Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) was elected to the New York State Assembly in a Special Election on February 9, 2010.
Montesano, a Glen Head resident since 1979, was a police officer and detective for the NYPD for a decade and also served as an EMT supervisor and investigator for the NYC Emergency Medical Service.
After starting his own private practice law firm in 1990, Montesano served as Acting Village Justice in Roslyn Harbor. He also was a Village Prosecutor for Roslyn Harbor and adjunct professor at the New York Institute of Technology.
He is a former President of the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association and former President of the Nassau County Magistrates Association. He has also served as President, Vice President and Trustee of the North Shore School District Board of Education and has volunteered for a variety of community groups.
Montesano received an Associate’s Degree from Nassau County Community College, Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University, and law degree from CUNY Law School at Queens College.
Montesano and his wife Donna reside in Glen Head.
As the current representative and Republican candidate for the 15th Assembly District’s 2020 election, my first priority remains the people I hope to continue to represent.
While I continue to support reform of the criminal justice system, I am against the bail reform legislation which was enacted earlier this year and has continually failed our communities. In my opinion, it must be re-evaluated.
A few of my other priorities, which I have only increased my support of amid the COVID-19 pandemic, includes more funding for schools and other educational facilities, supporting programs for individuals with special needs and maintaining initiatives for seniors. I also believe we need to help small businesses which have greatly suffered during this pandemic, with many sadly shutting their doors permanently.
In addition, I support ethics reform to make the government more transparent and about the people, pushing for term limits, stripping corrupt public officials of pensions and benefits, and stopping the backroom deals which plague our government.
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