Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) tonight announced that record increases in school aid for districts in Monroe County combined with triple property tax relief rebate checks means good news for taxpayers. Across the board, school districts saw double digit increases in aid in the 2007-08 state budget that will be passed beginning tonight.
"The end result tonight is what I, along with my Senate collegues, have been fighting for since the beginning of the budget process," said Senator Alesi.
Recent tests in Albany County show unsafe levels of lead, legislation would require annual testingWhen I was a Monroe County Legislator in the early 1990’s, I asked for a review of all drinking water fountains in schools and other public buildings. While the review did not take place at the time, when I became a State Senator, I began carrying legislation that would require all school districts to test their drinking water fountains annually for lead contamination and report those findings to the public.
Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) today talked about his proposed legislation that will ask businesses that use non biodegradable plastic shopping bags to begin phasing them out in favor of more eco-friendly alternatives.
"We need only to look in any tree or bush on any street and we will see a plastic bag hanging from branches," said Senator Alesi. "Other countries, most notably in Europe, do not use plastic bags because of their detriment to the environment.
Senator Jim Alesi (R- Perinton) joined in honoring members of New York's Lions Clubs as they mark 90 years of promoting programs and efforts to prevent blindness and assist those who are visually impaired.
Senator Alesi met with 12 New York Lions Governors representing every corner of the state and presented them with a Senate Resolution honoring the 90th anniversary of the community-based service group, and commemorating the annual Lions Walk for Sight, to be held April 21. Rochester Lions Governor JoAnn Rodgers was in attendance.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON 'UPSTATE NOW'As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, I realize that we need to do everything possible to revitalize the Upstate economy, give businesses the opportunity to succeed, and create new economic opportunities for young New Yorkers.
Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) today announced he was selected by Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno to sit on the Taxes and Economic Development joint budget conference committee. Senator Alesi has been Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business for eight years and is a small business owner himself.
Senator Jim Alesi (R– Perinton), Kate Bennett, President of the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), RMSC Chair of the Board Christine Whitman, Senator Joe Robach, Senator Mike Nozzolio, and Senator George Maziarz announced today that the Rochester Museum & Science Center will receive a $500,000 State grant to fund permanent exhibition projects.
Senator Jim Alesi (R- Perinton) was joined today by Daan Braveman, President of Nazareth College as well as Christopher C. Dahl, President of SUNY Geneseo, Albert J. Simone, President of Rochester Institute of Technology, Donald Bain, President of St. John Fisher College, R. Thomas Flynn, President of Monroe Community College, Joseph Burke, President of Keuka College, and John Halstead, President of SUNY Brockport to announce the appointment of Mr. Charles Brown to the position of Director for the Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science.
I would like to publicly acknowledge the tremendous work that the Village of East Rochester has done in the midst of the unfortunate accident; when a freight train derailed in the village last night, pushing eight train cars onto a street below an overpass.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C-Perinton) today joined his Senate Majority colleagues in unveiling a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at improving the climate for small businesses in New York state. When fully implemented over the next three years the plan will provide $1.3 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C,I- Perinton) today announced that he has secured $16,500 in state funding for the Penfield Public Library. The grant secured by Senator Alesi will pay for the library's cost share of the expenses for book delivery within the Monroe County Library System (MCLS) for a full year.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C,I-Perinton), in appreciation of his continued commitment to the arts, was nominated for the National Public Leadership in the Arts Award by the world renowned Garth Fagan Dance.
"I am deeply honored that Garth Fagan Dance would recognize my efforts in such a significant way," said Senator Alesi. "The arts have always been close to my heart and I am a firm believer that a solid arts and cultural community enhances the overall quality of life for the residents and also acts as an enticement for economic development.
St. Paul Fire Department in Irondequoit today announced the purchase of new fire safety and life saving equipment thanks to a $10,000 grant secured by New York State Senator Jim Alesi (R,C,I-Perinton).
"I am so pleased to be able to provide this money to the St. Paul Fire Department to assist in their efforts to have the most up-to-date life saving equipment on hand, to be ready at a moment’s notice when duty calls," said Sen. Alesi.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C-Perinton) was joined today by Daan Braveman, President of Nazareth College as well as Christopher C. Dahl, President of SUNY Geneseo, Albert J. Simone, President of Rochester Institute of Technology, and R. Thomas Flynn, President of Monroe Community College to announce a $500,000 grant for the Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton), continuing his efforts to bring free health services to local residents, will be hosting his 17th annual Family Health and Fitness Fair this year. The event will take place on Thursday, October 5th at the Dome Center in Henrietta, and is open to the public between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission for the health fair will be free of charge.
Attendees of the health fair will find a wide variety of free services offered by area health providers.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C-Perinton) today lauded Governor George E. Pataki for signing into law legislation that will stiffen penalties for those who illegally harvest human tissue and organs. Recently, there have been a rash of high profile cases of illegal harvesting of tissues, bones and organs from deceased individuals who did not consent to donation.
"This new law sends a message that New York state will no longer tolerate illegal activities that involve deceased human bodies," said Senator Alesi.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C-Perinton) and Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit) today announced they were pleased that Governor George E. Pataki signed into law their legislation that will give local school districts more control over punishments students suspended from school will face.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C-Perinton)hosted a special ceremony on Saturday, July 8thto present 30 local war veterans with military awards sanctioned by the State of New York. Awards presented include the Conspicuous Service Cross, New York’s highest military honor, as well as the Medal for Merit and the Conspicuous Service Star.
"I am always humbled, to be in the presence of brave veterans who selflessly served our country in order to protect the freedoms that we as a nation enjoy today," said Senator Alesi.