PEF leaders and political activists were part of a whirlwind of events related to the 45th Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators held February 12-14 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany that gave them ample opportunities to meet and talk with legislators informally about the state budget and other issues.
The Black Caucus of PEF hosted its annual legislative reception Friday, Feb. 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn. PEF President Wayne Spence was among the panelists speaking at a packed Saturday morning workshop on the potential effects of two important cases, Friedrichs v. CTA and Evenwel v. Abbott, that are currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Later that day, PEF hosted its own annual legislative reception at the plaza’s Cornerstone Restaurant. The receptions were well attended by members of the state Assembly and Senate, including Sen. Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman, a former PEF member from the state Education Department who was just elected last November, attended both PEF receptions.
PEF also had a booth on the plaza concourse Saturday to greet visitors and share information about the union.