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  • Jim Alesi not running for re-election this year

  • State Sen. Jim Alesi, R-Perinton, announced on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in the fall.



    The Monroe County GOP has tapped Mendon state Assemblyman Sean Hanna to run in Alesi’s place.

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  • State Sen. Jim Alesi, R-Perinton, announced on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in the fall.
    Alesi spoke to reporters from the Gannett Albany Bureau about his decision.
    "It’s not really about Jim Alesi,” he said. “It’s about not wanting to risk going head to head with another Republican and risking the seat in a new district.”
    The Monroe County GOP has tapped Mendon state Assemblyman Sean Hanna to run in Alesi’s place.
    Because of redistricting, Alesi’s 55th State Senate District is changing, and will include parts of Monroe and Ontario counties.
    Alesi lost Conservative Party support last year when he became one of four Republicans to support New York's gay marriage law.
    Monroe County Republican Party Chair Bill Reilich said Alesi's troubles stem for a lawsuit that he filed against a local building and a Perinton couple.
    Alesi dropped the lawsuit, but not before it triggered a torrent of community outrage.
    Alesi fell off a ladder in a house as he was touring a new subdivision in Perinton. Alesi said he thought it was OK to tour the homes, but he didn't have permission of the homeowners and he was cited him for criminal trespass.
    The homeowners, John and Janet Hecker, didn't press charges.
    Reilich says this lawsuit created such ill will that it cost Alesi support from his own party.
    Alesi started his political career in the Monroe County Legislature in 1989, then moved on to the state Assembly in 1992.
    He's served in the State Senate since 1996.

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