Dear PEF Members,

Every election matters. Who we choose on November 3 to represent us in the New York State Senate, Assembly, Congress and the White House, will have a drastic impact on the future of organized labor in this country.

So much is at stake: Wages, benefits, workplace safety, health care — everything we collectively bargain for is on the line. We need elected leaders who support PEF priorities.

That’s why I’m glad you came to this page to inform yourself before Election Day. Here are the key dates between now and November 3:

• If you’re not already registered to vote, October 9 is the last day to do that in New York.

• Early voting begins on October 24. Find your polling place here.

• If you are voting via absentee ballot this year, the last day to request one is October 27. Additional instructions and deadlines regarding absentee voting can be seen here.

Finally, as President Spence wrote in his Message to members in the September issue of the Communicator, PEF asks that you educate yourself about who your union has endorsed prior to casting your vote. Each potential candidate was sent a labor questionnaire from your your regional PAC cmte (PAC). Your PAC then attempted to interview each candidate in person and recommended candidates for endorsement to the PEF statewide political action committee (SWPAC). These recommendations were based on the candidates support for PEF policies and previous voting records. The SWPAC reviewed all local recommendations to ensure those recommendations corresponded with PEF legislative initiatives and will bolster union interests. The Executive Board voted on August 28 and 29 to create a final slate of candidates who moved through the many steps to earn a coveted PEF endorsement.

• 2020 PEF-endorsed Presidential Candidate: Joe Biden
• 2020 PEF Senate Endorsed Candidates
• 2020 PEF Endorsements for U.S. Congress
• 2020 PEF-endorsed Assembly Candidates

Thank you again for your involvement in the electoral process. Your vote matters. Your union matters. Together, let’s make our voices heard.

Wayne Spence           Randi DiAntonio
President                    Vice President

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.

Legislative Staff:

Patrick Lyons – Director

Scott Lorey – Political Organizer/Lobbyist-State

Danielle Little-Thomson – Legislative Assistant

Early Voting and Absentee Voting by Mail

Early Voting and Absentee Voting by Mail – By County

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.

2019 Budget Highlights

2019 Legislative Highlights

2020 State Legislative Agenda

2020 Federal Legislative Agenda

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.f1627857196ep@oi1627857196notnA1627857196iDR1627857196

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

Michele Silsby

800-462-1462 | gro.f1627857196ep@yb1627857196sliSM1627857196

Vincent Cicatello – PAC Co-Chair

800-462-1462 | gro.f1627857196ep@ol1627857196letac1627857196iCV1627857196

Joe McCann – PAC Co-Chair

800-462-1462 | gro.f1627857196ep@nn1627857196aCcMJ1627857196

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

Andrew Puleo

800-724-5001 | gro.f1627857196ep@oe1627857196luPA1627857196

Lauren Peffer – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5001 | moc.o1627857196ohay@1627857196reffe1627857196pneru1627857196al1627857196

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

Colleen Williams

800-724-5003 | gro.f1627857196ep@sm1627857196ailli1627857196WC1627857196

Leisa Abraham – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5003 | gro.f1627857196ep@ma1627857196harbA1627857196L1627857196

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

Roberta Stafford

800-724-5004 | gro.f1627857196ep@dr1627857196offat1627857196SR1627857196

Gina Corona – PAC Co-Chair

315-243-6399 | gro.f1627857196ep@an1627857196orocg1627857196

Kenneth Brynien – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5004 | moc.o1627857196ohay@1627857196htenn1627857196eKnei1627857196nyrB1627857196

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

David Dubofsky

800-724-4998 | gro.f1627857196ep@yk1627857196sfobu1627857196DD1627857196

Scott Staub – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-4998 | gro.f1627857196ep@bu1627857196atSS1627857196

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

Daniel Joaquin – PAC Co-Chair

800-724-5005 | moc.o1627857196ohay@1627857196ss13a1627857196es1627857196

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

Virginia Davey

888-498-8532 | gro.f1627857196ep@ye1627857196vaDV1627857196

Vernon (Sam) Burns – PAC Co-Chair

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

Mike Blue

800-342-4306 | gro.f1627857196ep@eu1627857196lBM1627857196

Tom Comanzo – PAC Co-Chair

800-342-4306 | moc.l1627857196iamg@1627857196oznam1627857196oCT1627857196

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

Diane Jaulus

800-548-4870 | gro.f1627857196ep@su1627857196luaJD1627857196

Daniel McCormack – PAC Co-Chair

800-548-4870 | moc.o1627857196ohay@1627857196022ro1627857196tagit1627857196sevnI1627857196rS1627857196

Region 10 Chairs – (Manhattan, Bronx)

Darlene Williams

800-522-8700 | gro.f1627857196ep@sm1627857196ailli1627857196WD1627857196

Tamara Martin – PAC Co-Chair

800-522-8700 | gro.f1627857196ep@ni1627857196traMT1627857196

Radhakrishna Mohan – PAC Co-Chair

800-522-8700 | gro.f1627857196ep@na1627857196hoMR1627857196

Region 11 Chairs – (Kings, Queens, Richmond)

Bernadette O’Conner

866-897-9775 | gro.f1627857196ep@re1627857196nnoCO1627857196B1627857196

Charles Roland – PAC Co-Chair

866-897-9775 | gro.f1627857196ep@dn1627857196aloRC1627857196

Region 12 Chairs – (Nassau, Suffolk)

Nora Higgins

800-832-5284 | gro.f1627857196ep@sn1627857196iggiH1627857196N1627857196

Kevin Wilson – PAC Co-Chair


Christopher Buman

716-759-4932 | gro.f1627857196ep@na1627857196mubc1627857196

Retiree Representative

Bob Reynolds


Jim Carr

800-342-4306 x501 | moc.l1627857196iamg@1627857196dnalt1627857196roc.r1627857196racj1627857196

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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