Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into New York State law the property tax cap bill originally co-sponsored by Senator Jim Alesi. The new law (formerly Senate Bill S.5856) will cap school and local government taxes to less than a two percent increase or two percent of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower.
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.” The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.
Legislation introduced by Senator Jim Alesi to provide greater resources to assist emerging businesses and to foster job growth passed the Senate today with overwhelming support. Senate bill 5782, introduced in consultation with Empire State Development, would make available millions of dollars to small businesses in New York State to encourage innovation and job creation.
The New York State Senate today passed a measure that would prohibit the sale of children’s jewelry which may contain harmful levels of cadmium and other hazardous substances. The bill (S.4055A), sponsored by Senator James Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton) protects children from accidentally ingesting cadmium, often used in inexpensive charm bracelets, pendants and other jewelry.
The New York State Senate yesterday passed “Renee’s Law,” which would help protect staff of the state’s youth residential programs and ensure appropriate placement of youth based on their criminal history. The bill (S.5565), co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) and Senator George Maziarz (R,C – Newfane), was prompted by the brutal 2009 murder of Renee Greco committed by youth in her care.Renee Greco was only 24-years-old when she was bludgeoned to death while supervising troubled teenagers at a group home in Lockport, Niagara County.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.5643) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting. The bill represents an agreement with the State Assembly which is also expected to act on the legislation today. The bill is sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator Jim Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester).
The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline. The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.
To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below.
Senator Jim Alesi (R-C-I – Perinton) today joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate to enact legislation (S.2706) that would place a cap on the growth of school property taxes at two percent (2%) or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. If passed by the Assembly, New York State will become the 44th state to cap local property taxes.
ALBANY – As a true indication that job growth and economic development are his top priorities in New York State, Senator Alesi (R-C-I – Perinton), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, today passed the 2011 Job Creation and Retention Package, a comprehensive proposal to improve our state’s economic climate, strengthen our small businesses, and spur job growth in our communities.
The town of Irondequoit celebrated its annual National Night Out event on August 4th. Adults and children of all ages got an up-close look at public safety as fire, police and ambulance services were all on hand. The rally, hosted by the Irondequoit Crime Prevention Coalition and Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association in cooperation with the Irondequoit Police Department, is an annual event where neighborhoods across the country demonstrate their unity against crime. The National Night Out aims to increase crime prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime programs and strengthen police-community relationships. Thank you to all who attended Irondequoit's National Night Out and demonstrated their commitment to help keep Irondequoit a safe commun
I was honored to present Boy Scout Troop 315 with a New York State flag at their troop meeting Saturday, July 17th. The troop traveled with the flag to the 2010 National Scout Jamboree in Virginia on July 25th. The National Jamboree attracts thousands of boy scouts from across the country every four years. This year's theme is "Celebrate 100 Years of Scouting" to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
Troop 315 purchased the mandated Boy Scouts of America flag for their trip and asked for a donation of a New York State flag. I was pleased to help by providing the toop with the state flag. I wish the best of luck to troop 315 on their trip to Fort A.P Hill, Virginia.
As the 2010-2011 school year approaches, students and families in our district have important financial decisions to make. Financing a college education can be a challenge filled with many questions and concerns. The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), as the State's student financial aid agency, can provide helpful information and application forms. HESC's database allows students and parents to explore careers, apply for financial aid, search colleges and compare college financing information faster and more efficiently.
I would like to take this opportunity to announce a new initiative taking place in our community. The New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs along with veterans service organizations, federal, state and local agencies will be hosting a benefit seminar for veterans age 55 and older. This seminar will provide veterans and their families with information on programs and services in New York State that may be available to them. The event will occur on June 24th at the Monroe Community College.