Rochester-Area Senator Will Not Run for Re-Election

Sen. Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) announced last week that he will not run for re-election this fall to the 55th Senate District seat he has held since 1996.  In 2011, Alesi was the first Senate Republican to announce his support for same-sex marriage, and was one of four Republican senators who voted for the bill. His vote won him supporters in the gay community and has been a windfall for his campaign fund, but cost him the support of the Conservative Party.

Assemblyman Sean Hanna (R-Mendon) has announced that he intends to run for the seat.  On the Democratic side, Monroe County Legislator Ted O’Brien has announced his intent to run for the seat as well.

Bill Nojay, a conservative radio host in the Rochester area, and Richard Burke, former Mayor of Avon in Livingston County, both say they plan to run to replace Hanna in the 133rd Assembly District.


Congressional Primaries Set


The state Board of Elections has certified candidates for New York’s June 26 Congressional primaries for the U.S. Senate and various House seats.

In the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, New York City Congressman Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos are competing to challenge incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in November.

In the 18th Congressional District in the Hudson Valley, Sean Patrick Maloney, Rich Becker and three other candidates are competing to take one first-term Republican incumbent Nan Heyworth.

In the 27th Congressional District in Western New York, Republicans Chris Collins and David Bellavia are competing to take on incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul.  Hochul won the seat in a special election in 2011.