A message from
PEF Retirees President Steve Muscarella
Chapter 3 gets another experienced leader
PEF Retirees has viable chapters in all regions of New York. Our goal is to
encourage membership participation in every area.
In Region 3, the Rochester area, we welcome new chapter president, Rosemary
Rossi-Williams and thank the previous president, Eileen Spence, for her
We commend Spence for her leadership of the Rochester Chapter. With a
lengthy union and political resume, Eileen also has been a long-time member
of the Rochester Central Labor Council’s Retiree Committee and was the
recipient of that group’s “Retiree of the Year” award.
Eileen was an active supporter of Eric Massa during his campaigns for
Congress and her work helped him win election in the 29th Congressional
District in 2008. In 2004, she spent three months in Pittsburgh
“door-to-door” canvassing for the Kerry presidential campaign.
Eileen was honored at the January meeting of Chapter 3 with a plaque
expressing appreciation for her service as the chapter’s president.
Rossi-Williams has a distinguished record with PEF. She was a member of the
Executive Board, served on the PS&T Contract Committee and was a council
leader of her division. Rosemary was a founding member of the PEF Veterans
Committee, having served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Rosemary worked at Rochester Psychiatric Center for 27 years. Her immediate
goals as Chapter 3 president are to enhance chapter communication through an
extensive e-mail network and to increase membership participation at chapter
We wish Rosemary the best as she assumes the leadership of Chapter 3.
It is essential all our chapters are strong and mobilized. In this time of
ideological and economic crisis, it’s imperative we all stand together for
what is right and just. We must all make the effort to scrutinize our
government leaders and ensure their actions benefit all the people.
It has long been realized the leadership in Albany has more political sway
over rank-and-file legislators than do their constituents. This is not good
government, and we should not become resigned to it.
Please join Rosemary, Eileen and all of the PEF Retirees officers in
demanding transparent government.
We need to be vigilant and proactive throughout the state to protect our
rights and benefits.
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