Alesi Benefits From Same-Sex Marriage Vote


Like his Republican colleague Sen. Mark Grisanti, Sen. James Alesi is benefiting from campaign cash from gay-rights supporters after he voted late last month to legalize same-sex marriage.

Alesi, of Perinton, Monroe County, took in nearly $150,000 in contributions during the prior six months, with a surge of cash from major national supporters of same-sex marriage.

Alesi received the $10,300 maximum each from Tim Gill, a wealthy Colorado entrepreneur who heads the gay-rights group Gill Foundation, billionaire Robert Ziff and Frank Selvaggi, a member of the Empire State Pride Agenda board. Ziff also gave Alesi $6,500 for a potential primary election.

Alesi also reportedly received $10,300 from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but it doesn’t appear on Alesi’s form.

Grisanti also reported a similar haul after he and Alesi were two of four Republican senators to vote in favor of same-sex marriage. The measure passed on June 24 by a vote of 33-29.

The other two GOP senators who voted for the bill, Sens. Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie and Roy McDonald of Saratoga, have not filed their campaign reports yet.

Alesi also refunded $10,300 to the embattled ESL Sports Centre in his district.


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  1. Steven G. Poyzer on

    Can you say, morally and ethically corrupt? I can and will. Alesi, time to retire or resign, you are no longer a viable servant of the people.

  2. Billie Harris on

    I am very disappointed with Jim Alesi, I thought I knew him better. Curious to know which way Mr. Alesi would have voted if he didn’t get a “pay off” from same sex and gay rights supporters! This is exactly whats wrong with our government!!!