Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced the passage of a constitutional amendment (S.1370) that would give New Yorkers a more direct role in the legislative process by empowering them to enact and amend laws through initiative and referendum.
"Amending the State Constitution to allow initiative and referendum will provide citizens of New York the ability to enact laws which are specifically addressed to their concerns," said Senator Alesi.
On Tuesday, May 23, Senator Alesi was proud to welcome students from the Rochester School for the Deaf.Accompanying chaperones Jaimie Iman, Scott Lipitz, Lori Delavak, and Patrick Sullivan were students Ricky Daniels, Allison Higgins, Caelin Herzog, Barry McGrain, and Ryan Clark-Sulkey. Senator Alesi was eager to learn what the students have been up to this school year and he even managed to learn some sign language in the process.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C-Perinton), in coordination with the East Rochester American Legion, today announced a special ceremony to celebrate local veteran Ralph Chinelly and his induction into the New York State Senate "Veterans Hall of Fame". Despite his blindness, Mr. Chinelly has continued to be an vigorous advocate on behalf of the veterans of New York State.
The first-of-its-kind online Hall of Fame was designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose courage in the U.S Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the community and significant accomplishments as a civilian.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton) today announced that the Legislature has reached an agreement and passed legislation to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the sales taxes on gasoline.
The agreement would save New Yorkers as much as $450 million annually at the pump by capping the sales taxes at $2 per gallon. The agreement would cap the State sales taxes on gas at 8-cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced that five local students have won statewide recognition for environmental awareness through the state Senate’s 15th annual "I*MA*GREEN*NATION" competition.
"Our local winners competed against hundreds of students from throughout New York State, and their imaginative ideas and displays were judged to be among the best in this year’s contest," said Senator Alesi.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton) today announced that the Senate passed a bill (S.6366), which he sponsors, that bars sex offenders from participating in community service programs for state correctional institutions and county jail work release programs.
This legislation is in response to an instance where a prisoner, doing community service at a hospital in Wyoming County, allegedly raped a 17 year old girl.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton) today announced that the Senate passed a bill (S.6019), which he sponsors, that makes it a class E felony for a sex offender to submit fraudulent information regarding his or her identity or residence when registering or verifying the State Sex Offender Registry.
In Monroe County, a sex offender required to register under Megan’s Law, circumvented the law by giving a false address to the registry. The man, who failed to properly register, had been previously convicted of raping a Rochester girl and served three years in prison for his offense.
Senator Alesi (R-C Perinton) today issued a report summarizing statewide hearings held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business and the Committee on Local Governments. The hearings were in response to the Supreme Court Ruling on Kelo V. The City of New London (CT).
On Wednesday, April 5, Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) welcomed Cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point and joined the New York State Senate in honoring their bravery, courage, and selflessness.
"These young men and women truly live by the standard that all of us should strive for," said Senator Alesi.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced the passage of S.1679, which provides for certain criminal penalties for the damage to military monuments. The bill, which he sponsors with Senator Tom Morahan, passed the Senate today, March 28, 2006.
Senator Alesi has gained a reputation for his work with veterans and has secured nearly a million dollars over the last several years for monuments honoring Rochester area Veterans. The monuments for WWII, Korea, and Vietnam have all received significant funding through Senator Alesi’s efforts.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced the passage of S.1150-B, which punishes repeatsexual offenders by mandating consecutive sentences for each act of first-degree rape. The bill, which he sponsors with Senator Dean Skelos, passed the Senate today, March 21, 2006.
Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) and Senator Joe Robach announced that a Legislative Resolution, honoring Dr. Manuel Rivera as the 2006 National Superintendent of the Year, passed the New York State Senate today, March 13, 2006.
The resolution, drafted by Senator Alesi and Robach, recognizes his award which is co-sponsored annually by the American Association of School Administrators and ARAMARK Education. Each year they bestow this most prestigious award upon an individual who has demonstrated outstanding all around leadership.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced the introduction of new legislation that would increase the penalties related to unlawful activities such as body stealing, the unlawful dissection of a human being, the unlawful opening of grave, and the sale and purchases of human organs.
In response to major medical breakthroughs in healing burn victims, fixing athletic knee injuries and easing back pain, the tissue bank industry has boomed in recent years.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) announced securing a $50,000 state grant to help support Monroe Community College in its efforts to provide classroom interpretive and note-taking services for disabled students.
"It is my hope in securing these funds that MCC will be able to continue to offer this vital service to students who otherwise would not have an opportunity to obtain a higher education," said Senator Alesi.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton) today announced that DWI legislation, which he authored, passed the New York State Senate, March 1, 2006. The bill (S.2272) would increase penalties for criminalconvictions of drunk or drugged driving where a child, under the age of 17, is a passenger.
Passage of the bill followed a press conference held by Senator Alesi and Mothers Against Drinking and Driving (M.A.D.D).
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today announced that, thanks to the efforts of the New York State Republican Senate Majority, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has withdrawn its new policy regarding the expiration of inspection stickers.
Senator Jim Alesi (R/C-Perinton) received the 2006 New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (NYAHSA) Leadership in Senior Services Award, Tuesday, February 13th at their Award Ceremony and Reception in Albany.
The award recognizes Senator Alesi’s commitment in providing high quality health care, housing, and community services to the elderly and people with special needs.
Senator Jim Alesi (R,C-Perinton) and Assemblywoman Ginny Fields (D,WFP-Sayville) are sponsoring bills in the NYS Senate and Assembly regarding the dangers that yo-yo waterballs pose to children. Their legislation (S.5960/A.9048) prohibits the sale, importation, manufacturing, or distribution of yo-yo waterballs 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) today called for local student entries for the 14th annual "I*ma*GREEN*nation" Celebration, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues.
The Senate-sponsored contest is open to students in grades one through eight, and includes an awards presentation at the State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, May 9, 2006, where winners will receive award medals, view submissions by their fellow students from around the state and have the opportunity to tour the seat of government.