• Attorney General delivers Convention keynote

    Attorney General delivers Convention keynote

    November 4, 2021 — “I say ‘power,’ you say ‘PEF’!” That’s what New York State Attorney General Letitia James called out as she addressed delegates at PEF’s annual Convention in Niagara Falls on Oct. 25. “New York State is the second most unionized state in the nation and one of just two states with union...

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  • PEF fought hard in 2021 – ready to step it up in 2022

    PEF fought hard in 2021 – ready to step it up in 2022

    October 4, 2021 — PEF persevered in 2021 despite a continuing worldwide pandemic, funding cuts across many agencies, and staggering understaffing. The union negotiated a successor contract with across-the-board retroactive raises and fought for a temporary emergency telecommuting agreement to protect members from COVID-19 in the workplace, among myriad other wins. A Year in Review...

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  • Union strong at PEF’s 43rd convention

    Union strong at PEF’s 43rd convention

    November 5, 2021 — PEF’s 43rd Annual Convention, held October 24-27 in Niagara Falls, was remarkable on several levels.  The delegates were largely unified on the issues they debated and voted on. They were glad to be together, to be able to see each other and interact in person, after enduring the 2020 virtual convention...

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  • Abraham takes on leadership role in Region 3

    Abraham takes on leadership role in Region 3

    September 23, 2021 — Leisa Abraham, a psychologist 2 at Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office in the Newark area, is PEF’s new Region 3 coordinator. Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne Counties make up Region 3, which extends along Lake Ontario’s southwestern shore, from the Rochester area most of the way toward Buffalo. Prior...

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  • New Region 4 coordinator ready to do more, learn more

    New Region 4 coordinator ready to do more, learn more

    October 13, 2021 — Gina Corona is the new PEF Region 4 coordinator.  It’s a new challenge for her, but it’s a logical progression after years of activism in the union. A licensed master social worker 2 with the state Office of Mental Health in Syracuse, she has two decades of state service and has...

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  • President’s Message: Less was Never More with Parole Reform

    President’s Message: Less was Never More with Parole Reform

    October 18, 2021 — The October issue of The Communicator arrives less than a week before about 500 delegates gather in Niagara Falls for PEF’s 43rd Annual Convention.  We will publish again in November to update all members about the decisions that are made at Convention 2021. In this issue, I’d just like to point...

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  • PEF holds town hall on vaccine or test mandate

    PEF holds town hall on vaccine or test mandate

    PEF held a telephone town hall on October 14 to update members on the many issues resulting from New York State’s vaccine-or-test mandate.  Several of the union’s top staff members answered questions they have received from members.  A recording of the event is available here. The most important thing for everyone to remember, PEF...

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  • Letters to the Editor – October 2021

    Letters to the Editor – October 2021

    Hey PEF, back your parole officers To the Editor: As many in the state may, or may not know, our job (of parole officer) is currently under siege by politicians and knee-jerk legislation. As NYS parole officers, we are tasked with the supervision of violent felons upon their release from state prison facilities.  We work...

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  • Parole officers, crime victim advocates rally against ‘Less is More’ parole reform

    Parole officers, crime victim advocates rally against ‘Less is More’ parole reform

    October 18, 2021 — New York State parole officers rallied outside Rikers Island on Oct. 7, 2021, to denounce the recently signed “Less is More” parole reform law and call out its serious repercussions for community safety, parole supervision and crime victims. “Bottom line – the ‘Less’ in this law is public safety; the ‘More’...

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  • PEF members at SPCNY dedicated to curbing teen suicide through awareness and education

    PEF members at SPCNY dedicated to curbing teen suicide through awareness and education

    Teens today face an avalanche of stressors that put them at risk for suicide – from exposure to suicidal behaviors of others, to being a sexual minority, to lack of stable housing and food security, to access to lethal means. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and the second...

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