James Alesi

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James Alesi
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New York Senate District 55
Former Member
In office
1996 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
State Assembly
1992 - 1996
Place of birthEast Rochester, NY
ProfessionBusiness Owner
James Alesi is a former Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 55 from 1997, when he won a special election, to 2013. Alesia was Deputy Town (Republican) Leader for the Town of Perinton. He was a member of the Monroe County Legislature from 1989 to 1992. He then served in the New York State Assembly from 1992 to 1996.

Alesi announced in May 2012 that he would not seek re-election in 2012 in part because he did not want to risk facing another Republican and risk losing the seat.[1]


Alesi attended Saint John Fisher College. His professional experience includes being the owner/operator of Allstate Commercial Laundries, Incorporated.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Alesi served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Alesi served on these committees:


Senator Alesi on the Property Tax Bill[3]

Campaign themes


Alesi's campaign website listed four main issues:

  • Job Creation: "A proven business leader, he has fought for worker’s rights, as well as for reforms to the bureaucracy, high taxes, healthcare and worker’s compensation costs that impair New York’s ability to attract and retain businesses and good-paying jobs. Senator Alesi’s committment to Small Business was recognized when he received both the “Champion of New York Business Award” by the New York State Business Council and the “Champion of Small Business Award” from the Support Services Alliance, and was reaffirmed when he was twice named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business."
  • Education: " A key component to stimulating the economy is investing in education. The greater Rochester region is home to nineteen colleges and universities and Senator Alesi continues to be a tireless champion of their academic and research initiatives. Believing that Rochester can lead the way in high-tech research and jobs, the Senator was instrumental in securing funding for the new Math and Science Center housed at Nazareth College. Developed by the Rochester Area Colleges, a consortium of the region’s nineteen colleges and universities, the Center will work to attract the best and brightest math and science faculty and students to the region."
  • Promoting the Arts: "A strong believer that the arts are an integral part of the local economy and a child’s education, Senator Alesi continues to fight for and fund programs and organizations that allow the arts to thrive in the greater Rochester region. Two years ago, the Senator was nominated by Garth Fagan Dance for the first annual National Public Leadership in the Arts award from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Senator Alesi is also a founding sponsor of the extremely successful Rochester International Jazz Festival, which will host its ninth edition this June. Additionally the Senator has secured millions of dollars for local area arts organizations, museums and scholarship programs."
  • Public Health: "Senator Alesi's concern for the health and well-being of his constituents is evident throughout the local community. He has helped to secure millions of dollars for the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital and Rochester General Hospital for research, treatment, emergency services and preventive health. The Senator sponsors an annual Family Health and Fitness Fair in Monroe County. "



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Alesi did not run for re-election in 2012.[1]


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Alesi was unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. He defeated Mary Wilmot (D) in the general election.[4][5] He ran as a member of the Republican, Independence and Conservative party.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 55 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Alesi (R) 57,025
Mary Wilmot (D) 50,163


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, James Alesi won the election for New York State Senate, District 55 with 85,403 votes.

Alesi raised $711,534 for his campaign.[6]

New York State Senate, District 55 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Alesi (R) 85,403
David Nachbar (D) 56,229

Campaign donors


Listed below are the largest contributors to Alesi's 2010 campaign.[7]


Listed below are the five largest contributors to James Alesi's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Monroe County Republican CMTE $111,982
1737 York Realty LLC $9,500
Friends for the Election of Dean Skelos $9,500
Barclay Street Realty $9,500
CMTE to Re-elect Senator Joseph Bruno $9,500

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Preceded by
New York Senate District 55
Succeeded by
Ted O'Brien (D)