I have to tell you, this has me fuming and sick. I hope you all are as incensed as I am at this situation. Please forward this on to everyone you know.
On January 19, 2008 my husband received a phone call from the Monroe County Sheriff that someone had broken into a custom home he was building in Perinton. The trespasser had entered the home, attempted to climb a ladder from the basement to the first floor, slipped on the ladder and broke his leg. The kicker here? The trespasser was James Alesi, our NYS Senator. Senator Alesi was at a custom home DiRisio Builders was building for a client-a private sold job. There was no “For Sale” sign or a realtor sign on this particular property. IT WAS NOT OPEN. It was late afternoon and the home was secured. He proceeded to walk around back through the snow, entered the building and attempted to climb up a metal extension ladder (in his wet dress shoes) and slipped and broke his leg.
Today, a letter arrived from an attorney saying that James Alesi is suing the home owner and DiRisio Builders for negligence and for his pain and suffering. This is the same Senator who is a member of the Special Committe on Ethics and he is the CHAIRMAN of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. So he is a proponent of trying to promote small business? Isn’t suing DiRisio Builders, a small custom home builder, a contradiction of terms? He was trespassing and broke his leg after gaining illegal entry. He was trying to look around for his friend. If he was that interested in the home, my husband would have been more than happy to meet him at that home or our model to show him around. Yet, he decided to take matters into his own hands and enter a private property. I guess the rule of law doesn’t apply to some elected officials? Was he above the law?
Oh, by the way – the statute of limitations for both civil and criminal trespass in NYS is 3 years. What a coincidence that he filed his suit on exactly the last day of the 3 years??? So now he is allowing no time for either Lou or the home owner their right to due process.
The Monroe County Sheriff Deputy asked my husband and the home owner when this all happened if they wanted to press trespassing charges and they agreed not to add insult to “injury” and declined to press charges. So three years TO THE DAY of the accident the letter arrived saying Alesi was suing. This is absolutely disturbing that our elected officials who create our laws then turn around and take advantage of these laws and the system for their own personal benefit. A man of the people? More like a man for himself.
An article was written by Gary Craig about this in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in March of 2008, “Senator breaks leg, trespassing into model house” was the headline of the article. I’m hoping by drawing attention to this situation we can spread the word and the message that his original and subsequent actions are inexcusable and unexplainable. Please repost this in your blog, FaceBook page, or send it in email to everyone you think who would be interested in this.