Press Releases

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...

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...

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...

Montesano Appointed New Deputy Minority Leader

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) is pleased to announce he has been appointed Deputy Minority Whip by Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski). “I am thrilled to be taking on this new role as deputy minority whip in...

Montesano: Veterans’ Mental Health is Nothing to Toy With

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) will be signing onto a letter to once again request the restoration of funding to the Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Counseling program, which the governor had slashed in his recently-proposed budget presentation....

Montesano Delivers Relief for American Water Customers

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) is pleased to announce he will be co-sponsoring a bill (A.9674) introduced by Assemblymember Charles D. Lavine (D-Plainview) to establish the North Shore Water Authority. This law will amend the public authorities...

Gov. Cuomo Threatens to Take Away Police Access to DMV Records

Last legislative session the Majority pushed for a bill which would provide driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. In doing this, U.S. Immigrations and Customs (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) no longer have access to DMV records,...

Majority Stays Silent While Bail Reform Rips Apart Families

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) attended a rally to repeal bail reform at the State Capitol on Tuesday, February 4 with law enforcement officials, Assembly colleagues and state senators.
Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) was proud to join colleagues from the Assembly and Senate and those in law enforcement for a rally in Albany today calling for the repeal of the recently-enacted bail reform. Over 250 people attended the...

Montesano Secures $4.1 Million for Route 109

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) is pleased to share that after much advocating on his part, Gov. Cuomo has announced $151 million in new funding for the renewal of state roadways which have been impacted by extreme weather conditions....

Montesano: Cuomo, What Are You Smoking? Leave Marijuana Out of the Budget

“The legalization of marijuana should in no way, shape or form be a part of the upcoming budget. We’ve already seen the consequences of what happens when non-budget related pieces of legislation, like bail reform, are buried in the budget. This...

Montesano Horrified at Assembly Majority Refusal to Acknowledge Issues with Bail Reform

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) stood alongside Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski) and his Assembly colleagues for a press conference today in the Capitol calling upon the Assembly Majority to address the issues...

Montesano Calls for Cuomo to Focus on State and Not Nation

Editor’s Note: Click Here(https://youtu.be/JRb10JXeO6E) a video of Assemblyman Montesano’s interview for immediate use “Instead of focusing on the issues right here in New York, Gov. Cuomo is putting too much of his focus at the national...

Montesano Co-Sponsors Bill To Reverse Harmful Criminal Justice Reforms

Today, Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) announced he co-sponsored a bill introduced by Assemblyman Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) that would fully repeal criminal justice reforms passed during the 2019 Legislative Session. Changes to our bail...

Montesano Pushes for Repaving & Repainting

As representative for the 15th Assembly District, there have been two concerns in particular which have been brought to my attention: the repaving of Route 109 and the rehabilitation of the LIRR Bridge at Merritt’s Road. I have personally visited...

Montesano Secures Over $400,000 for Local Libraries

“I am thrilled to announce that this year we were able to secure over $400,000 in state aid for the Library Construction Program for the 15th Assembly District alone. The Bethpage Public Library will be receiving nearly $200,000 to replace its walkways...