• DMV investigators target identity theft, underage drinking

    DMV investigators target identity theft, underage drinking

    Teenagers attending concerts across the state could find themselves confronted by state investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles if they flash fake IDs in hopes of purchasing alcohol. Operation Prevent puts DMV investigators on the ground to detect fake IDs at CMAC in Canandaigua, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center,...

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  • Muriel Hardy-Lee takes new role as PEF trustee

    Muriel Hardy-Lee takes new role as PEF trustee

    Muriel Hardy-Lee was just elected in June to a first term as a PEF trustee.  It’s a watchdog role she shares with two other trustees, Chris Buman and Bruce Giddings. A social work assistant 3 at the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Hardy-Lee entered state service in 1988 at Bronx...

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  • Joe Donahue sworn in as new secretary-treasurer

    Joe Donahue sworn in as new secretary-treasurer

    Saving money and cutting costs, compliance with laws and regulations, and accountability – those are fundamental responsibilities for being a good secretary-treasurer says Joe Donahue, who now holds that very important PEF post for the first time. Donahue is a senior administrative analyst at the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, where he has worked...

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  • 2021 Audited Financial Statements

    2021 Audited Financial Statements

    2021 Audited Financial Statements

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  • Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2021

    Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2021

    The following proposed amendment to Article IX, B, 1 of the PEF Constitution will be presented for ratification to delegates at the 2021 PEF Convention. The amendment was approved by the PEF Executive Board at its August 26 and 27, 2021, meeting for presentation to the Delegates. The amendment would change the required signatures on...

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  • 2021 Delegate List

    2021 Delegate List

    43rd Annual Convention Delegate Information Click here for PDF

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  • Reasonable accommodation to continue working at home – RA Denied 

    Reasonable accommodation to continue working at home – RA Denied 

    Before COVID, Joan Schiener, who lives 55 miles from her office, rented a room in Rochester to continue working at NYSIF. The pandemic changed that arrangement and her room is no longer available. NYSIF wants her back at the office. At 69 years old, the situation is unsustainable and she asked for reasonable accommodation to...

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  • Work from home – RA Denied

    Work from home – RA Denied

    NYSIF determined it would also be a hardship to the agency if Ellen Kurzdorfer, who has permanent hip and back injuries, continued to work from home. The bigger hardship, Kurzdorfer maintains, would be if she were to retire instead in the wake of her RA denial. “They think I’m causing an undue hardship by asking...

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  • Member with ill child – RA Denied

    Member with ill child – RA Denied

    PEF member Tiffany Sutherland gave birth in April 2020, just as New York was going “on pause” and the state workforce converted to working at home. Her son Slade had health issues from birth, initially nothing she thought would be too concerning. After four months of her planned seven-month maternity leave, Sutherland was able to...

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