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Randi DiAntonio – PEF Vice President

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.

In solidarity,

Randi DiAntonio
PEF Vice President, SWPAC Chair




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


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.

2021 PEF Budget Priorities

2021 State Legislative Agenda

2021 Federal Legislative Agenda

2021-22 PEF Budget Priorities: Letters to Legislators

Expedited Closure of State Prisons and OCFS Facilities
Send pre-written letter:
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 Recognizing our COVID-19 Heroes
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Consolidation of OCFS Community Multi-Services Offices
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Office of Information Technology Services (OITS) in the State Budget
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Retirement Health Care Costs for State Retirees
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Closures and Bed Reductions at OMH
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Funding for SUNY and Other Public Hospitals
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Downsizing within State Agencies​
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Federal Rescue Plan State/Local Aid
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Legislative Budget Testimony - 2021

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.f1614671778ep@oi1614671778notnA1614671778iDR1614671778

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

Michele Silsby

800-462-1462 | gro.f1614671778ep@yb1614671778sliSM1614671778


Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair

800-462-1462 | gro.f1614671778ep@nn1614671778aCcMJ1614671778

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

Andrew Puleo

800-724-5001 | gro.f1614671778ep@oe1614671778luPA1614671778


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


Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5003 | gro.f1614671778ep@ma1614671778harbA1614671778L1614671778

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

Roberta Stafford

800-724-5004 | gro.f1614671778ep@dr1614671778offat1614671778SR1614671778

Gina Corona – PAC Co-Chair

315-243-6399 | gro.f1614671778ep@an1614671778orocg1614671778

Angela Murray – PAC Co-Chair


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

David Dubofsky

800-724-4998 | gro.f1614671778ep@yk1614671778sfobu1614671778DD1614671778

Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-4998 | gro.f1614671778ep@bu1614671778atSS1614671778

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

Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5005 | moc.o1614671778ohay@1614671778ss13a1614671778es1614671778

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

Virginia Davey

888-498-8532 | gro.f1614671778ep@ye1614671778vaDV1614671778

Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair

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

Mike Blue

800-342-4306 | gro.f1614671778ep@eu1614671778lBM1614671778

Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

800-342-4306 | moc.l1614671778iamg@1614671778oznam1614671778oCT1614671778

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

Diane Jaulus

800-548-4870 | gro.f1614671778ep@su1614671778luaJD1614671778

Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

800-548-4870 | moc.o1614671778ohay@1614671778022ro1614671778tagit1614671778sevnI1614671778rS1614671778

Region 10 Chairs – (Manhattan, Bronx)

Darlene Williams

800-522-8700 | gro.f1614671778ep@sm1614671778ailli1614671778WD1614671778

Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair

800-522-8700 | gro.f1614671778ep@ni1614671778traMT1614671778

Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair

800-522-8700 | gro.f1614671778ep@na1614671778hoMR1614671778

Region 11 Chairs – (Kings, Queens, Richmond)

Bernadette O’Conner

866-897-9775 | gro.f1614671778ep@re1614671778nnoCO1614671778B1614671778

Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

866-897-9775 | gro.f1614671778ep@dn1614671778aloRC1614671778

Region 12 Chairs – (Nassau, Suffolk)

Nora Higgins

800-832-5284 | gro.f1614671778ep@sn1614671778iggiH1614671778N1614671778

Kevin Wilson – PAC Co-Chair


Christopher Buman

716-759-4932 | gro.f1614671778ep@na1614671778mubc1614671778

Retiree Representative

Bob Reynolds


Jim Carr

800-342-4306 x501 | moc.l1614671778iamg@1614671778dnalt1614671778roc.r1614671778racj1614671778

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:

PEF Political Action Volunteer Form

  • PEF Member Identification Number

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