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Political Action

Dear PEF Members,

Every election matters. Who we choose on November 3 to represent us in the New York State Senate, Assembly, Congress and the White House, will have a drastic impact on the future of organized labor in this country.

So much is at stake: Wages, benefits, workplace safety, health care — everything we collectively bargain for is on the line. We need elected leaders who support PEF priorities.

That’s why I’m glad you came to this page to inform yourself before Election Day. Here are the key dates between now and November 3:

• If you’re not already registered to vote, October 9 is the last day to do that in New York.

• Early voting begins on October 24Find your polling place here.

• If you are voting via absentee ballot this year, the last day to request one is October 27. Additional instructions and deadlines regarding absentee voting can be seen here.

Finally, we ask that you educate yourself about who your union has endorsed prior to casting your vote. Each potential candidate was sent a labor questionnaire from your  regional political action committee (PAC). Your PAC then attempted to interview each candidate in person and recommended candidates for endorsement to the PEF statewide political action committee (SWPAC). These recommendations were based on the candidates’ support for PEF policies and previous voting records. The SWPAC reviewed all local recommendations to ensure those recommendations corresponded with PEF legislative initiatives and will bolster union interests. The Executive Board voted on August 28 and 29 to create a final slate of candidates who moved through the many steps to earn a coveted PEF endorsement.

• 2020 PEF-endorsed Presidential Candidate: Joe Biden
– Help phone bank for Biden at https://joebiden.com/call/​
• 2020 PEF Senate Endorsed Candidates
• 2020 PEF Endorsements for U.S. Congress
• 2020 PEF-endorsed Assembly Candidates

Thank you again for your involvement in the electoral process. Your vote matters. Your union matters. Together, let’s make our voices heard.

Wayne Spence Randi DiAntonio
President Vice President


Legislative Office

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:

Patrick Lyons – Legislative Director

Leah Gonzalez – Political Director

Scott Lorey – Political Organizer/Lobbyist-State

Danielle Little-Thomson – Legislative Assistant

Early Voting and Absentee Voting by Mail

Early Voting and Absentee Voting by Mail – By County

PEF Political Endorsements - 2020

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.

2019 Budget Highlights

2019 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.f1603122060ep@oi1603122060notnA1603122060iDR1603122060

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

Michele Silsby

800-462-1462 | gro.f1603122060ep@yb1603122060sliSM1603122060

Vincent Cicatello – PAC Co-Chair

800-462-1462 | gro.f1603122060ep@ol1603122060letac1603122060iCV1603122060

Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair

800-462-1462 | gro.f1603122060ep@nn1603122060aCcMJ1603122060

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

Andrew Puleo

800-724-5001 | gro.f1603122060ep@oe1603122060luPA1603122060

Lauren Peffer – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5001 | moc.o1603122060ohay@1603122060reffe1603122060pneru1603122060al1603122060

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

Colleen Williams

800-724-5003 | gro.f1603122060ep@sm1603122060ailli1603122060WC1603122060

Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5003 | gro.f1603122060ep@ma1603122060harbA1603122060L1603122060

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

Roberta Stafford

800-724-5004 | gro.f1603122060ep@dr1603122060offat1603122060SR1603122060

Gina Corona – PAC Co-Chair

315-243-6399 | gro.f1603122060ep@an1603122060orocg1603122060

Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5004 | moc.o1603122060ohay@1603122060htenn1603122060eKnei1603122060nyrB1603122060

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

David Dubofsky

800-724-4998 | gro.f1603122060ep@yk1603122060sfobu1603122060DD1603122060

Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-4998 | gro.f1603122060ep@bu1603122060atSS1603122060

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

Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5005 | moc.o1603122060ohay@1603122060ss13a1603122060es1603122060

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

Virginia Davey

888-498-8532 | gro.f1603122060ep@ye1603122060vaDV1603122060

Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair

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

Mike Blue

800-342-4306 | gro.f1603122060ep@eu1603122060lBM1603122060

Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

800-342-4306 | moc.l1603122060iamg@1603122060oznam1603122060oCT1603122060

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

Diane Jaulus

800-548-4870 | gro.f1603122060ep@su1603122060luaJD1603122060

Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

800-548-4870 | moc.o1603122060ohay@1603122060022ro1603122060tagit1603122060sevnI1603122060rS1603122060

Region 10 Chairs – (Manhattan, Bronx)

Darlene Williams

800-522-8700 | gro.f1603122060ep@sm1603122060ailli1603122060WD1603122060

Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair

800-522-8700 | gro.f1603122060ep@ni1603122060traMT1603122060

Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair

800-522-8700 | gro.f1603122060ep@na1603122060hoMR1603122060

Region 11 Chairs – (Kings, Queens, Richmond)

Bernadette O’Conner

866-897-9775 | gro.f1603122060ep@re1603122060nnoCO1603122060B1603122060

Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

866-897-9775 | gro.f1603122060ep@dn1603122060aloRC1603122060

Region 12 Chairs – (Nassau, Suffolk)

Nora Higgins

800-832-5284 | gro.f1603122060ep@sn1603122060iggiH1603122060N1603122060

Kevin Wilson – PAC Co-Chair


Christopher Buman

716-759-4932 | gro.f1603122060ep@na1603122060mubc1603122060

Retiree Representative

Bob Reynolds


Jim Carr

800-342-4306 x501 | moc.l1603122060iamg@1603122060dnalt1603122060roc.r1603122060racj1603122060

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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