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
Indira Bokobza – Lobbyist-Federal/Political Organizer
Danielle Little-Thomson – Legislative Assistant
PEF Political Endorsements
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
Kenneth Brynien, Interim SWPAC Chair
Adreina Adams, Deputy Chair
NYS-PEF, 1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
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Region 1 Chairs (Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Niagara)
Region 2 Chair (Alleghany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates)
Region 3 Chairs (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario Orleans)
Region 4 Chairs (Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca)
Region 5 Chairs (Broome, Chenango, Delaware Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins)
Region 6 Chair (Hamilton, Herkimer, Fulton, Madison, Montgomery, Lewis Oneida)
Jeanette St. Mary
Region 7 Chairs (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence)
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Region 8 Chairs (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington)
Region 9 Chairs (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester)
Region 10 Chairs (Manhattan, Bronx)
Region 11 Chairs (Kings, Queens, Richmond)
Jemma Marie Hanson
Region 12 Chair (Nassau, Suffolk)
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: