ALBANY, NY -- A bi-partisan group of state legislators today called for lifting the cap on the number of charter schools by at least another 150 more to allow for more public education alternatives for students across New York State.
Legislators gathered on the same day the State University Board of Trustees (SUNY), one of the two statewide charter authorizers, is expected to approve its last four public charter schools, reaching its half of the 100-charter school limit.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton) today joined the Senate Republicans in announcing the passage of "Nixzmary’s Law," legislation that requires a sentence of life without parole for parents or guardians who kill a child. In addition, the Senate today passed 26 bills that will update and strengthen Megan’s Law, including tougher criminal penalties, mandated community notification, GPS tracking of violent sexual predators, and residency requirements.
The Senate "Nixzmary’s Law" legislation would create the crime of aggravated murder of a child.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton) today announced that three of his legislative initiatives were drafted into Governor Pataki’s 2006 Executive Budget. All three initiatives address small business issues that have hindered business owners ability to effectively grow in New York State.
These initiatives included in the budget are:
Quick Draw- Under current law, restaurants and bars whose percentage of food sales are less than 25% are prohibited from selling quick draw.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced in conjunction with the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club, $12,500 in funding to help with the construction of a new Pediatric Surgical Suite for the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Memorial.
"The Golisano Children's Hospital has become a groundbreaking facility in both research and pediatric health care in Upstate New York." said Senator Alesi.
New York State Senator James Alesi has sponsored the award of a $10,000 grant that continues an innovative Drop-In Program managed by Literacy Volunteers of Rochester (LVR) at their headquarters, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester."We are grateful to Senator Alesi because this grant allows us to serve more adult literacy students on our waiting list immediately. 100 students are currently waiting to be matched one-to-one with a volunteer tutor in our Basic Literacy and English programs," explained Robert Mahar, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester.
For the second year in a row, the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) is the recipient of a grant for $30,000 from Senator Jim Alesi for a unique local website that provides trustworthy health information without any ads. CLIC-on-Health - a cooperative project of local medical, public, and school librarians and health agencies, under the auspices of RRLC - provides a website that lets users do a "google like" search to find local health agency information topics and full text articles from teh National Library of Medicine. This grant will f
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) announced today that Governor Pataki signed into law S.5632, which requires the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform (GORR) to issue a report to assess whether various state agencies have complied with the requirement to consider the impact of proposed regulations on small businesses."Complying with federal and state regulations is a financial and administrative burden for many small businesses," said Senator Alesi.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) announced today the introduction of legislation (S.5960), which prohibits the sale, importation, manufacture, or distribution of yo-yo waterball toys in New York State.
Yo-yo waterballs consist of a liquid-filled ball on an elastic cord with a small finger loop at the end that allows children to throw the ball, stretch the cord and bounce it back like a yo-yo.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) will continue his efforts to bring health services to local residents by sponsoring his 16th annual Family Health and Fitness Fair. Expanding every year, the 2005 exposition will feature 200 national and local health-related exhibitors offering free screenings and services, as well as valuable information. This year, the free event is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2005, at the Dome Center in Henrietta. The Family Health and Fitness Fair is open to the public between the hours of 10:00 a.m.
Senator James Alesi (R-C, Perinton), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, today held a hearing on Eminet Domain in Rochester. The hearing is in response to the recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court stating that private property may be taken by eminent domain when a locality desires to make the property available for private commercial development.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced $50,000 in funding to assist the YWCA of Greater Rochester in providing services for emergency and transitional housing for low-income women in Monroe County.
"The YWCA provides an invaluable service to women and children in our community who are facing multiple challenges while trying to remain self-sufficient." said Senator Alesi.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton) today announced that the Senate passed a bill he sponsored that would require all facilities with a capacity of 1,000 or more people to have at least one functional cardiac defibrillator. Included in the measure, Senate bill S.1074, is the requirement for at least one employee of the facility to be trained in the proper operation and use of a cardiac defibrillator.
"Having performed CPR twice in recent years," said Senator Alesi, "I have been a strong advocate for efforts aimed at increasing the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced that the Senate passed legislation he sponsored which would require the mandatory reporting of elder abuse.
The passage of Senator Alesi’s legislation follows events in the Monroe County area which have highlighted the horrors of elder abuse. The bill is not a reaction to these events, however, as it has now passed the Senate six years in a row.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton) today announced that the Senate passed a bill which would permit nursing homes, home health agencies, personal care providers and temporary employment agencies to request criminal history statements on prospective employees."This legislation responds to the growing number of crimes committed against our most vulnerable population -- the elderly and infirm," said Senator Alesi. "As our population ages, there is an increased need for the services and expertise provided by those in the long term health care industry.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton) today announced that the Senate passed a bill (S.3059) that would require the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in multiple dwellings that are either rented or leased, or serve as the temporary or permanent home of three or more families living independently of each other.
"Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous because it is virtually undetectable, even when a person is alert and awake," said Senator Alesi.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton), who sponsored the original Do-Not-Call List in 1998, today announced the State Senate passed legislation that would prevent individuals from fraudulently impersonating others on a caller ID. This proposal seeks to maintain the value of the Do-Not-Call registry and to ensure the privacy of those who are on the registry or have caller ID.
"New technology threatens the integrity of the Do-Not-Call registry and puts citizens at risk of being victims of fraudulent phone calls," said Senator Alesi.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced the Senate passed legislation he sponsored which would make it a class "A" misdemeanor to force a police officer to engage in a high speed chase and a class "B" misdemeanor to disobey a police officer when directed to stop a vehicle. The bill also makes the act of attempting to elude a police officer and causing physical injury to the police officer or a third person a class E felony.
The bill, S.974, is designed to protect police officers and other motorists by deterring suspects from attempting to flee police.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced that the Senate passed a bill he sponsored (Senate Bill S.2272) which would increase the penalties for criminal convictions of drunk or drugged driving where a child is a passenger. The Senate also passed a bill Senator Alesi sponsored that would increase penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test (S.2273).
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced that the Senate passed legislation he sponsored (Senate Bill S.3704) which would provide specific conditions on the dwelling units required to install carbon monoxide detectors.