Press Releases

Montesano Calls Cuomo Out on Losing Focus on COVID-19

“What Gov. Cuomo should be focusing on is figuring out a vaccine program which actually works in order for New Yorkers to get the COVID-19 vaccine sooner, rather than later. Instead, he is very much all talk and no action. Most of his talk is about...

Montesano Condemns Trump Supporters Actions at U.S. Capitol

“I am completely appalled and condemn the actions of the Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier this afternoon, some armed with firearms. While people have every right to protest and show their displeasure, violence and terrorizing others...

Montesano: Cuomo Taxing New Yorkers Out Of The State

The holiday season is upon us and the coming New Year also means a new legislative session is just around the corner. This year we will have the enormous task of eliminating the immense budget gap only made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. While New York...

Montesano Announces Local Library Aid

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) is pleased to announce the New York State Department of  Education  has awarded 232 construction grants across the state to local libraries, totaling $34 million. Two of the grants are being awarded to...

Montesano: Gov. Cuomo Goes Off the Deep End

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) is condemning this morning's rhetoric coming from Gov. Cuomo, after the governor called for an emergency press briefing shortly after President Trump announced he is looking to pull federal funds from...

Montesano: Planting Fields Foundation Receives $70,000 Grant

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) is pleased to announce the Planting Fields Foundation has received a $70,000 grant from the Parks and Trails organization. The foundation will use this grant to hire an architect to reuse and preserve a...

Montesano Supports Mental Health Services

Now more than ever, do we have a mental health crisis on our hands here in New York and across the nation. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a number of hardships to be placed on the shoulders of residents, not just that of physical health but also mental...

Schmidlapp-Humes Estate to be on Register of Historic Places

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) is pleased to announce the State Review Board has recommended that the Schmidlapp-Humes Estate, also known as the Humes Preserve, in Mill Neck be listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places....

Montesano Pushes for Nursing Home Visits

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) is outraged at Gov. Cuomo's lack of sympathy to residents of New York's nursing homes by still not allowing visitors to see their loved ones. As of right now, while assisted living residents may...

Montesano Calls for Nursing Homes to be allowed to Deny COVID-19 Patients to Protect Residents

Recently, I have shown my support of a bill which would help provide the proper care and communication for those in nursing homes during disease outbreaks. During this time when our senior population is most vulnerable, it is our duty to protect them...

Montesano Pushes for Financial Relief for Volunteer EMS & Firefighters

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) and the Assembly Minority Conference are pleased to announce a bill which calls for financial aid for volunteer firefighters and EMS workers who have been working around the clock amid the COVID-19 pandemic....

Montesano Pushes for Preparations for Regional Restarts

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) is pleased to announce the Assembly Minority Conference is proposing the “New York State Regional Restart” initiative in response to the current New York on PAUSE restrictions and the future...

NYS Budget Finally Passes

I am relieved to announce the budget has passed for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The budget, which was agreed upon after days of negotiation and debate, was due on midnight of April 1 but wasn't passed until the early morning hours of April 3. It is disappointing...

Montesano Pushes for Relief for Small Businesses

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) is pleased to announce that the Assembly Minority Conference has introduced the Small Business Emergency Recovery Act of 2020 in an effort to help small businesses which are struggling to survive during...

Montesano Pushes for Bare Bones Budget to Keep New York Afloat

“As we are moving closer to the budget deadline of April 1, as per usual, we continue to have difficulties in negotiations as the governor and Majority politicians are insisting policy-related issues be included in the upcoming budget. Though the...

Don't Take Advantage of Public Health Crisis, Cuomo

“Every year, Gov. Cuomo and the Assembly Majority sneak in policy-related issues or demand they be added to the budget, usually last minute and late at night. I fear that this year will be no different and am outraged another blatant attempt could...

Montesano Pushes to Stop Police Dousing Incidents

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) has announced he will be signing on to support a bill (A.8682) which would make it a crime to douse a police officer with any substances. In the past few years, there have been increases in incidents where...

Montesano Calls for Feds to Crack Down on Big Pharma

For far too long, the pharmaceutical companies in America have taken advantage of our country's generous patent laws to make substantial windfalls. Exorbitant drug prices have only continued to get worse, with some cancer treatments costing more than...

Cuomo Puts Law Enforcement and Communities at Risk

Members of the Assembly Minority were briefed on Monday, February 24 by representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the Green Light Law's (A.3675B) potential dangers. “It is utterly...

Montesano Pushes to Block LIPA from Settlement

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) has announced his intent to sign onto legislation (A.7786) which will prevent the Long Island Power Authority from receiving a refund from last year's tax payments, which would ultimately impact and...