On June 21, 2017, James S. Alesi was appointed Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission), his term runs through February 1, 2021.
Prior to starting with the Commission, Mr. Alesi served in elective office for 23 years, starting as a Monroe County Legislator, then a State Assemblyman, and ultimately as Senator. In the Senate, he was Chairman of the Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee. In addition, he held highly influential positions on several additional Senate committees including Energy and Telecommunications, Finance, Rules, and Labor. During his tenure, he also served as Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee. As a member of the Senate Committee on Investigations, Senator Alesi was appointed to a Bipartisan Special Ethics Investigation Committee, which was co-chaired by now Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He was appointed to the NYS Small Business Advisory Board and the NYS Workforce Investment Board by Governor Pataki. He was reappointed by Governor Patterson. His efforts focused on the need for job creation and retention in a work environment that treated workers fairly. As a former union member and small business owner, he has a unique understanding of the mutual needs of business and labor. He retired undefeated from the Senate in 2012, having served with five Governors. Prior to his appointment to the Commission, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo had appointed him as a member of the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board in 2013.
Mr. Alesi graduated from St. John Fisher College. For many years, he owned a statewide commercial laundry business with operations in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany regions. He has served on several not-for-profit boards and has received nearly 300 awards from various community organizations.
Commissioner Alesi resides in East Rochester.
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