 Chairs(Kings, Queens, Richmond)

    Bernadette O’Conner

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1582332333ep@re1582332333nnoCO1582332333B1582332333

    Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

    866-897-9775 | gro.f1582332333ep@dn1582332333aloRC1582332333

Region 12 Chairs(Nassau, Suffolk)

    Nora Higgins

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1582332333ep@sn1582332333iggiH1582332333N1582332333

    Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair

    800-832-5284 | gro.f1582332333ep@re1582332333uabnu1582332333rBM1582332333


    Maddie Shannon-Roberts

    518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1582332333ep@st1582332333reboR1582332333nonna1582332333hSM1582332333

Retiree Representative

    Jim Carr

    800-342-4306 x501 | moc.l1582332333iamg@1582332333dnalt1582332333roc.r1582332333racj1582332333

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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