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).
Senator Jim Alesi (R, C, I – Perinton) announced today that Ginny Clark, Vice President of Community Affairs at Constellation Brands, has been selected as a 2011 “Woman of Distinction.” Ms. Clark was honored May 24th, at a ceremony at the State Capitol in Albany.
In a strong display of bi-partisanship, the New York State Senate today unanimously passed legislation introduced by Senator Jim Alesi (R, C, I – Perinton), that would enable public and private academic and research libraries in New York State to create an information infrastructure unequaled in the world.
With the budget now complete, Senator Jim Alesi (R-C-I – Perinton) joins Governor Cuomo and his colleagues in the New York State Senate to pressure the Assembly to prioritize the passage of property-tax cap legislation. Earlier this year, Senator Alesi voted in favor of S.2706, which would place a cap on the growth of local government and school distri