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You Said It

State worker’s view of budget

My financial future should not be a place setting on the

governorʼs budget table. Take it off and keep it off.

Why do Gov. David Paterson and others believe NYS employees

should give up pay raises and “loan” the state another five days of

our pay because we somehow share the burden of responsibility for

our stateʼs fiscal crisis

Inequities and waste exist in all aspects of

business: public and private, big and

small. Rarely are they the

fault of the “little guy” – the

cog in the wheel that keeps

the machine in motion.

We are being asked to

shoulder the burden of a

crisis much larger than

ourselves. Our

contribution would

continue for the next three years, but I donʼt believe it will have

much, if any, effect on the state deficit.

I will pay higher gas prices, higher taxes, higher food bills and

more for the next three years but, if I lose my raise, my earnings will

not offset the increases.

Iʼm a single person who recently purchased my first home.

Knowing what I could expect in income over the next three years

played a huge part in that decision. If I can no longer afford my

home, thatʼs one more piece of real estate on an already devalued

market and less property taxes paid.

If I make less, I spend less and, instead of supporting local

businesses, Iʼll shop online for price breaks.

For years, Iʼve heard complaints about contractors hired at

salaries three times that of a state worker, doing jobs state workers

are more than qualified to do.

I know someone who took a position at the Department of

Homeland Securityʼs offices on the state campus. He found himself

doing tedious, unrelated work or nothing, while a contractor was

given the real work to keep busy. They were equally qualified, but

the state worker made approximately $50,000, and the contractor

made more than $100,000. This scenario is repeated all across

state agencies.

Thank you, President Ken Brynien, for recognizing this gross


If NYS employees are as underworked and overpaid as some

people imagine, then give us the work and let us do it. The state

would save millions of dollars.

In fact, the state could pay our raises over the next three years

and still save money.

Gov. Paterson, in a rush to pass a budget, is not addressing all

possible solutions. Instead, he is taking the fastest, easiest path,

and one that hurts more people than it helps.

Why is it so difficult to come up with a plan where, for a change,

those with more money lead the way and cuts start at the top and

trickle down, vs. starting cuts at the bottom and rarely making it to

the top



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Volume 26, No. 1 February 2009 (0745-6514)

The Official Publication of the New York State Public Employees

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Kenneth Brynien President

Arlea J. Igoe Secretary-Treasurer

Patricia Baker, Joe Fox, Lou Matrazzo

Vice Presidents

Kevin Hintz, Dan Connors, Frank Besser,

Donald Kehoskie, Mary Twitchell,

Robert Varano, William A. Crotty, Tom

Comanzo, Neila Cardus, Vernetta Chesimard,

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Regional Coordinators

Robert H. Reynolds, Olubiyi Sehindemi,

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Metro NY






Squeeze 6

Proposed Mergers . . . . .8

Call for Delegates . . . . .10

The Giving Season . .15,26

Member Standouts . . . .16

Affordable Housing . . . .16



Station 14

March for Main Street 4


You Said It . . . . . . . . . . .2

Membership Benefits . .2, 30

President’s Message . . . .7

Health & Safety . . . . . . . .8

Retirees in Action . . . . .15


Shutdown 9

Financial Statements . . .17

Black & PR Conf . . . . . .23

Election Rules . . . . . . . .24

E Board Vacancies . . . . .24

Help Train OCFS . . . . . .25

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www.pef.org The Communicator February 2009 — Page 3

Members brave perilous roads,


“What do we want Fairness! When do

we want it Now!”

PEF members on Long Island and

Buffalo got up long before dawn to board

buses for Albany at 5:30 a.m. They were

among 7,000 members, retirees and other

state workers who struggled through heavy

rain, sleet, freezing rain and

snow to get there.

Bundled in yellow PEF

hats, scarves and mittens,

they crowded outside the

Capitol to shout that

heartfelt protest as Gov.

David A. Paterson delivered

his first State of the State

Message to the

Legislature January 7.

They were indignant. They were angry.

They couldn’t understand why they were

being singled out for punishment. They

just wanted some justice.

Don’t take what we earned

Teachers Phyllis March and Diana

Dantuono made the

long, dangerous trip

from Long Island, where

they work at Pilgrim

Psychiatric Center. They

were very clear about

why they gave up a day

of vacation leave to be

in Albany for the

“March for Main St.,” as

the event was called.

“I’ve worked for the

state for 30 years,”

March said. “This is the

first decent contract

we’ve had,

and we


shouldn’t have to give it back.”

She was referring to Paterson’s budget

proposal to take back the 3 percent pay

raises due to PEF and other state

employees in April under their contracts.

He would also lag their pay by five days

and cut back other benefits related to

retirement and health care. (See page 6.)

“We live on Long Island, which is a very

high cost area,” Dantuono said. “We work

straight through the summers, but we

make half of what other Long Island

teachers make.”

Mark Davies, an

engineer for the state


Department in Albany,

said he is sick of always

being expected to sacrifice

more than other New


“Every time they have a


state budget crisis, they

want to balance it on the

backs of state workers,” Davies said. “The

last time the state lagged our pay, we sued

and won, but that took years

and meanwhile they had

our money. Now, they want

to do it again.”


— Region 7


William Crotty

smiles for the

camera as

thousands of PEF

members cheer at

the Times Union

Center in Albany.

— Photo by

Deborah A. Miles

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to call for budget fairness

IN THE SPIRIT — PEF VP Pat Baker, Reg.

10 Coordinator Vernetta Chesimard and

Reg. 12 Coordinator Doris Dodson join

the chants.

Share the burden fairly

George Varghese, council leader of PEF

Division 241 at Creedmoor Psychiatric

Center led a group of nurses and other

members who climbed on board their bus

at 7 a.m. in Brooklyn.

The message they

brought to Paterson: “As

state employees we are

doing our best to ensure

our work is done, in spite

of the budget cuts. But

don’t put all the burden on

us. Let the burden be

shared. Be fair.”


PEF Region 9 members

who came up from the

lower Hudson Valley fought some of the

worst weather conditions to get to the rally.

Barbara Webber, a

retired nurse from Hudson

Valley Developmental

Disabilities Services Office,

made the trip with many of

her former co-workers.

Among them, Bob

Montalbano said, “We’re

here to tell




and the


not to close the budget gap

on our backs.”

“State workers have

sacrificed a

lot,” said




environmental engineer

from Middletown. “The

state pays contractors


more than it pays us. Why

don’t they cut that waste”

RAW DEAL — Above: Reg. 9 parole

officers Florence Horne, Marilyn Rollins

and Bernard Brown in back and Mercedes

Rosas in front speak out.

Respect us, the work we do

A group of parole officers also came up

from Region 9.

Officer Mercedes Rosas of New Rochelle

said, “I want the governor to know we’ve

earned our pay.”

“We’re getting the raw end of the deal,”

said officer Florence Horne. “I work hard in

a dangerous job.”

“Yes,” said officer

Marilyn Rollins. “We work

hard to keep our

communities safe. We

deserve our raises.”

Region 4 member Ed

Callahan, a parole officer

who works at Willard

Correctional Facility, had

a message for the

governor that was

straight to the point:

“Honor your agreement.” CALLAHAN

Punishing the wrong people

Region 1 member George Davis climbed

on board his bus to Albany in Buffalo. A

network administrator at

Lakeview Correctional

Facility, Davis said the

security of his job is his

biggest worry. The budget

calls for the Department of

Correctional Services to

shed more employees than

any other agency.

“The budget isn’t fair,”

Davis said. “The governor is

hurting the wrong people

and he’s cutting jobs when

DAVIS too many people are already

LOUD AND CLEAR — Up front, Olubiyi

Sehindemi and Maddie Shannon-Roberts

add their protests.


That’s how parole revocation specialist

John Benson saw it too. Driving the middle

class and state workers to their knees

financially, while rewarding the

millionaires who created

the economic crisis makes

no sense to him.

“What the governor’s

doing to us would take at

least half a billion dollars

out of the state’s economy,”

said Benson, a Region 2

member who works

throughout New York’s

“Southern Tier.” “We put

our money back into our

communities. The

millionaires on Wall St.

stole the money. They

should pay it back.”


said Region 3 member

Henry Woitschek, when the

state and the country

should focus on the needs

of Main St. and their own

working people.

“Bring the money

home,” Woitschek urged.


Region 3 member Randi

DiAntonio also shared that


“He’s not only hurting

us, but the people we

serve,’” DiAntonio said.

This is

the time,


www.pef.org The Communicator February 2009 — Page 5

State budget hammers PEF members


The governor said it was all about

sharing the pain, but his state Executive

Budget proposal for 2009-10 demands

massive sacrifices from state employees

far beyond those being asked of any other

New Yorkers.

Those sacrifices start with 521 layoffs,

which PEF expects to affect about 250 of

its members. (See related story this page.)

The governor would withhold five days

of employees’ pay. They would get it back

when they leave state service at whatever

their level of pay is then. Or the state

could decide to give it back in 2011, if the

economy and state revenues rally


Giving back forever

State employees would lose their 3

percent contractual raise for 2009, which

is supposed to kick in April 1.

“The burden this budget would place

on our members is staggering,” said PEF

President Ken Brynien. “Not only would

they endure the same added taxes and

fees that would be imposed on all New

Yorkers, they are being told they must

make additional sacrifices for the rest of

their years of state service and even

throughout their retirements.

“By taking away the 3 percent raise on

their base pay promised to them by the

state in their contract, the state will

ensure that every future raise it ever gives

them will be worth that much less. That’s

because each raise is calculated as a

percentage of their base pay. Once they


The state budget

projects a net loss of 3,108

state positions by March

31, 2010.

PEF Director of Civil

Service Enforcement Tom

Cetrino said state budget

officials told him they

intend to abolish 521

positions (layoff the

employees) even if more

positions than those

projected are vacated by


Many of the governor’s

proposals for closing

facilities and merging state

services are retreads from

previous budgets that were

rejected by the Legislature.

The middle class

is being squeezed again.

It’s time for a fair solution to the budget crisis.

The governor’s budget proposal is an attack on the middle class.

The proposed spending plan will cost the average family of four more

than $3,800 per year in new taxes and fees.

The news gets worse if you’re a state employee —

You get squeezed even more.

In addition to the taxes and fees imposed on the

average working family, the governor also wants to

take away collectively bargained pay raises and strip

away one week’s pay (lag pay).

The new taxes and fees combined with the loss

of salary means the budget will cost the average

state employee more than $6,800 in the first year!

The New York State Public Employees

Federation (PEF) recognizes the state’s dire fiscal

situation — but the burden of fixing this crisis

must be shared.

We have solutions. Here are

just a few:

• Cut wasteful spending on

pricey consultants and

contractors ($730 million over

three years).

• Reduce employee overtime

costs ($160 million).

• Increase the income tax

on wealthy New Yorkers

($2-$7 billion).

New York’s middle

class, those who rely on

essential state services,

and the workers who

provide them shouldn’t

bear the brunt of the

state’s fiscal burden.

We’re calling on the governor

and Legislature to consider our

proposals before further

tightening the squeeze on the

middle class and most vulnerable.

There is a better way.

New York State

Public Employees Federation, AFL- CIO

Representing 59,000 professional, scientific, and technical employees

Kenneth Brynien,

Arlea Igoe,




PROPOSED Individual RETIREESʼ Employee INDIVIDUAL Premium PREMIUM Family FAMILY Employee PREMIUM Premium

Years of Service Proposed Share Annual Increase Annual Increase

10 50% $2,311.32 $5,435.76

15 40% $1,733.52 $4,076.88

20 30% $1,155.72 $2,717.88

25 20% $577.80 $1,358.88

30 10% $0.00 $0.00

miss an annual raise, that base is

permanently diminished,” Brynien said.

“It won’t end when they retire. Their

pensions are based on their ‘final average

salary (FAS)’ at the time they retire.

Missing their 2009 raise would lower that

FAS, so their pensions will be diminished.”

Retirement no escape

If you’ve been holding off retiring in

hopes of getting an early retirement

incentive (ERI), you may wish you had left

sooner. The governor has not proposed an

ERI. And if you retire from state service

after this budget takes effect, you may be

forced to pay a bigger share of your health

care premiums. (See chart above.)

You would end up paying 50 percent for

your own health coverage and 65 percent

for a dependent’s coverage if you retired

after just 10 years of state service. Your

percentage would drop by 2 percent for

every additional year of service for up to

20 more years. You would pay at least 10

percent for your own coverage and 25

percent for a dependent’s coverage under

this proposal – the levels currently paid by

retired state employees.

Both state employees and retired state

employees would start paying

approximately $20 annually for Medicare



The proposal to close

four state prison camps –

Pharsalia in Chenango

County, Gabriels in

Franklin County,

Georgetown in Madison

County and Mt.

McGregor in Saratoga

County – has been

repeatedly rejected.

This budget also calls

Part B premiums for individual coverage.

That additional annual cost would be $80

for family coverage.

Any new hires would suffer all of the

above, and more. The governor would put

them in a new pension Tier 5, where they

would be permanently required to

contribute 3 percent of their pay to their

pensions and the rules for their retirement

would drop all the way back to the original

1983 rules and penalties for Tier 4.

Fairness What fairness

“To make the hypocrisy of the claim of

‘equal pain’ even more bitter,” Brynien

said, “the governor ignored our

recommendations to raise the tax rate on

New Yorkers with personal incomes of

more than $250,000 to make them pay

their fair share.

“He has failed to halt out-of-control

spending for private consultants. We

estimate just doing that could save the

state $730 million over three years, and

making the richest New Yorkers and big

corporations pay their fair share would

bring in another $6.3 billion.”

According to Gov. David Paterson, his

budget is designed to plug a deficit of

$13.7 billion for 2009-10.

2009-10 Budget’s biggest hits


MESSAGE — This ad

designed by PEF’s PR

department, ran in the

Legislative Gazette the

week of January 7.

for several prison annexes to be closed.

The Department of Correctional

Services would see the greatest net job

loss of any state agency: 1,342. The good

news: It’s all attrition. No layoffs are

planned. However, some members at

closed facilities might have to relocate or

accept a demotion if they want to stay in

state service.

Youth services

This budget again threatens

services to troubled youths. Six

facilities would be closed –

Adirondack Residential Center in

Clinton County, Cattaraugus Residential

Center (RC) and Great Valley RC in

Cattaraugus County, Pyramid Reception

Center in the Bronx, Rochester

Continued on next page

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We will shoulder

our fair share,

not the whole

budget burden


Over the last two months, the governor has made two major

addresses, the introduction of the Executive Budget and the

State of the State. Both speeches outlined the state’s dire fiscal

condition and the need for shared pain and sacrifice.

While the proposed budget makes cuts across a number of

areas, person-for-person, public employees are among the

hardest hit.

Since last April, state operations have been cut by $1.4 billion,

and the governor wants to cut more.

He wants to strip our collectively bargained pay raises, lag our

pay, increase health care costs by partially eliminating the state’s

contribution to Medicare Part B payments, increase retirees’

contributions for health insurance, and roll-back pension

benefits for future retirees, re-creating the tier inequities that

PEF worked for the past 25 years to address.

As the governor said, there is shared pain. These proposals

affect retired, current, and future public employees. Altogether,

these concessions would amount to the equivalent of a 66

percent tax increase for public employees. That’s a burden well

beyond what the governor is asking of others.

We understand the need to share the burden of this fiscal

crisis and have done our part, absorbing almost a billion and a

half dollars in cuts since last April and doing more work with

fewer resources. It’s time the governor looked elsewhere for


We have proposed ways to address the fiscal crisis by cutting

MAKING A POINT —PEF President Ken Brynien fires up

the crowd inside Albany’s Times Union Center before the

January 7 March for Main Street rally.

such areas as overtime and wasteful spending on consultants to

get the best value for every tax dollar. We have pushed for the

millionaire’s tax and other ways of addressing the state’s fiscal

crisis that are less damaging to the state’s economy and the

essential services that are needed now more than ever. However,

while the governor has included some of our proposals in his

budget, the vast majority have been ignored.

On January 7, thousands of PEF members rallied alongside

members from the Civil Service Employees Association, the NYS

Nurses Association, AFSCME District Council 37 and the Service

Employees International Union with one message: “We are Main


If the governor truly wants this fiscal burden to be shared,

he’d better look to more than public employees and public

services to balance this budget.

There are two sides to the budget equation, and those who are

most culpable for the fiscal crisis should not be immune from its

impact. This is a message we hope the governor understands and

will act on. If not, the January gathering of thousands on the

Capitol steps will be just the first act in this budget drama.

President’s Message

Community Residential Home (RH) in

Monroe County, and Syracuse Community

RH in Onondaga County.

Also, three evening reporting centers in

Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse would be


Operations at two other youth facilities

– Allen RC in Delaware County and Tryon

RC in Fulton County – would be reduced.

The state Office of Children and Family

Services (OCFS) would have the second

highest net job loss: 288. Of those, 127

are by layoff.

Economic development

The entire Economic

Development Department would close

and its operations would be absorbed

by a public-benefit corporation.

(See related article, page 8.)

The budget calls for the elimination of

200, an estimated 117 by layoff.

Addiction services

The Manhattan Addiction

Treatment Center would close,

probably in the first or second quarter,

and 20 jobs would be abolished.

Another 31 jobs at the state Office of

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services

would be vacated by attrition and four new

positions would be added.

Mental health services

The state Office of Mental

Health (OMH) would reduce its

treatment capacity by 450 adult

inpatient beds statewide. And 300

outpatients would be reclassified to receive

less intensive staffing.

The budget would abolish 120 jobs,

and calls for another 410 to be vacated by

attrition. Then, it would add 586 new


Developmental services

The state Office of Mental

Retardation and Developmental

Disabilities would abolish 110 positions,

vacate another 174 and fill 231 vacancies.

That’s a net staffing loss of 53. All the

layoffs and attritions must be done by

October 1.

Real property services

Twelve people would be laid-off,

and 18 would be attrited.

Some administrative support

functions, including human resources, of

the state Office of Real Property Services

would be “hosted” by the state

Department of Taxation and Finance.

Labor and

unemployment services

Three layoffs and 12 attritions are

budgeted for the state Labor


The remaining 20 layoffs are scattered

across other agencies.

www.pef.org The Communicator February 2009 — Page 7

Health & Safety

OMH commissioner responds

to brutal attack at Bronx PC


In September 2008, a Civil Service

Employees Association (CSEA)

represented aide at Bronx Psychiatric

Center literally had the skin raked off her

face by an uncontrollable patient. The

aide, who has worked there for more than

20 years, reported the numerous threats

from this patient to Bronx PC managers.

Then, on September 19, the threats

became an ugly reality.

In April 2007, a 30-year-old aide at the

center was beaten on the head with a

broom stick and died six months later.

The cause of death was reported to be

unrelated to the assault.

In August 2008, another Bronx PC

staff member had her hair pulled out and

was beaten on the head with a can of


These are not isolated incidents,

according to PEF Division 213 Council

Leader Darlene Williams.

Violence at Bronx PC has been

escalating. In the first three quarters of

2008, 62 staff injuries occurred,

accounting for 581 lost work days due to

patient assaults.

For almost three years, Williams has

been working diligently to find ways to

stop the horrendous attacks on staff.

“Nearly 75 percent of the staff have

been affected by some sort of workplace

violence,” Williams said. “Attacks have

been made on our members. And our

members are also affected by the attacks

on CSEA represented staff.”

Williams received support from PEF’s

Health and Safety

Department and teamed

with CSEA to urge Bronx

PC managers to address

the problems.

PEF Vice President Pat

Baker, PEF chair of the


Committee at the state

Office of Mental Health

(OMH), also was

instrumental in having

WILLIAMS the assaulters arrested.

“They are being arrested now,”

Williams said. “But then they come right


Getting some action

“People don’t know how to address

these incidents,” Williams said.

“Management really has to understand

the severity of these attacks and do

something. There is constant talking at

labor-management meetings, but no

effective program has been implemented.

Management needs to focus on

prevention, work with the unions and

direct-care staff, and develop a plan of


When nothing was done after the

horrific attack on September 19, Williams

wrote a letter to OMH Commissioner

Michael Hogan, and raised serious

concerns about the violence at Bronx PC.

The commissioner wrote back saying

Bronx PC managers initiated an

administrative investigation of the patient

who peeled off the skin on the aide’s face.

He also wrote, “The local labormanagement

process is the key to our

working together to address these issues.”

“The severity of the aide’s injuries and

the lack of management response

prompted me to write a letter,” Williams

said. “Management could not find the

accident injury report. They lost

everything. It’s our responsibility to work

for all union members across-the-board.”

What’s next

Williams has formed a joint health and

safety committee with CSEA.

“We realized we have a right to a joint

health and safety committee under the

PEF and CSEA labor agreements. This is

an important benefit for our members,”

Williams said.

Williams and the local CSEA president

have been documenting the violent

attacks on staff and presenting them to

Bronx PC managers. Their numbers are

much higher than those Bronx PC

management reports on a monthly basis.

“The numbers are totally different,”

Williams said. “In some months,

management’s is 50 percent lower. We

need to fine tune our communications so

we are all on the same page. We need to

set deadlines to accomplish our goals. We

need to listen to suggestions from staff.

And we desperately need to have an

action plan when a patient threatens a

staff member.

“If we had a plan in place prior to

September 19, perhaps the aide would

still have the skin on her face.”

Proposed DED merger begs question, ‘What was Gov. thinking’


The governor’s Executive Budget

proposal would merge seven state entities

of various kinds.

The Department of Economic

Development (DED) and the Foundation

for Science, Technology and Innovation

(NYSTAR) would merge with Empire State

Development Corporation (ESDC).

That one really rankles PEF because a

state agency, DED, would be absorbed by

a public-benefit corporation, ESDC.

“This is backward,” said PEF President

Ken Brynien. “State agencies should be

absorbing off-budget shadow agencies

and public-benefit corporations, not the

other way around.

“The governor is proposing to take a

state agency operation, that’s held to the

highest standards of transparency and

accountability as well as merit-andfitness

in hiring and promotions, and

hand it off to an organization with offbudget

funding, minimal accountability

and transparency and no civil service

standards or constraints on staffing,”

Brynien said.

Other mergers or absorptions

proposed in the budget are:

• The state Department of Taxation

and Finance would host the operations of

the Office of Real Property Services;

• The state Division of the Lottery

would host the operations of the state

Racing and Wagering Board;

• The State Employment Relations

Board would be eliminated and its

functions absorbed by the Public

Employment Relations Board;

• The New York State Theatre Institute

would merge with the Empire State Plaza

Performing Arts Center Corporation (“The


• The Office of the Welfare Inspector

General would merge with the Office of

the Medicaid Inspector General; and

• The Northeastern Queens Nature

and Historical Preserve Commission and

the Hudson River Valley Greenway

Communities Council and Conservancy

would merge into the state Department of


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One of many targeted at DEC

Budget cuts could sink shellfish industry


Are you a shellfish lover

If you like scallops, clams and oysters,

your enjoyment depends on them being

safe and plentiful. That’s where your

culinary tastes collide with the state


Long Island and Staten Island produce

approximately 160,000 bushels of hardshell

clams each year. And that’s just a

part of New York’s shellfish industry. In

fact, it’s a $22.8 million catch, a number

that’s magnified several times before it

gets to your plate.

Unfortunately, the relentless pressure

on state government to “do more with

less” threatens to sink that harvest before

you can get a single bite.

“This is just one of many examples of

how state cost cutting may save a few

hundred thousand dollars up front, but

end up costing the state’s economy

millions,” said PEF President Ken Brynien.

“What’s worse, this example also could

cost people their lives.”

Small unit, big responsibility

It’s up to less than a dozen people

including PEF members in the Shellfish

Growing Area Classification Unit (SGACU)

within the state Department of

Environmental Conservation’s Division of

Fish and Wildlife to survey and monitor

75 separate shellfish growing areas,

mostly off Long Island to keep them safe

and productive.

Unfortunately, according to the U.S.

Food and Drug Administration,

understaffing of the DEC unit may force

the state to shutdown shellfishing in a

million acres of beds along 700 miles of


Four of the unit’s 10 positions are

vacant. It would cost about $260,000

(including benefits) for the state to fill

those vacancies. Current vacancies

include the lead biologist.

In an annual report issued November

17, 2008, the FDA stated:

“DEC’s SGACU is now staffed at the

lowest level it has been since 1986. These

staff reductions have left the unit in a

position that will jeopardize (its) capacity

to meet the sanitary survey

requirements...and adequately protect

public health.”

According to the report, “complete and

up-to-date surveys are essential to

protecting the health of shellfish

consumers,” and when survey reports are


member Lisa Tettelbach, a biologist for

the state Dept. of Environmental

Conservation, collects and stores water

samples off of Long Island.

not done on time the law requires the

affected area be closed.

The surveys identify and measure

pollution threats to the shellfish beds. The

SGACU also monitors the level of marine

biotoxins in shellfish.

Eating toxic shellfish can cause a wide

variety of dangerous symptoms that can

lead to a coma and even death.

Back where they started

This isn’t the first time the FDA has

sounded the alarm for understaffing of

the SGACU.

A “staffing shortfall in the early 1980s

resulted in hundreds of miles of shoreline

not being adequately surveyed to locate

and evaluate all actual and potential

pollution sources that could adversely

affect the sanitary condition of

the shellfish harvesting areas.

Additionally, thousands of

acres of productive

shellfishing areas were

not being sampled at the

frequency required...to

assure the water quality

in those areas was


thus, placing public health

at risk.”

In 1986, the FDA called on

the DEC to boost staffing of the SGACU

and, in 1987, DEC brought the staffing

up to four biologists and four technicians,

who were overseen by a senior biologist.

But the huge backlog of work still forced

the temporary closing of 56,000 acres of

shellfish beds off of Long Island.

According to the 2008 FDA report, that

area “was eventually reopened in the mid-

1990s and the program has remained in

compliance until 2007, when..a 12-year

survey was overdue....” The DEC

completed that survey last year, but “due

to the loss of program staff in recent

months and years, the SGACU staff is

finding it increasingly difficult to maintain

sanitary surveys and take on additional

programs necessary to protect shellfish


Dangers, duties growing

Staffing is now back to the level that

caused the FDA to blow the whistle in

the ’80s, but now the workload has

dramatically increased because a very

dangerous biotoxin has entered the NY

shellfish beds.

The toxin, which is caused by a

naturally occurring plankton, migrated

down the coast to Long Island. In 2004,

the SGACU established a new monitoring

program for it. In 2006 and in 2008, they

found lethal levels of the toxin that

required temporarily closing large areas

of the New York beds.

These are very technical, labor- and

time-intensive programs. The surveys

require frequent trips offshore to gather

samples and data, while monitoring for

toxins requires the repeated collection of

shellfish meats, and then preserving,

transporting and testing them.

The FDA also wants the state to train

and equip its SGACU staff to

computerize maps of the shellfish beds

and pollution sources.

This small but crucial unit was

already running on low, when

the state imposed a hiring

freeze last summer. Now,

the agency is pressed to

make still deeper cuts.

“This is tragedy

waiting to happen,”

Brynien said, “and it

makes no economic

sense. We are highlighting

it in our budget talks with

state lawmakers.”

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Niagara Falls, New York ◆ September 13-16, 2009

The number of delegates allotted on the following pages may be increased based on counts as of March 6,

2009. Official number of delegates allotted will be available on the www.pef.org website under Elections.


1. In order to be nominated, you must be a dues-paying PEF

member as of March 6, 2009. You must obtain the signatures of

five (5) other dues-paying PEF members from the specific

constituency. Dues-paying PEF members signing a petition must

also be a member as of March 6, 2009.

2. All nominating petitions will require the complete printed

names, complete signatures and member identification numbers

(Member ID#) of the members signing. The printed names and

member identification numbers must be legible for the signatures

to be valid. The Member ID# consists of first initial, and up to the

first four letters of the last name (EXACTLY AS PRINTED ON THE

PAYCHECK) and the last four numbers of the Social Security


3. The accuracy of the information required in the petition is

the sole responsibility of the person being nominated.

4. A nominee may not sign his/her own petition.

5. A member may sign only one (1) petition.

6. Nominating petition forms will be available at all Local PEF

Offices on March 9, 2009 at 9:00 AM. Petitions can be mailed to

you or picked up and will be posted by 12:00 noon on PEF’s web

site. Faxing is not allowed. Only members submitting a petition

have the right to appeal.

7. Only official nominating petitions may be used to gather

signatures. Although reproductions of the official form may be

used, the Committee will accept only those forms containing

original signatures. Reproduced (photocopy, FAX, etc.) signatures

will be deemed invalid.

8. All petitions must be received by 5:00 PM on March 30,

2009. Petitions must be returned either by hand delivery or

United States Mail as follows:

Hand delivered:

To the Local PEF Office – During regular business hours 9:00

AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, petitions will be

accepted at the Local PEF Offices. The Local PEF Offices

cannot receive petitions outside of regular business hours. The

deliverer will receive a receipt that is signed, date and time


To PEF Headquarters – During regular business hours 9:00 AM

to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday only the Divisions

Department may immediately provide a receipt that is signed,

date and time stamped. Otherwise the petitions can be

deposited in the secured Drop Box in the lobby of PEF

Headquarters. The petitions will be collected on a daily basis

and signed, date and time stamped receipts will be sent to the

candidates later.


Mailed – All mailed petitions must be sent to:

NYS Public Employees Federation

c/o the Divisions Department

P.O. Box 12414, Albany, New York 12212-2414.

Mailed petition must be received no later than 5:00 pm on

April 14, 2009. Received means "in hand, not mailed or

postmarked." Faxed petitions will not be accepted.

If regular mail is used, please allow ample time for mailing.

If certified mail is used, a return receipt may be requested,

although this is not required. Please note that certified mail

sometimes takes longer than regular mail.

N.B. Postal failures or inadequacies are a matter between

the individual submitting the petitions and the post office. Delivery

delays and/or failures are not grounds for appeal. Allow five days

or more for mailing to be safe.


1. No PEF or employer resources (staff, office, equipment, etc.)

may be used for electioneering, and no PEF dues money shall be

expended for this purpose. This includes PEF Headquarters,

regional offices and local divisions or councils.

2. No person shall use the PEF logo or letterhead on any

written or printed material for campaign or endorsement

purposes in any PEF election.

3. Division newsletters may not endorse, or contain material

that appears to endorse, any candidate for delegate.

4. In addition to the above rules, the PEF Code of Ethics will

apply to all election activities, which is found in the PEF policy


A. Appeals to the Delegate Elections Committee

1. Any current PEF member who believes he/she is

aggrieved by anyone’s alleged violation of the Delegate

Election rules or any alleged misapplication or

misinterpretation of the PEF Constitution or any PEF

policy or procedure concerning Delegate Elections and has

filed a petition during the regular election period, may

appeal such to the Delegate Elections Committee.

a. There shall be a time limit of fifteen (15) calendar

days following the close of petitioning or end of balloting

for filing appeals to the Delegate Elections Committee.

2. The appeal shall be submitted on a Delegate Elections

Appeal Form and filed with the Delegate Elections

Committee in person or by mail at PEF Headquarters. The

appeal shall contain a concise, factual statement of the

facts of the alleged violation, misinterpretation or

misapplication. Upon receipt of the appeal, the Delegate

Elections Committee shall notify, in writing, persons as

may be deemed appropriate, of the appeal. Such persons

shall then have 10 working days from notification of the

appeal to make a written response to the Committee.

3. The Delegate Elections Committee shall conduct an

investigation of the appeal, if appropriate, and shall use its

best efforts to render a decision in writing within 30

calendar days of receipt of the appeal.

B. Appeals to the Credentials Committee

1. The Delegate Election Committee’s decision may be

appealed to the Credentials Committee to be heard on the

Sunday evening prior to the start of the Convention except

if a petition was not filed during the regular election

period. The appeal shall be filed in writing with PEF’s

Secretary/Treasurer, delivered in person or by mail, within

15 calendar days following the date of the written decision

of the committee.

5. For Those Constituencies Requiring Elections:

a. Ballots will be mailed on May 4, 2009.

b. Completed ballots must be returned to the PEF post

office box in Albany, NY as printed on the nominating petition,

by 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 2009.

c. The ballot count will commence on May 28, 2009 at

PEF Headquarters in Albany, NY.

d. Those wishing to observe their election count must

notify the Delegate Election Committee by May 26, 2009.

e. Ties will be broken by the following methods:

(1) Two candidates tie: Flip of a coin.

(2) More than two candidates tie: Each candidate's

name will be placed in a container, and a random drawing will

take place.

f. All candidates for convention delegate will be notified of

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100 00640 State Ins Fund Reg. 1 2

101 Reg. 2 & 3 2

102 Reg. 4 2

103 Reg. 5 2

104 Reg. 8 7

105 Reg. 9 2

106 Reg. 10 13

107 Reg. 12 5

108 01020 Div of Parole Reg. 1,2,3,&5 4

109 Reg. 4,6,7 3

110 Reg. 8 4

382 Reg. 9 3

111 Reg. 10 7

112 Reg. 11 & 12 6

113 01110 Off Tech Admin Unit 9

01112 Stw Wrls Ntwrk

114 01030 Ex Alc Bev Con Reg. 1-9 1

115 Reg. 10-12 1

116 01050 Ex Off Gen Serv Reg. 1-7 1

117 01050 Ex Off Gen Serv Reg. 8 13

01077 Homeland Security

01078 Cyber Security Reg. 8

118 Reg. 9-12 1

119 01060/ Ex State Police 5

01070 Ex Mil Navl Aff

120 01080 Ex Hsg&Cmty Rnl Reg. 2-8 4

121 Reg. 1,9-12 3

122 01090/ Ex Div Human Rt Reg. 1-12 5

01360/ Ex Council Arts

01370/ Ex Off of Aging

01510 Ex Racng&

Wgrg Bd

123 01120/ Ex Cons Prot Bd 1

01400/ Ex Crime Victim

01540/ Ex Elections Bd

21110/ Off Reg Mgt Ast

124 01190 Ex Veterans Aff 1

01131 Veteran Ed Asst

125 01300 Ex Adiron Park 1

126 01310 Off Real Prp Sv Reg. 1-3 1

127 Reg. 4-7 1

128 Reg. 8 4

129 Reg. 9-12 1

130 01490/ Ex Crmnl Jst Sv 8

01530/ Ex Corr Comm

01200 Div Prob & Corr A

131 01570/ Adv For Disable 2

01580/ Council on Chil

01590/ Qual Care Ment

01620/ Off Prev Dom Vi

132 (02000/ Audit Control Reg. 1&5 1

133 00650 Insur Fund A&C) Reg. 3&4 1

134 Reg. 8 21

135 Reg. 9-12 4

136 03000/ Law Reg. 1-9 4

03020/ Medicaid Fraud Reg. 1-9

137 03000/ Law Reg. 10-13 2

03020/ Medicaid Fraud Reg. 10-13

138 06000/06010/06110 8

Agricul Markets S/W

139 07000 Banking Statewide 8

141 08000 Civil Service Statewide 1

and Div. 250

142 09000/ Envir Cons M/O DEC Reg. 0 - 17

09180 ENV Cons Lag PR D.169A,B,C

143 DEC Reg. 1 - D.385 3

144 DEC Reg. 2 - D.169D 2

145 DEC Reg. 3 - D.169E 3

146 DEC Reg. 4 - D.169F 2

147 DEC Reg. 5 - D.169G 2

148 DEC Reg. 6 - D.169H 2

149 DEC Reg. 7 - D.169I 2

150 DEC Reg. 8 - D.169J 2

151 DEC Reg. 9 - D.169K 3

152 10000 Cor Attica 2

153 10010 Cor Auburn 2

154 10020/ Cor Clinton 3

10590 Cor Lyon Mount

Resolution / Legislative Agenda


The deadline for submitting resolutions and suggested legislative agenda items

for presentation to the 2009 PEF Convention is Monday, June 8, 2009 by 5:00

p.m. or postmarked by Monday, June 8, 2009, AND received by Wednesday,

June 17, 2009.

Per convention policy, “No resolution received by PEF will be printed for the

consideration of the delegates if it lacks a fiscal impact statement.”

Please send all RESOLUTIONS, typewritten and in the established format to:

NYS Public Employees Federation

c/o 2009 Resolutions Convention Committee

P.O. Box 12414, Albany, NY 12212-2414

Mail your suggestions for the 2010 PEF LEGISLATIVE AGENDA to:

PEF Vice President Joe Fox

PEF Legislative Department, 100 State St., Suite 1070, Albany, NY 12207-1811


Per convention policy, “all divisions will pay the same

convention stipend to all delegates from their division.”

155 10030 Cor Watertown 1

156 10040 Cor Great Meadw 1

157 10050/ Cor Fishkill 3

10340 Cor Beacon

158 10060 Cor Wallkill 1

159 10070 Cor Sing Sing 2

160 10080 Cor Green Haven 2

161 10090 Cor Albion 2

162 10100 Cor Eastern NY 2

163 10110 Cor Elmira Cntr 2

164 10120 Cor Bedfrd Hill 2

165 10130 Cor Coxsackie 2

166 10140 Cor Woodbourne 1

167 10150 Cor Arthur Kill 1

10170 Cor Queensboro

168 10160 Corrl Srvcs M/O 6

170 10180 Cor Pharsalia 1

10190 Cor Monterey

10630 Cor Southport

172 10200 Cor Summit 1

10270 Cor Hudson

173 10220/ Cor Gabriels 1

10510 Cor Moriah

10860 Cor Chateaugay

174 10230 Cor Adirondack 1

175 10240 Cor Dwnstst 1

176 10250 Cor Taconic 1

177 10260 Cor Mnt McGregor 1

179 10280 Cor Mid-Orange 1

180 10290 Cor Otisville 1

181 10300 Cor Roch Fac 1

10520 Cor Butler

182 10310/ Cor Bayview 1

10320/ Cor Edgecombe

10360/ Cor Lincoln Fac

10380/ Cor Fulton Fac

10500 Cor NYC Ctl Adm

183 10350 Cor Ogdensburg 1

184 10370 Cor Five Points 2

185 10390 Cor Mohawk 3

186 10430 Cor Wende 2

187 10440 Cor Oneida 2

188 10450 Cor Gowanda 3

189 10460 Cor Groveland 2

190 10470 Cor Collins 2

10880 Cor Buffalo

191 10210/ Cor Georgetown 2

10480 Cor Mid-State

192 10490 Cor Marcy 2

194 10530 Cor Franklin 2

195 10540 Cor Altona 1

196 10550 Cor Cayuga 1

197 10560 Cor Bare Hill 2

198 10570 Cor Riverview 1

199 10580 Cor Cape Vincen 1

200 10600 Cor Lakeview 2

201 10610 Cor Ulster 1

203 10640 Cor Orleans 1

204 10650 Cor Washington 1

205 10660 Cor Wyoming 2

206 10670 Cor Greene 2

207 10680 Cor Shawangunk 1

208 10690 Cor Sullivan 1

209 10800 Cor Livingston 1

210 10810 Cor Gouverneur 1

211 10820 Cor Willard DTC 1

212 10840 Cor Upstate 1

213 10850 Cor Hale Creek 1

216 11000/ Educ Main Off Reg.8 22

11010 Ed Special

217 11000 VESID - Upstate (D.230) 3

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218 (D.230) Reg. 9 1

219 VESID Dwnst (D.376) 5

Reg. 10-12

220 VESID Buffalo (D.215) 1

Reg. 1

221 VESID Rochester 1


Reg. 3

222 SED Dwnst & 3



223 11100 Ed Hgr Ed Srvcs 6

224 11000/ Educ Main Off 1

11260 Ed Batavia Blind (D.298)

225 11270 Ed Rome Deaf 1

226 12000/ Health Main Off Reg. 1 2

227 12200 Reg. 2&3 2

228 Reg. 4-7, not 3

Saranac Lake

or Herkimer

229 Reg. 8 and 50

Saranac Lake

or Herkimer

230 Reg. 9 2

231 Reg. 10 5

232 Reg. 12 1

295 12000/ 12200 Div. 191G 2

233 12010 Roswell Park 21

234 12030 H Helen Hayes 6

Elections Rules (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10)

the election results by mail during the week

of June 12, 2009. Alternate delegates will

be identified; by rank as established by

order of vote tally.

6. If a delegate leaves his/her

constituency between the closing date for

nominations and the starting date of the

convention, the following rules apply:

a. If the move was due to an

involuntary transfer or a layoff within the

PS&T Unit, the delegate may attend the


b. If the move was due to a voluntary

transfer or promotion within the PS&T

unit, the delegate may not attend the

convention. If an elected alternate is

available, they will be notified.

c. If a delegate leaves his/her

constituency due to retirement or

Nomination Rules (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10)

9. Where the number of valid nominees is

equal to or less than the number of

authorized constituency delegates, no

election will be required. Nominees will be

so notified.

10. No PEF or employer resources (staff,

office equipment, etc.) may be used for

electioneering, and no PEF dues money

shall be expended for this purpose. This

includes PEF headquarters, regional offices

and local divisions or councils.

11. No person shall use the PEF logo or

letterhead on any written or printed

235 12120/ H Vet Home Oxford 2

12180/ H Vet Home Batavia

385 12150/ H Vet Home St. Albans 1

384 12190 H Vet Home Montrose 1

236 13000 Insurance Reg. 10-12 9

237 Rest of State 3

238 14010 Wkrs Comp Board Reg. 8 5

239 Reg 1-7, 9-12 5

240 14020 Labor Reg. 1 (D.221) 3

241 Reg. 2 1

242 Reg. 3 2

243 Reg. 4 2

244 Reg. 5 5

245 Reg. 6 (D.217) 1

246 Reg. 7 (D.273) 1

247 Reg. 8 17

248 Reg. 9 2

249 Labor D.245 9

252 14020 Labor Reg. 12 (D.200) 3

253 16000 Public Service Reg. 10 1

254 Rest of State 6

255 17000 Trans Main Of 20

256 17010 Tr Albany Reg 1 (D.258) 6

257 17020 Tr Utica Reg 2 5

258 17030 Tr Syracs Reg 3 6

259 17040 Tr Roch Reg 4 6

260 17050 Tr Bufflo Reg 5 8

resignation, the delegate may not attend

the convention.

d. If a delegate has been off a current

payroll (not paying union dues) for more

than three (3) months, the delegate may

not attend the convention.

7. If any delegate is unable to attend

the convention for any reason,

including, but not limited to the above

situations, written notification must be

received by the Delegate Elections

Committee, at PEF Headquarters in

Albany, New York, by August 28, 2009 in

order to allow sufficient time to notify

any available alternate there may be, to

attend the convention in their place.

material for campaign or endorsement

purposes in any PEF election.

12. Division newsletters may not endorse

or contain material that appears to endorse

any candidate for delegate.

13. In addition to the above rules, the PEF

Code of Ethics will apply to all election

activities, which is found in the PEF policy


14. Failure to meet any of the above

requirements or deadlines is not


261 17060 Tr Hornel Reg 6 3

262 17070 Tr Wtrtn Reg 7 4

and Div 247 (51420)

263 17080 Tr Pghkps Reg 8 8

264 17090 Tr Bing Reg 9 5

265 17100 Tr Hapaug Reg 10 9

266 17110 Tr Long Isl City Reg 11 9

381 17000 NY Metro Transp Reg. 10 1


267 19000/ State Statewide 8

19010 State Dept Lag

268 20010 Tax & Finance Reg. 1 3

269 Reg. 2&3 1

270 Reg. 4-7 1

271 20010/ Tax Finance Reg. 8 37

20020/ Tax & Fin Lag

20030 Div Tax Appeals

272 20010 Tax Finance Reg. 9 1

273 Reg.10 (D.406) 3

274 Reg.11 (D.290B) 2

275 Reg.11 (D.290C) 1

276 Reg.12 2

277 Reg.13 (D.341) 1

278 20050 Lottery Div 2

279 22000 Economic Dev S/W 2

55630 NYSTAR

280 23000 Motor Vehicles Reg. 1-7 2

281 Reg. 8 7

282 Reg. 9-11 3

283 Reg. 12 2

284 25000 Off Child. Fam Sv. Reg. 1-4 4

285 Reg. 5 2

286 Reg. 6&7 2

287 DFY Albany+27000 (D.302)Reg.8 2

288 Goshen Secure (D.193) 1

290 Highland (D.270) 1

291 Mid Hudson (D.272) 1

292 Reg.10,11,12 3

293 25000 OCFS and (D.234) 24

27000 OTDA

294 (D.191C) 2

296 (D.191 H,I,J,M) 2

298 (D.191W) 1

299 (D.404) 1

300 (D.373) 2

301 (D.337&264) 2

302 25000/27000

OCFS/OTDA (D.369) 2

303 27000 OTDA Albany (D.192A) 3

304 Manhattan (D.192B) 5

307 Glendale (D.399) 5

308 28050/ SU Stony Brook 33

28058/ SU Stony Brook PR

28200/ SU Col Westbury

28390/ SU Tech Frmgdal

28570/ SU Maritime Col

28580 SU Col Optomtry

309 28100 SUNY HSC Bklyn 14

28108 HSC Bklyn PR

310 28110/ SUNY HSC Syr 24

28118/ HSC Syr Hosp PR

28170/ SU Col Cortland

28230/ SU Col Oswego

28550 SU Env Sci&Frst

28010/ SU Albany

28020/ SU Binghamton

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28030/ SU Buffalo

28040/ SU Buffalo Spec

28150/ SU Col Brockport

28160/ SU Col Buffalo

28180/ SU Col Fredonia

28190/ SU Col Geneseo

28210/ SU Col New Paltz

28220/ SU Col Oneonta

28240/ SU Col Platsbrg

28250/ SU Col Potsdam

28260/ SU Purchase

28270/ SUNY Col Techno

28280/ SU Empire S Col

28350/ SU Tech Alfred

28360/ SU Tech Canton

28370/ SU Tech Cobskil

28380/ SU Tech Delhi

28400/ SU Tech Morsvil

28650 SU Administratn

312 490--/ All Parks and Recs. S/W 9





01510/ ExRacing&WgrBd (D.305)


313 50000 MH Main Off (D.392A only) 5

314 50000 MH Main Off (all other work 4

sites excluding

D. 392A)

315 50010/ MH Bing Psy Ctr 3

50731 Bington Child S

316 50020/ MH Kngbr Py Ct 6

50520 Bklyn Children

317 50030 MH Buflo Psy Ct 6

318 50390 MH Cntrl NY P C 4

Reg. 1-5,8,10-12

319 50060 MH Hdsn Rvr P C 3

320 50080 MH Manhatn P Ct 6

321 50100 MH Midltn Psy C 2

50170 MH Rockland PC items in

Sullivan & Orange County

322 50110/ MH Roch Psy Ctr 5

50743 MH Roch. Child Serv.

323 50120/ MH St Law Psy C 5

50570 St Law Child Sv

53500 OASAS Trmt. Ctrs. Reg. 7

324 50150 MH Creedmr P Ct 10

325 50390 MH Cntrl NY P C Reg. 9 3

326 50170 MH Rockland P C 9

not items in Sullivan

& Orange County

327 50180 MH Psych Inst 4

328 50190/ MH Hutchings PC 4

50738 Hutchs Child Sv.

329 50200 MH Pilgrim P Ct 11

330 50210/ MH Mhwk Val P C 5

50540 Mhk Vly C Yth

53500 OASAS Reg. 6

331 50310 MH Bronx Psy Ct 7

332 50340 MH Nat Kln Inst 2

333 50350 MH Krby Psy Cnt 2

334 50390 MH Cntrl NY P C (D.344 only) 5

335 50440 MH Mid Hdsn P C 3

336 50500/ So Beach Chld S 10

50790 MH S Beach Cntr

337 50510 MH Wash Hts Un 1

338 50550/ Elmira Child Sv 4

50920 MH Elmira Psy C

339 50590 Cap Dst C You 6

50980 MH Cap Dst P Ct

340 50810 W NY Ch Psy Ctr 2

341 50850 MH Sag PC C Yth 3

342 50860 MH Rck PC C Yth 3

343 50870 MH Qns PC C Yth 3

344 50880 MH Brx PC C Yth 2

346 51000/ MRDD Main Off (all D.257) 9

50390 MH Central NY (D257)

PC Reg 7

347 51000/ MRDD Main Off (D.167) 5

51330 Western NY DDSO (D.167)

348 J. N. Adams (D.243) 3

349 51350 Long Island DDSO (D.209) 6

350 51210 Hudson Valley DDSO 7

351 51240 Central NY DDSO (D.304)Reg.4 5

352 Rome (D.189)Reg.6 6

353 51250 Taconic DDSO (D.248) 7

354 51270 Staten Island DDSO (D.280) 3

355 51290 Capital District DDSO 5

356 51380 Brooklyn DDSO (D.244) 4

357 51420 Sunmount DDSO (D.242) 6

358 51430 Ins Res Dev Dis (D.345) 3

359 51450 Metro NY DDSO (D.213) 3

360 Manhattan (D.292) 1

361 51470 Bernard Fineson DDSO (D.207) 4

362 51780 Monroe (D.259) 6

363 Craig (D.201A) 2

364 Craig (D.201B) 1

365 Newark (D.246) 4

366 51940 Broome DDSO (D.197) 8

367 53500 OASAS Trmt Ctrs (D.311) 1

53500 OASAS Trmt Ctrs (Reg.2-5,8)

369 53000 OASAS Main Off (D.265) 4

370 53000 OASAS Main Off (D.314) 2

371 53500 OASAS Trmt Ctrs (Reg.9-12) 5

372 51500 Val Ridge CIT 1

375 01075/ SEMO State Emergency 1

400 99001 N.D.R.I. 1

99003 NDRI St & Adm Ser

401 99002 Alb Hsng Author 1

403 99004 Albany Co Prob 2

404 99005 NYS Canal Corp. 1

405 99006 Lockport Hosp. 3

407 99008 Allegany County 1

Convention Delegate Information

The 2009 PEF Convention will be held from Sunday,

September 13, through Wednesday, September 16, 2009, in

Niagara Falls.

Delegate representation to the convention shall be assigned

on a one member/one vote basis with one delegate per fifty (50)

regular members or major fraction thereof. Representation for the

convention shall be based on the number of regular members

paying dues as of the first pay period in March preceeding the


Apportionment is based on the size and geographic

breakdown of the department as described in PEF’s Constitution.

If there are too few members in an election district, the Committee

in consultation with the Executive Board member will combine the

district with another district of common interest.

If you are interested in running as a delegate from your

department, review the delegate apportionment list and locate

your Agency's Name, Delegate Constituency Number and Agency

Code Number. Directly across from the name will be the type of

apportionment identified for your work site. Nominating petitions,

rules and timetables will be available to each PEF member on

March 9, 2009 and can be obtained by contacting your local PEF


Note: Each "Delegate Constituency #", in the first column,

denotes a separate election district.

For example:

Dele Agency Agency Apportion- Delegates

Const# Code Name ment Alloted

116 01050 Office Gen Serv Reg. 1-7 1

117 Reg. 8 10

118 Reg. 9-12 1

This means there are three (3) separate election districts for

this department. One, which includes Regions 1-7 and is allotted 1

delegate, one which includes only Region 8 and is allotted 10

delegates, and one which includes Regions 9-12 and is allotted 1


www.pef.org The Communicator February 2009 — Page 13

Nurses’ Station

PEF’s nurses get a dose

of professional wellness


Sixty nurses from various state

agencies from Buffalo to Long Island

experienced learning, networking and

professional wellness in December.

According to attendees of the PEF nurses

conference in Queens, it was one of the

best on the books.

Vicki Schultz, a nurse administrator 2

at the Long Island


Disabilities Services

Office, hailed the “Legal

Issues in Nursing”


“The information we

received was amazing,”

Schultz said. “The

presenter, Debbie Egel, a

PEF nurse and attorney,

highlighted so many


important and current issues nurses face

in terms of legalities in nursing and

health care.

“We learned about supervising

unlicensed personnel, the importance of

proper documentation, and things to be

aware of when providing nursing care,”

Schultz said.

“We were reminded to keep those

things in the forefront, because,

unfortunately, we live in a very litigious

society. We don’t want to get ourselves in

STRESS RELIEVERS — (L-R) Gale Baptiste

and Ilan Duguid, Emergency Room RNs at

Downstate Medical Center, practice a

relaxation technique.

— Photos by Richard Dillard

trouble while providing patient care. We

are all very altruistic and want to take

care of the patients.”

To take care of patients and

clients, nurses need to achieve

optimum health, according to

PEF Region 12 Coordinator Dee

Dodson, chair of PEF’s

statewide nurse’s committee.

“Our theme for the

conference focused on nurses

taking care of themselves

legally, physically and

mentally,” Dodson said.

Other workshops included

“Stress Management for Health

Professionals” presented by

Kathy Harding, a nurse and director of

Self Care Wellness.

“You Are What You Eat” was presented

by Ron Odato, a certified personal trainer

and director of The Birchcreek Health and

Weight Loss Retreat.

“Odato talked about the importance of

eating healthy foods, such as grains, fresh

fruits and vegetables,” Schultz said. “He

gave us good ideas on how to take care of

ourselves, so we can take better care of

the patients.”

“With all the challenges nurses face,

the conference was an opportunity for

them to network, gather the latest

information on things occurring in their

field, and to take care of themselves as

health professionals,” said PEF Region 11

Coordinator Jemma Marie-Hanson, a

member of the



“All of the

speakers were

very good and the

nurses liked the

variety of topics at

the workshops.

When nurses are

busy and

stressed, that’s

when they need to

take care of

themselves. The


brought to light

different ways to



(Above) Debbie Egel

highlights current

legal issues for nurses

at the conference.

(Left) Denyse Hillsby

and Vicki Schultz

practice the stress

reduction technique.


wellness,” Hanson


“The conference

was a brilliant

idea,” said Gale

Baptiste, a nurse


Downstate in

Brooklyn and PEF

Division 198

assistant council leader.

“We all needed and appreciated the

wellness session,” Baptiste said. “The

workshop on legal issues was very

educational. It would be wonderful to

have that workshop repeated in local

areas, as the need for specific legal

knowledge is something that would

benefit all our members.”

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A message from PEF Retirees President Steve Muscarella

NYS budget would impose greater costs on you

PEF Retirees’ statewide officers began

new two-year terms January 1.

I, as president, Mary Reid, as first vice

president, and Richard Magelaner as

second vice president were re-elected.

Marje DeVoe is beginning her first term

as secretary.

We begin our new terms of office with

a vision to ensure our members’ pension

and health care benefits are secure. We

are dedicated to the continuous

improvement of our PEF Retirees

chapters and will work to keep our

members educated and involved.

The state’s fiscal health is a major

concern. Gov. David Paterson is

projecting a $13.7 billion deficit in state

finances in 2009.

PEF has submitted a list of cost-saving

steps the state could take to assuage

some of this shortfall.

Unfortunately, the governor’s proposal

ignores many of those suggestions and,

instead, would impose many sacrifices on

active and retired state employees.

Both groups would start paying



Marje DeVoe, Chris Becker, Joan Pflieger and

Rosemary Rossi-Williams join thousands at

the March For Main Street rally.

approximately $20 to $30 annually for

Medicare Part B premiums for individual

coverage or about $80 annually for family


New state retirees would pay more for

their state health insurance, and new

state hires would go into a new pension

Tier 5. (See page 4 for more details.)

We must be strong if we are to protect

our well deserved benefits. Over the past

years, we have written thousands of

letters and made tens of thousands of

phone calls to our legislators to express

our concerns. We must continue this


The PEF Retirees officers thank all of

you who have helped us in our battles to

preserve Social Security and Medicare, to

fight the pharmaceutical industry, to

expand health care in America, to stand

for government that serves all the people

and to promote respect and security for

the elderly.

Some groups in this country question

why retirees should continue to receive

benefits from their former employers.

Our answer: “We committed a

significant portion of our lives to our

employers, with the contractual

understanding we would be rewarded

with benefits to provide security in our

senior years.”

We cannot take support in Albany or

Washington for granted. Our political

clout depends on our strength as a

statewide retiree group and that’s

dependent on you and your work within

your PEF Retirees chapters.

overrides poor economy during the holidays

Retirees in Action


The 18th year for keeping the tradition

of helping families of parolees will be one

for the books.

It is a year when the generosity of PEF

members increased, even though the

nation and state are in a spiraling fiscal


And the annual wrapping event took

place on the heels of a major ice storm,

leaving PEF headquarters without power.

Yet, volunteers braved the slick roads and

wrapped gifts by sunlight that filtered into

the cold conference room.

The gifts and baskets of food were

given to families of parolees who are

making an effort to successfully transition

back into the community.

“We had nine families nominated with

almost 30 children for whom we provided

holiday gifts,” said Susan Jeffords, a

parole revocation specialist 1 and

organizer of the event.

“With all the doom and gloom with the

executive budgets in the country and

state, 2008 was one of our best years. We

collected more than $500 and were able to

purchase groceries and clothes for these

special families,” Jeffords said.

Members in PEF Region 8 also donated

WRAPPING IT UP — Standing are Robert Harms,William Wurster, Ron Vero,

Mariruth Brown, Debi Chowdhury,Tom Comanzo, Lyn Oyer, Dennis Anderson,Arlea

Igoe and Susan Jeffords. Kneeling are Jannath Withington and her daughter Daniela.

Not shown is Doris Shannon.

— Photo by John Epting

unwrapped toys for the project at their

annual holiday party. Some of the items

were given to Toys for Tots and to the

children at St. Margaret’s orphanage.

“This was a great experience,” said PEF

Region 8 Coordinator Tom Comanzo. “So

many people pitched in one way or

another to make the project a success. It

is a good feeling to bring some

unconditional joy to the children of

parolees. A simple gift sends a huge

message, that they are being remembered

and not being chastised for the wrongdoing

of their parent. It is truly a message

of hope for the future. It’s the best time of

year to send this message.”

Downstate members in PEF Region 10

also got into the spirit of giving by hosting

a holiday party and inviting members to

bring an unwrapped gift with a value of

$20 or more. Their project was a joint

effort with the New York City Central

Labor Council and the U.S. Marines.

(More holiday photos on page 26)

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OMRDD honors two members at Long Island DDSO


Some people invest a part of themselves

in whatever they do.

Stephanie Earle and Bhagawatiprasad

Parmar are “investors” – working with

developmentally disabled individuals, and

taking their jobs to another level.

It is the extra care that put Earle and

Parmar on the radar screen when the state

Office of Mental Retardation and

Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD)

selected them as 2008 employees of the


They were among 23 individuals whom

OMRDD Commissioner Diana Jones Ritter

referred to as the “cream of the crop” at an

awards ceremony held October 27 in


Parmar, a licensed master social worker

at Long Island

Developmental Disabilities

Services Office (LIDDSO) is

referred to as “Mr. B.”

(Not to be confused with

PEF Trustee Olubiyi


His peers say Mr. B is

able to bring clarity and

simplicity to complex

matters, disarm hostility,


and counsel individuals and families with

compassion, sensitivity and a keen wit.

“All who work with him can’t say

enough about him,” said PEF Division 209

Council Leader Carol Ferrante. “He goes

beyond his role.”

“The recognition really goes to all of my

team,” Mr. B said. “The people in the unit

where I work have created a culture of ‘can

At the PEF 2008 annual convention, a

resolution was passed to help members

find affordable housing, especially in

downstate areas.

Delegate Luis Acosta of the state

Division of Housing and Community

Renewal (HCR) in New York City said his

office is inundated with requests for help

with housing issues.

At the convention, Acosta proposed PEF

seek legislation to allow and provide

members information on state financed

housing developments with affordable

rents, and state programs which could give

state employees low cost/low interest

home mortgages in areas where housing

costs are prohibitively high.

While PEF is working on developing

legislation to enable members to apply for

state-funded and affordable housing

do.’ We focus on the client, within the

available resources. Even though I was

able to bask in this glory for a little while, I

could not forget the fact it is because of the

team we are successful.”


The success lies in turning the lives

around of behaviorally challenged

individuals. Mr. B oversees about 40

people who live in intermediate care

facilities and suffer from a myriad of

psychiatric disabilities and sexual behavior


“They come here with chronic

conditions,” Mr. B said. “I have one case

that is very challenging. The individual is

very bright, but is a handful. Since this

client was about six years old, he had

sexual behavior problems. His mother was

a drug addict and he lived with other

dysfunctional families. Then he got

involved with gangs and ended up in a

facility run by the state Office of Children

and Family Services.

“We are trying to work with him to

remove his

misconceptions about life

and make a transition for

him. We are hopeful he

will come around.”

Going beyond

Earle, a community

mental health nurse at

LIDDSO, devotes her time

to evaluating and

assisting very medically

frail children. She has


opportunities, members in NYC may want

to investigate a number of resources.

Martha Nadell recently made news

when she won a housing lottery just by

being number 40 in a list of a few hundred

who applied. This associate professor of

English at Brooklyn College qualified in the

Fifth Avenue Committee lottery with an

income cap of $96,000. Before they

handed her the keys to a brownstone, the

Fifth Avenue Committee made sure she

could afford it.

Along with lottery information, the

Brooklyn College Library offers many

results for affordable housing.

For example, HCR offers an online

affordable housing directory as

well as other informational

resources at dhcr.state.ny.us.

Local organizations also help

about 300 children under her wing, from

the Queens border to the tip of Montauk,

and helps them to stay with their families

through a program called Care At Home.

Earle communicates with their

caseworkers, and sees to it these specialneeds

children can stay at home by

arranging for their health care needs.

She also goes beyond what is expected

of her.

Earle took one of her clients to a

wedding. It was no ordinary event. She

made sure the 35-year-old wheelchairbound

man was properly decked out in a

tuxedo. He was unable to speak but was

very aware of his surroundings.

Earl brought the young man to his

mother’s home, a place he had not seen for

15 years. There and at his brother’s

wedding reception, the young man was

greeted by many family members and


“It was so touching. He got to see all his

relatives. We were so glad he had a happy

time with his family,” Earle said. “He died

shortly after the event. It still makes me

choke-up just thinking about it.”

Earle said the most important thing is

to treat the special-needs population with

respect, and to take care of them as you

would like to be cared for.

“Many can’t vocalize what they want. We

are here to give them what they need,”

Earle said. “It is knowing what is the right

thing to do.”

Earle found out about her award when

her peers took her to lunch.

“I was taken aback,” she said. “I was

speechless, and I’m not usually that way.”

Affordable housing, an ’09 priority

people find affordable housing. They


• Neighbors Helping Neighbors in

Brooklyn,(718) 686-7946 or


• The Neighborhood Housing Services of

NYC at (212) 519-2500 and at


• The NYC Affordable Housing resource

Center and the Department of Housing

Preservation and Development can

both be reached at nyc.gov or by

calling 311 for housing information.

• Nyhome is available at (212)-688-

4000, and nyhomes.org.

For those who want to rent, try

the Rent Stabilization Association

at CUNY. The contact person is

Burt Sacks at


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New York State Public Employees Federation and Subsidiaries

Financial Statements and

Other Financial Information

March 31, 2008


11 British American Blvd., Latham, NY 12110

We have audited the accompanying

consolidated statements of financial

position of the New York State Public

Employees Federation and Subsidiary (the

Federation) as of March 31, 2008 and

2007, and the related consolidated

statements of activities and cash flows for

the years then ended. These consolidated

financial statements are the responsibility

of the Federation’s management. Our

responsibility is to express an opinion on

these consolidated financial statements

based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance

with U.S. generally accepted auditing

standards. Those standards require that

we plan and perform the audit to obtain

reasonable assurance about whether the

consolidated financial statements are free

of material misstatement. An audit

includes consideration of internal control

over financial reporting as a basis for

designing audit procedures that are

appropriate in the circumstances, but not

for the purpose of expressing an opinion

on the effectiveness of the Federation’s

internal control over financial reporting.

Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

An audit also includes examining, on a

test basis, evidence supporting the

amounts and disclosures in the

consolidated financial statements,

assessing the accounting principles used

and significant estimates made by

management, as well as evaluating the

overall consolidated financial statement

presentation. We believe that our audits

provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial

statements referred to above present fairly,

in all material respects, the financial

position of the New York State Public

Employees Federation and Subsidiary as

of March 31, 2008 and 2007, and the

changes in their net assets and their cash

flows for the years then ended in

conformity with U.S. generally accepted

accounting principles.

Our audits were conducted for the

purpose of forming an opinion on the

consolidated financial statements taken as

a whole. The consolidating statement of

financial position, the consolidating

statement of activities, and the schedules

of consolidated detail of expenses are

presented for purposes of additional

analysis and are not a required part of the

consolidated financial statements. Such

information has been subjected to the

auditing procedures applied in our audit

of the consolidated financial statements

and, in our opinion, is fairly stated in all

material respects in relation to the

consolidated financial statements taken as

a whole.

Marvin and Company, P.C.

December 23, 2008




March 31, 2008 and 2007


2008 2007

Current Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

Undesignated $1,694,555 $1,836,401

Board designated – 3,170,949

Investment securities

Undesignated 2,653,528 2,081,348

Board designated 3,685,543 –

Membership dues and agency shop fees receivable 811,155 668,808

Other receivables 655,288 601,612

Prepaid expenses 158,796 212,261

Total Current Assets 9,658,865 8,571,379

Property, Plant and Equipment

Land 165,905 165,905

Building 1,846,198 1,844,512

Building improvements 1,191,562 1,177,342

Furniture, fixtures and equipment 1,479,792 1,478,627

Automobiles 35,802 29,997

Computer equipment 927,800 652,390

Total 5,647,059 5,348,773

Less accumulated depreciation 4,249,628 3,838,673

Net Property, Plant and Equipment 1,397,431 1,510,100

Other Assets 81,245 50,087

TOTAL ASSETS $11,137,541 __________ ___________


See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.




MARCH 31, 2008 AND 2007


2008 2007

Current Liabilities

Due to affiliates $ 2,444,050 $ 3,257,951

Capital lease obligation, current portion 189,853 144,066

Accounts payable 1,361,868 1,164,148

Earned organizational leave 557,322 261,648

Other accrued liabilities 1,044,917 948,405

Accrued vacation 904,342 798,340

Accrued post-retirement benefits 141,697 316,862

Divisional distributions payable 326,063 135,146

Deferred revenue 1,940 1,190

Total Current Liabilities 6,972,052 7,027,756

Long-Term Liabilities

Capital lease obligation, net of current maturities – 190,275

Accrued post-retirement benefits 3,398,228 2,359,884

Total Long-Term Liabilities 3,398,228 2,550,159

Total Liabilities 10,370,280 9,577,915

Net Assets

Unrestricted (3,192,880) (2,909,812)

Unrestricted - board designated 3,685,543 3,170,949

Temporarily restricted 274,598 292,514

Total Net Assets 767,261 553,651


11,137,541 $ __________


See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

March 31, 2008 and 2007



The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) is

affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the

Service Employees International Union (SEIU). It is a selfgoverning

unit representing predominantly the professional,

scientific and technical employees of the State of New York. The

majority of revenues are from membership dues and agency shop


The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of

PEF and its subsidiary, PEF Land Holding Corporation. The

accounts of PEF include a general fund, a political action fund, a

Committee on Political Education (COPE) fund and a plant fund.

PEF Land Holding Corporation is a not-for-profit corporation

formed to hold title to the land and office building used to house

PEF’s headquarters. All material interfund accounts and

transactions between the entities have been eliminated in arriving

at the consolidated totals.

PEF and its Subsidiary adhere to U.S. generally accepted

accounting principles as described in the American Institute of

Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Industry Audit and

Accounting Guide, Not-for-Profit Organizations. Net assets,

revenue, expenses, gains and losses are classified based on the




MARCH 31, 2008 AND 2007

2008 2007

Changes in Unrestricted Net Assets

Revenues and gains:

Membership dues and agency shop fees $30,171,562 $28,813,956


Divisional distributions 1,039,880 1,080,497

Per capita taxes, net 9,328,327 8,787,859

Affiliation dues 223,136 284,327

Net Membership Dues and Agency Shop Fees 19,580,219 18,661,273

existence or absence of donor-imposed restrictions. Changes in

unrestricted net assets include certain contributions whose donor

imposed restrictions are met during the fiscal year. When a donor

restriction expires, that is, when a stipulated time restriction ends

or purpose restriction is accomplished, temporarily restricted net

assets are reclassified to unrestricted net assets and are reported

in the consolidated statement of activities as net assets released

from restrictions.

Income Taxes

PEF is a labor union exempt from federal income tax under

Section 501(c)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code).

However, under Section 527 of the Code, PEF's investment income

from the Political Action Fund is subject to tax. PEF Land Holding

Corporation is a title holding corporation and is exempt from

federal income tax under Section 501(c)(2) of the Code.

Cash Equivalents

For purposes of the statement of cash flows, PEF considers all

highly liquid investments with an initial maturity of three months

or less to be cash equivalents.

Investment Securities

PEF follows the provisions of Statement of Financial

Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 124, Accounting for

Certain Investments Held by Not-for-Profit Organizations.

Under the provisions of SFAS No. 124, investments in

equity securities and debt securities (see Note 3) are valued

at their fair value based on readily determinable quoted

market prices. Realized gains and losses from the sale of

securities are recognized on the trade date and are

calculated based on carrying value (market) at the

beginning of the year or cost if purchased during the year.

The net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation)

from the beginning of the year to the end of the year is

included in net unrealized and realized gains (losses) in the

consolidated statements of activities. Interest income is

recognized as earned.

Other support:

Interest income 229,189 289,353

Net unrealized and realized gains 215,953 29,623

Gain on sale of fixed assets – 5,794

Grant income 301,784 338,719

Advertising income 209,163 215,355

Rental income 14,234 22,869

Affiliation income 170,259 164,716

Other income 632,049 949,336

Total 1,772,631 2,015,765

Net assets released from restrictions:

Satisfaction of program restrictions 137,529 78,297

Total Unrestricted Revenues, Gains and Other Support 21,490,379 20,755,335


Salary and benefit expenses 14,399,967 13,349,309

Staff travel and related expenses 488,704 533,856

Program related expenses 2,646,491 2,698,351

Operating expenses 4,043,403 5,034,995

Depreciation 417,743 428,638

Interest expense 76,446 111,433

Total Expenses 22,072,754 22,156,582

Increase (Decrease) in Unrestricted Net Assets Before Settlement

with American Federation of Teachers (582,375) (1,401,247)

Forgiveness of Portion of American Federation of Teachers

Judgment Net of Provisions for Interest of $356,841 in 2008

and $428,209 in 2006 813,901 814,488

Increase (Decrease) in Unrestricted Net Assets $ 231,526 $ (586,759)

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

Property, Plant and Equipment and Depreciation

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost less

accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is provided for in

amounts sufficient to relate the cost of depreciable assets

to operations using the straight-line method over the

following estimated useful lives:


. . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Building and improvements . . . . . . . . 31.5

Furniture, fixtures and equipment . . . 3-10

Automobiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10

Computer equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10

Maintenance and repairs are charged to operations

when incurred; betterments and renewals are capitalized.

When property, plant and equipment are sold or otherwise

disposed of, the asset account and related accumulated

depreciation are relieved and any gain or loss is included in


Use of Estimates

Management uses estimates and assumptions in

preparing financial statements. Those estimates and

assumptions affect the reported amounts of assets and

liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities

and the reported revenues and expenses. Actual results

could differ from those estimates.

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Board Designated Net Assets

Board designated net assets represents investments

earmarked by the PEF Executive Board for funding new contract

campaigns, member mobilization or political action. Any use of

these investments outside of these designations requires approval

by at least three-quarters of the Executive Board.

Bad Debts

PEF uses the direct write-off method of accounting for bad

debts. Management believes that any allowance would be



Certain 2007 amounts have been reclassified to conform to

the 2008 financial statement presentation.


Membership Dues and Agency Shop Fees

Revenue is comprised of membership dues paid by members

of PEF and agency shop fees paid by those employees who are

members of the bargaining unit but not of PEF. Dues income is

recognized based upon the pay period for which members'

salaries are paid by the State of New York. The biweekly dues and

fees are calculated based on .9% of a member's annual

compensation for the years ended March 31, 2008 and 2007,


Divisional Distributions

Divisional distributions represent allocations to local

organizations of PEF members. Each division was paid $6.37 per

member up to 200 members and $5.10 for each member in excess

of 200, in each calendar quarter for the years ended March 31,

2008 and 2007.

Per Capita Taxes

PEF is required to pay per capita taxes on a monthly basis to

AFT and SEIU as a result of its affiliation with these

organizations. Per capita taxes are presented net of the AFT

constitutional rebates of $170,259 and $164,716 for the years

ended March 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

Affiliation Dues

Affiliation dues are amounts paid by PEF to participate with

other labor organizations in various labor councils in New York



Investment securities are carried at fair value and consist

of the following:

2008 2007

Cost Fair Value Cost Fair Value

U.S. Treasury notes $4,267,477 $4,518,289 $1,565,759 $1,547,085

and bills

Federal agency issues 140,546 188,069 258,942 270,300

U.S. Treasury zero

coupon bonds – – 5,347 5,634

GNMA Pass-thru securities 148,966 151,101 143,203 143,155

Equity securities 1,468,324 1,428,896 – –

Corporate bonds 50,914 52,716 113,059 115,174

Total $6,076,227 $6,339,071 $2,086,310 $2,081,348

___________ ___________ ___________ ___________

Net realized gains (losses) for the years ended March 31,

2008 and 2007 were $(27,454) and $(13,525), respectively. Net

unrealized gains for the years ended March 31, 2008 and 2007

were $243,407 and $43,148, respectively.


PEF maintains a Political Action Fund (the Fund) from which

political contributions are disbursed. Contributions are approved

by PEF's Executive Board and funded from PEF's unrestricted net

assets. The Fund is administered within PEF by the Legislative

Department, which is also responsible for other lobbying

activities. For the years ended March 31, 2008 and 2007, the

Legislative Department has allocated $988,699 and $1,224,802

from unrestricted net assets for its operations, including political

contributions. During the years ended March 31, 2008 and 2007,

$913,699 and $938,302 was allocated for Legislative Department

operations. For the years ended March 31, 2008 and 2007,

expenses were less than the allocation by approximately $75,000.

At March 31, 2008 and 2007, the amount due from the general

fund was $673,949.


Substantially all employees of PEF are eligible to participate

in the Affiliates' Officers and Employees Pension Fund of SEIU

(the Pension Fund). The Pension Fund is a defined benefit multiemployer

pension plan. Total pension expense was $1,207,238

and $1,190,860 for the years ended March 31, 2008 and 2007,

respectively. These amounts are based upon a contribution rate

of 14% of total eligible employee compensation. Actuarial and

plan asset data relating to employees of PEF is not available.

PEF also has a defined contribution plan covering all fulltime

employees with three (3) months of eligible service. PEF

shall make an employer matching contribution annually on behalf

of each participant in an amount equal to 1% of the active

participant’s compensation contributed to the plan as negotiated

in the USWA/PEF Contract and the Management Confidential

Benefit Synopsis and as approved by the Executive Board.


PEF has entered into a variety of leases, primarily for the use

of office space and equipment, which are accounted for as

operating leases. In addition, PEF has certain office and

computer equipment leases that are accounted for as capital

leases. Included within "furniture, fixtures and equipment" is

equipment held under capital leases with a cost basis of

$638,871, and accumulated amortization of $521,180 and

$403,490 at March 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Future

minimum payments under all noncancelable leases having initial

terms in excess of one year at March 31, 2008 consist of the


Capital Operating

Leases Leases

2009 $ 220,515 $625,069

2010 – 578,308

2011 – 537,357

2012 – 531,002

2013 – 536,130

Total 220,515 $2,807,866


Less amounts

representing interest 30,662

Present value of net

minimum lease

payments 189,853

Less current

maturities of capital

lease obligations 189,853

Capital lease

obligations, net of

current maturities __________ $ –

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Total rental expense related to operating leases was $655,354

and $362,061 for the years ended March 31, 2008 and 2007,

respectively. Lease agreements frequently include renewal

options and require PEF to pay utilities, taxes, insurance and


Additionally, as of March 31, 2008, PEF, as lessor, leases

certain office space in its main office building on a month-tomonth

basis. Minimum monthly rental payments will be $2,661

per month.


Under an arbitration award rendered in May 1985, PEF was

ordered to pay New York State United Teachers/American

Federation of Teachers (AFT) in excess of $9 million in back per

capita taxes for the period March 1983 through May 1985.

During fiscal 1988, a State Supreme Court decision vacated the

award in its entirety. However, AFT subsequently appealed the

decision and, in May 1989, the Appellate Division reversed the

lower court decision, thereby awarding AFT approximately $9.2

million of back per capita taxes. In 1989, PEF attempted to

appeal the decision of the Appellate Division.

On March 27, 1990, the Court of Appeals denied PEF’s

motion and reaffirmed the judgment to AFT of approximately $9.2

million for per capita taxes. During the fiscal year ending March

31, 1991, AFT made a motion to the State Supreme Court to be

awarded prejudgment date interest. In June 1991, the State

Supreme Court granted AFT’s motion for prejudgment date

interest. Interest on the outstanding balance accrues at the rate

of 9% annually. Each year since 1991, AFT has unilaterally

forgiven one twentieth of the total outstanding principal balance

and the annual accrued interest amount.

AFT has not sought enforcement of the judgment in the past,

but rather, as noted, has forgiven a portion of the indebtedness

and interest. It is not possible to predict whether AFT will seek to

enforce the judgment in the future. Accordingly, PEF has

reported a liability of approximately $2.44 million, which

represents the judgment amount plus accrued interest at 9% per

annum from the arbitration dates less amounts previously


PEF has been named as a defendant in several other lawsuits

and claims. While the ultimate outcome of these actions cannot

be predicted at this time, it is the opinion of management that the

disposition of these lawsuits and claims will not have a material

adverse effect on the financial position of PEF.


PEF is affiliated with the following:

Public Employees Federation Membership Benefits Program

This trust was established to provide PEF members the

opportunity to obtain various insurance and other benefits at

group rates. This program is outside the operations of PEF and is

not included within the accompanying consolidated financial

statements. PEF is not responsible for the debts of the

Membership Benefits Program and any remaining assets upon

termination of the program revert to the participating members

and not to PEF.

PEF incurs costs on behalf of the program, which are billed

back to the Membership Benefits Program. Included in other

receivables at March 31, 2008 and 2007 are receivables from the

program for $253,101 and $175,238, respectively. The

Membership Benefits Program occupies space in PEF’s

headquarters on a month to month lease with PEF requiring

minimum payments of $2,661 monthly plus the proportionate

share of taxes, utilities and common area costs.

Retirees’ Fund

The Fund was established to provide various services, such

as continuing insurance and seminars, to retired PEF members.

This Fund is outside the operations and control of PEF and is not

included within the accompanying consolidated financial

statements. PEF incurs various costs for payroll, benefits and

office expenses on behalf of the Retirees’ Fund, which it bills back

to the Fund. Included in other receivables at March 31, 2008 and

2007 are receivables from the Fund for $27,857 and $21,514,



PEF’s expenses by functional activity were as follows:

2008 2007

Membership services $13,638,669 $13,473,544

Administration and support 4,067,480 3,093,684

Grants and contracts activities 372,996 470,840

Labor management activities 2,843,770 3,749,507

Legislative and political action 1,149,839 1,369,007

Total _____________

$22,072,754 _____________



Temporarily restricted net assets at March 31, 2008 and

2007 are available for the following purposes:

2008 2007


Political contributions $274,598 $292,514


2008 2007


Contributions received

with donor restrictions $108,825 $100,463

Interest earned that has

been restricted $ 10,788 $ 10,978

Net assets released from donor

restrictions by incurring

expenses satisfying the

restricted purposes $137,529 $ 78,297


PEF maintains its cash accounts in local financial

institutions. At times these balances exceed FDIC insured



Retired PEF employees can convert unused sick leave to cash

for the purpose of paying health insurance benefits. To be

eligible, retiring employees must meet one of the three following

criteria: sixty-five years of age and three years of service; fifty-five

years of age and 10 years of service; or age fifty and 30 years of

service. PEF recognizes the cost of providing postretirement

health insurance benefits by estimating the accumulated

postretirement benefit. It is at least reasonably possible that this

significant estimate will change within the next year.

The following table sets forth the plan’s status reconciled

with the amount shown in PEF's statement of financial position

at March 31, 2008:

Accumulated Postretirement Benefit Obligation:

Benefit obligation at beginning of year $2,676,746

Service cost 155,112

Interest cost 215,944

Benefits paid (117,993)

Recognition of actuarial loss (gain) 610,116

Total Accumulated Postretirement

Benefit Obligation $ 3,539,925

Plan assets at fair value —

Accumulated Postretirement Benefit

Obligation in Excess of Plan Assets (3,539,925)

Unrecognized prior service cost —

Unrecognized actuarial loss —

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Accrued Postretirement Benefit Obligation $(3,539,925)

The estimated current portion of the accrued liability is

$141,697 at March 31, 2008 and is included in accrued


The net periodic postretirement health care benefit cost

for the year ended March 31, 2008 consists of the following


Service cost $155,112

Interest cost 215,944

Amortization of prior service cost —

Recognition of actuarial (gain)/loss (36,991)

Net Postretirement Benefit Cost $334,065

The measurement date used to determine the 2008

amounts was April 1, 2007. The rate of increase was

Salary and Benefit Expenses




MARCH 31, 2008 AND 2007

2008 2007

Salaries $ 9,011,466 $ 8,820,787

Union leave 637,261 641,632

Pension expense 1,207,238 1,184,010

Health insurance 2,515,393 1,747,309

Payroll taxes 770,923 780,550

Tuition reimbursement 19,387 15,916

Term life insurance 62,660 51,274

Dependent care 43,583 35,053

401(k) plan 74,155 15,361

Long-term disability 57,901 57,417

Total $14,399,967 __________ $13,349,309


Staff Travel and Related Expenses

Staff travel $ 244,391 $ 293,982

Automobile expense 244,313 239,874

Total __________

$ 488,704 __________

$ 533,856

Program Related Expenses

Program related travel $ 2,154,319 $ 1,930,784

Earned organizational leave 492,172 767,567

Total __________

$ 2,646,491 __________

$ 2,698,351

Operating Expenses

Advertising $ 398,194 $ 898,595

Office rent and parking 653,320 604,146

Professional and consultant fees 275,410 506,272

Postage 515,668 467,352

Political and associated contributions 231,131 450,591

Printing 383,737 379,136

Telephone and communications 211,914 269,851

Arbitration 172,681 252,804

Office supplies 112,392 139,254

Reproduction 88,296 106,824

Utilities 126,369 108,917

Real estate taxes 112,613 103,818

Maintenance and repairs 126,748 101,043

Charitable and other contributions 62,119 96,749

Insurance 92,338 93,303

Books and reference material 95,153 88,388

Janitorial 72,999 68,870

Computer fees 51,747 49,429

Miscellaneous 36,270 45,705

Scholarships 42,200 39,000

Steno and transcript fees 13,475 31,079

Outside temporary hires 8,296 25,123

Minor equipment purchases 11,479 10,940

Equipment rental 7,145 11,761

Outside legal fees 2,612 5,649

Photographic supplies 1,568 2,099

COPE expense 137,529 78,297

Total __________

$ 4,043,403 __________

$ 5,034,995

assumed to change at rates ranging from 8.4% for 2009, decreasing

to 8.1% for 2010, 7.7% for 2011, 7.0% for 2012, 5.8% for 2013 and

2014, and 5.7% for 2015 through 2018. The health care cost trend

rate assumption has a significant effect on the amounts reported.

The weighted average discount rate used in determining the

accumulated postretirement benefit obligation was 6.69%.

The following estimated benefit payments, which reflect expected

future service, as appropriate, are expected to be paid:

2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $141,697

2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168,737

2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215,281

2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265,073

2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299,436

2014-2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,817,744

For the year ended March 31, 2008, PEF engaged an actuary to

compute the liability and other components of the postretirement

benefit liability. In prior years, PEF recognized the costs of providing

postretirement health insurance benefits by internally estimating the

accumulated benefit liability.


PEF provides health insurance benefits utilizing a self-funded

plan that covers substantially all full-time employees. The liability for

claims incurred and claims incurred but not reported was

approximately $75,000 for both years ended March 31, 2008 and


PEF has purchased individual risk and excess risk stop-loss

insurance to limit its exposure to claims in excess of specified





MARCH 31, 2008 AND 2007

2008 2007

Cash Flows From Operating Activities

Change in net assets $ 213,610 $ (553,615)

Adjustments to reconcile change in net assets

to net cash provided (used) by operating activities

Depreciation 417,743 428,638

Forgiveness of portion of American Federation of

Teachers judgment (813,901) (814,488)

Net unrealized and realized gains (215,953) (29,623)

Gain on sale of fixed assets – (5,794)

(Increase) Decrease in assets:

Membership dues and agency shop fees receivable (142,347) (48,748)

Other receivables (53,676) (69,291)

Prepaid expenses 53,465 (43,893)

Other assets (31,158) 68,135

Increase (Decrease) in liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses 294,232 (324,934)

Earned organizational leave 295,674 (101,095)

Accrued vacation 106,002 85,989

Accrued post-retirement benefits 863,179 240,159

Divisional distributions payable 190,917 (61,820)

Deferred revenue 750 (1,306)

Net Cash Provided (Used) by Operating Activities 1,178,537 (1,231,686)

Cash Flows From Investing Activities

Purchase of investments (5,316,719) (555,420)

Proceeds from sale of investments 1,274,331 687,590

Proceeds from sale of fixed assest – 5,794

Expenditures for property, plant and equipment (304,456) (185,511)

Net Cash (Used) by Investing Activities (4,346,844) (47,547)

Cash Flows From Financing Activities

Principal payments on capital leases payable (144,488) (109,080)

Net (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents (3,312,795) (1,388,313)

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Year 5,007,350 6,395,663

Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Year _________ 1,694,555 _________ 5,007,350

Supplemental Information:

Cash paid for interest _________

$ 76,446 _________

$ 111,433

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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Black and Puerto Rican Legislative

Conference starts February 13

You may be able to buttonhole your

state legislator and have fun too at the

Annual Legislative Conference

Weekend at the Empire State Plaza in


“This is a great opportunity for our

members to talk to their state

assemblymen and senators about the

state budget when the pressure is off

and they have some time to listen,”

said PEF Vice President Pat Baker,

who is coordinating PEF’s participation

in the conference.

“Even if you can’t be here for the

entire conference, come on Saturday

and meet your legislator at the PEF

reception,” Baker said.

Sponsored by the NYS Association

of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators

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February 13, and runs through

Sunday, February 15.

For details, go online to


Two PEF-related receptions will be

held in connection with the conference


The Black Caucus of PEF will hold

its annual reception at 6 p.m. Friday,

February 13, at the Hilton Garden Inn

at Albany Medical Center, 62 New

Scotland Avenue in Albany.

PEF Black Caucus President

Elizabeth Cheese welcomes all PEF

members to the reception which will

feature speakers and light

refreshments. If you would like to

attend, please contact Maddie

Shannon-Roberts at Ladymdr@aol.com

or call (518) 426-1347.

PEF will hold a legislative reception

Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lo

Porto at the Sign of the Tree

Restaurant at the Empire State Plaza.

All PEF members are welcome.

For more information, contact

Baker at or call Kim Partridge at PEF

Headquarters, 800-342-4306, ext. 235.

– Sherry Halbrook

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Watch for triennial

PEF election rules

in March


Rules for PEF’s annual triennial

elections will be published this year in the

March issue of The Communicator,

contrary to the original expectation that

they would be published in this, the

February issue.

The three-year terms for all elected PEF

Executive Board seats, regional

coordinators, trustees and statewide

offices expire July 31 and will be filled

through the elections.

The election period begins March 2.

Constituency membership lists will be

available for viewing February 2 through

March 1, but then will become

unavailable from March 2 until the

candidates are certified.

Forms for slate submission and

acceptance will be available starting

March 2. Nominating petitions, both for

slates and individual candidates, will

become available March 30.

– Sherry Halbrook

Final mid-term

board vacancy filled

A three-way runoff election has filled

the final mid-term vacancy on the PEF

Executive Board to be addressed by

special election.

Quarterly special elections are

suspended until October. The three-year

terms for all PEF board seats, regional

and statewide offices expire July 31 and

will be filled through the annual triennial


Janette Clark won the three-way

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PEF members Margaret Rice Harvey

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“We are looking for approximately five

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subcommittee, including the management

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recommendations outlining the training

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“Our subcommittee will survey PEF

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p: 518.355.0795

f: 518.355.1208


Accepting: Eyemed, MVP, CDPHP, Medicare, VSP,

Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express

● Preventive Dentistry

● Cosmetic Dentistry

● Orthodontics

General Family Dentistry

● Crowns & Bridges

● Emergency Care

● Root Canal Therapy

● Implant Dentistry

● Lumineers

● In office teeth whitening

Location: We are located at 1575 Central Avenue in

Colonie – one mile west of Colonie Center.

Fees: The doctors at Albany Group Dental Practice have agreed to accept GHI

Preferred dental benefits as PAYMENT IN FULL for covered procedures.

Specialized Services may not be fully covered by your insurance.

Appointments: Call 518-869-7167

We Put CARING Back Into Dental Care

Healthy Feet are Happy Feet!

All Foot

Conditions Treated

Co-op City Foot Care Center

Dr. Louis Jacobs, DIRECTOR

The In-office Surgical Correction of:

◆ Bunions ◆ Hammertoes ◆ Ingrown Toenails

◆ Painful Corns and Callouses

The treatment of traumatic foot injuries, heel spurs, bursitis

and arthritis of the joints of the feet, toenail and

skin infections as well as other conditions.

Accepting all major insurances including NYS Empire Plan

Section 5, Building 29C

4240 Hutchinson River Parkway East, Bronx, NY 10475


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M e M b e r s h i p b e n e f i

Happy New Year from

PEF Membership Benefits Program

2009 promises to be a great year! this winter season, you can enjoy

great savings at ski resorts (clip the information here for handy

reference or refer to the Winter benefits guide that we mailed you),

hockey games, movie theatres, restaurants and many more exciting

venues including national theme parks.

Visit www.buymbp.com

Watch your mailbox in february for the 2009 Year round benefits

guide as we’re preparing many great values for pef Members. take

advantage of free financial counseling to start 2009 on the best

financial footing. also, treat yourself to a 9 night cruise in august!

PEF Membership Benefits Programs Sponsors Free Confidential

Financial Counseling by Stacey Braun Associates, Inc.

start 2009 with an hour of one-on-one financial consultation.

Utilize their financial counseling to answer questions like:

1. Do you know where your paycheck is going

2. Should you refinance your mortgage

3. Are you saving enough for your children’s education

4. Do you have adequate life or long-term care insurance

5. How much do you need to retire and when

Plus, mention this ad and

you’ll also receive an ice


Contact stacey braun associates, inc. at this toll free number:

1-888-949-1925 or visit their website: www.staceybraun.com

username: pefmbp / password: money, for more information or to

schedule your appointment.

C a r n i v a l t r i U M p h

Nine (9) Nights After the Glaciers Cruise

August 20, 2009

sailing from nYC and visiting Quebec City, baie-Comeau, and

havre st. pierre, Quebec and cruising the gulf of st. lawrence.

Cabin rates start at:

inside $877.00*

outside $1067.00*

balcony $1287.00*

*plus port, government and fuel taxes of $227.17 (fuel surcharges are not

guaranteed until booking is paid in full).



Cabin Credit

rates are cruise only, per person based on double occupancy. third and fourth passenger rates are

available upon request. prices are based on availability of space.

pef MeMbers reCeive a 5% perCent rebate on all CrUises and toUrs.

for More inforMation Call 518-782-9045 or 800-767-1840.

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t s p r o g r a M U p d at e

2009 Discount Ski Tickets for PEF Members

ski area disCoUnt priCe** pef MeMber priCe*

Bear Creek Mountain Resort $47.00 Weekend/Hol $38.00

Macungie, PA

Berkshire East Ski Area $40.00 Weekend/Hol $32.00

Charlemont, MA $20.00 Midweek $16.00

Bousquet Ski Area $20.00 Weekend/Hol $16.00

PIttsfield, MA

Bromley Mountain Ski Resort $38.00 Adult Weekend/Hol $31.00

Manchester Center, VT $29.00 Jr. Weekend/Hol $24.00

Ski Butternut $35.00 Adult Sat/Hol $28.00

Great Barrington, MA $25.00 Jr. Sat/Hol $20.00

Catamount Ski Resort $32.00 Weekend/Hol $26.00

Hillsdale, NY

Gore Mountain $54.00 Adult Weekend/Hol $44.00

North Creek, NY $42.00 Teen/Sr. Weekend/Hol $34.00

Holiday Mountain $25.00 Weekend/Hol $20.00

Monticello, NY

Hunter Mountain $48.00 Weekend/Hol $39.00

Hunter, NY $37.00 Midweek $30.00

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort $51.00 Holiday $41.00

Hancock, MA $25.00 4 hr. Twilight $20.00

$41.00 Weekend/Midweek/Non-hol $33.00

$28.00 Twilight $23.00

Kissing Bridge $30.00 Adult Anytime $24.00

Glenwood, NY $25.00 Jr. Anytime $20.00

Mount Sunapee $49.00 Weekend/Hol $40.00

Newbury, NH

Mountain Creek $50.00 Weekend/Hol $40.00

Vernon, NJ $35.00 Midweek/Twilight $28.00

Ski Shawnee $36.00 Weekend/Hol $29.00

Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA Snow Tubing: $23.00 4 hr Mid-week $23.00

Snow Tubing: $30.00 4 hr Weekend/Hol. $30.00

Stratton Mountain $60.00 Adult Weekend/Hol $48.00

Stratton, VT $48.00 Jr./Sr. Weekend/Hol $39.00

Swain Resort $35.00 Anytime $28.00

Swain, NY $26.00 Night $21.00

Windham Mountain $49.00 Anytime $40.00

Windham, NY

Whiteface Mountain $54.00 Adult $44.00

Wilmington, NY $44.00 Jr. $36.00

$44.00 Sr. $36.00

*pef Members can purchase up to 10 tickets per winter season at the pef Member price. **Up to an additional 10 tickets an be purchased at

the discount price. Please contact ski area to confirm age criteria for Adult, Jr., Teen, and Sr.

to pUrChase tiCkets:







bY phone

(800) 342-4306 or (518) 785-1900,

ext. 243, option 1



1168 troy- schenectady rd., latham

bY Mail

pef Membership benefits program

po box 12414, albany, nY 12212-2414

Make checks payable to:

PEF Membership Benefits Program

reCeive free shipping

on all orders!

present YoUr pef id Card at the folloWing resorts to reCeive a disCoUnt:

if you need a pef id Card call Membership benefits (800) 342-4306, ext. 243, option 1

Belleayre Mountain

Highmount, NY–$30 lift tickets, Monday-friday nonholiday,

for members only.

Cascade Cross Country Center

Lake Placid, NY–save $2.00 on daily trail passes for

members and their families.

Cockaigne Ski Area

Cherry Creek, NY–$5.00 off any lift ticket, kids 6-12 ski

1/2 price and kids 5 and under free with parents. for

members and their families.

Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center

Fayetteville, NY–ski/snowboard 2 for 1 lift ticket. snow

tubing; thursday nights 5pm - 9:30pm - non-holidaysfirst

person regular price, 2nd person 1/2 price (not valid

with any other offer). for members and their families.

Holiday Mountain Ski and Fun Park

Monticello, NY–$20.00 lift tickets tuesday - friday

(12:00pm - 9:00pm). for members and their families.

Labrador Mountain

Truxton, NY–$5.00 off any full priced lift ticket. valid

Monday - friday. not valid holidays or weekends. not

valid with any other discounts, for members only.

Plattekill Mountain

Roxbury, NY–$10.00 off all day full priced adult lift

ticket, limit 1 per id card. not valid 12/26/08 through

1/1/09, 1/17/09 through 1/19/09 or 2/14/09 through

2/16/09. not valid on reduced rates. Members only.

Ski Butternut

Great Barrington, MA–sunday special: $30.00 lift ticket.

$25.00 equipment rentals. $15.00 group lessons. for

member and families ages 7+. not valid with other


Snow Ridge

Turin, NY–discount on lift tickets, lessons,

snowboarding and rentals. discount good for

member and 1 guest.

Willard Mountain

Greenwich, NY–buy one 8 hour get one free. valid Wed.

thru fri. only. not valid Christmas from 12/26/08 thru

12/30/08 and not valid 2/16/09 thru 2/20/09. the cost

of the 8 hour

lift ticket is $36.00.

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