Dear PEF Member:
Thank you for visiting the PEF Political Action page. This page is specifically designed with resources and information to help you navigate the complex world of legislation and politics in New York state.
Your PEF leadership team understands that the union’s involvement in the political and legislative action is absolutely critical to you and every PEF member. We need to be involved because our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. and in Albany enact laws and implement policies that impact the terms and conditions of your employment, as well as your health and retirement benefits.
We know that there are politicians who will use any excuse to cut your retirement benefits, increase your health care costs, eliminate your due process rights or privatize your job. Your union makes sure you are represented and heard by monitoring bill introductions, attending and testifying at public hearings, conducting bill analyses, drafting new bills, developing amendments to pending bills and developing talking points and memoranda in support or opposition to pending legislation.
PEF’s legislative team is responsible for representing the interests of PEF members on pending legislative and regulatory issues and with pursuing the union’s legislative and political agendas as established under PEF policy. These legislative and political agendas are authorized under the direction of the president and in cooperation with the Regional and Statewide Political Action Committees and the Executive Board or as outlined in the resolutions advanced by rank-and-file members and adopted by delegates at the union’s annual convention.
PEF’s success is contingent on the involvement and action of rank-and-file members like you. In furtherance of this work, PEF staff develop legislative advocacy programs to engage our members in the legislative process utilizing activities like meeting with legislators, letter writing campaigns, writing op eds and letters to the editor and gathering member petitions. We also engage members in political campaigns to support “union-friendly” candidates for federal, state and local office. In support of our endorsed candidates, members engage in a wide array of activities like gathering party petitions, making phone calls, distributing literature and educating other PEF members about the issues.
I encourage you to read through the materials on this site, to talk to other PEF members and leaders and to join us in lobbying on legislation and supporting candidates for office. Only by working together can we hope to protect what we have earned, get what we need to do our jobs effectively and expand the benefits and protections provided to PEF members.
As always, your union stands ready to help as needed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
PEF Vice President, SWPAC Chair
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.
Patrick Lyons – Legislative Director
Leah Gonzalez – Political Director
Scott Lorey – Political Organizer/Lobbyist-State
Danielle Little-Thomson – Legislative Assistant
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.
Letters to Legislators
April 14, 2021: Letter to NY Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Legislative Budget Testimony - 2021
Political Action Committee
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
Albany NY 12212-2414
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Region 1 Chairs – (Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Niagara, Wyoming)
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Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair
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Region 2 Chairs – (Alleghany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates)
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Region 3 Chairs – (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne)
Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair
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Region 4 Chairs – (Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca)
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Gina Corona – PAC Co-Chair
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Angela Murray – PAC Co-Chair
Region 5 Chairs – (Broome, Chenango, Delaware Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins)
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Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair
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Region 6 Chairs – (Hamilton, Herkimer, Fulton, Madison, Montgomery, Lewis, Oneida)
Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair
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Region 7 Chair – (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence)
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Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair
Region 8 Chairs – (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington)
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Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair
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Region 9 Chairs – (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester)
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Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair
Region 10 Chairs – (Manhattan, Bronx)
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Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair
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Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair
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Region 11 Chairs – (Kings, Queens, Richmond)
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Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair
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Region 12 Chairs – (Nassau, Suffolk)
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Kevin Wilson – PAC Co-Chair
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Videos - Why Politics Matter: The Union as a Force for Change
2020 PEF Convention: PAC Roundtable – Leah Gonzalez
2020 PEF Convention: PAC Roundtable – Randi DiAntonio
2020 PEF Convention: PAC Roundtable – Patrick Lyons
2020 PEF Convention: Race Roundtable
2020 PEF Convention: Labor Management Roundtable
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: