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.f1560781414ep@oi1560781414notnA1560781414iDR1560781414
Region 1 Chairs – (Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Niagara, Wyoming)
800-462-1462 | gro.f1560781414ep@yb1560781414sliSM1560781414
Bill Nolan – PAC Co-Chair
Region 2 Chairs – (Alleghany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates)
800-724-5001 | gro.f1560781414ep@oe1560781414luPA1560781414
Region 3 Chairs – (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne)
800-724-5003 | gro.f1560781414ep@sm1560781414ailli1560781414WC1560781414
Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair
800-724-5003 | gro.f1560781414ep@ma1560781414harbA1560781414L1560781414
Region 4 Chairs – (Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca)
800-724-5004 | gro.f1560781414ep@dr1560781414offat1560781414SR1560781414
Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair
Region 5 Chairs – (Broome, Chenango, Delaware Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins)
800-724-4998 | gro.f1560781414ep@yk1560781414sfobu1560781414DD1560781414
Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair
800-724-4998 | gro.f1560781414ep@bu1560781414atSS1560781414
Region 6 Chairs – (Hamilton, Herkimer, Fulton, Madison, Montgomery, Lewis, Oneida)
Jeanette St. Mary
800-724-5005 | gro.f1560781414ep@yr1560781414aMtSJ1560781414
Region 7 Chair – (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence)
888-498-8532 | gro.f1560781414ep@ye1560781414vaDV1560781414
Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair
Region 8 Chairs – (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington)
518-785-1900 | gro.f1560781414ep@eu1560781414lBM1560781414
Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair
518-785-1900 | moc.l1560781414iamg@1560781414oznam1560781414oCT1560781414
Region 9 Chairs – (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester)
800-548-4870 | gro.f1560781414ep@su1560781414luaJD1560781414
Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair
Region 10 Chairs – (Manhattan, Bronx)
800-522-8700 | gro.f1560781414ep@na1560781414hoMR1560781414
Darlene Williams – PAC Co-Chair
800-522-8700 | gro.f1560781414ep@sm1560781414ailli1560781414WD1560781414
Region 11 Chairs – (Kings, Queens, Richmond)
866-897-9775 | gro.f1560781414ep@re1560781414nnoCO1560781414B1560781414
Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair
866-897-9775 | gro.f1560781414ep@dn1560781414aloRC1560781414
Region 12 Chairs – (Nassau, Suffolk)
631-360-4360 | gro.f1560781414ep@sn1560781414iggiH1560781414N1560781414
Morgan Brunbauer – PAC Co-Chair
631-360-4360 | gro.f1560781414ep@re1560781414uabnu1560781414rBM1560781414
518-785-1900 x411 | gro.f1560781414ep@st1560781414reboR1560781414nonna1560781414hSM1560781414
800-342-4306 x501 | gro.f1560781414ep@sd1560781414lonye1560781414RR1560781414
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: