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.
Gregory Amorosi – Director
Scott Lorey – Political Organizer/Lobbyist-State
Danielle Little-Thomson – Legislative Assistant
PEF Political Endorsements - 2018
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.
Political Action Committee
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)
800-462-1462 | gro.f1545070783ep@yb1545070783sliSM1545070783
Bill Nolan – PAC Co-Chair
Region 2 Chairs – (Alleghany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates)
800-724-5001 | gro.f1545070783ep@oe1545070783luPA1545070783
Region 3 Chairs – (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne)
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)
800-724-5004 | gro.f1545070783ep@dr1545070783offat1545070783SR1545070783
Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair
Region 5 Chairs – (Broome, Chenango, Delaware Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins)
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)
888-498-8532 | gro.f1545070783ep@ye1545070783vaDV1545070783
Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair
Region 8 Chairs – (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington)
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)
800-548-4870 | gro.f1545070783ep@su1545070783luaJD1545070783
Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair
Region 10 Chairs – (Manhattan, Bronx)
800-522-8700 | gro.f1545070783ep@na1545070783hoMR1545070783
Darlene Williams – PAC Co-Chair
800-522-8700 | gro.f1545070783ep@sm1545070783ailli1545070783WD1545070783
Region 11 Chairs – (Kings, Queens, Richmond)
866-897-9775 | gro.f1545070783ep@re1545070783nnoCO1545070783B1545070783
Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair
866-897-9775 | gro.f1545070783ep@dn1545070783aloRC1545070783
Region 12 Chairs – (Nassau, Suffolk)
631-360-4360 | gro.f1545070783ep@sn1545070783iggiH1545070783N1545070783
Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair
631-360-4360 | gro.f1545070783ep@re1545070783uabnu1545070783rBM1545070783
518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1545070783ep@st1545070783reboR1545070783nonna1545070783hSM1545070783
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: