Press Releases

Montesano Urges Qualifying Homeowners to Take Advantage of Tax Relief Program

The New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR) application deadline of March 1, 2011 is fast approaching, and Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C – Glen Head) is urging qualifying homeowners to take advantage of the rebates the program offers....

Montesano Joined By Comptroller In Fighting Corruption

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) applauds Comptroller DiNapoli’s program bill that would strip pension benefits from public officials convicted of a felony related to the unlawful use of their position. Less than a month ago, Assemblyman...

Montesano Sponsors Legislation to Enact Greater Oversight of the State’s Retirement System

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) recently reintroduced legislation (A. 3164) which would create the Employee Retirement System Board of Trustees to operate the New York state and local employees' retirement system and the New York state...

Montesano: Good Government Is Open Government

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) joined several concerned colleagues in pushing for critical rules reforms on January 31. These reforms are meant to ensure fairness, transparency, and openness in the new legislative session. The rules...

Governor’s Budget Plan Reflects A Harsh Reality

The budget plan reflects the tough choices and harsh realities that New York state faces. The state is in a dire fiscal crisis and the budget is a product of that situation. I am excited that the governor took on many of the structural issues engrained...

Montesano: Tax-Saving Opportunities – Claim Your Earned Income Tax Credit

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R, I, C – Glen Head) is reminding residents to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is a refundable credit for people who work but do not earn high incomes. To find out if you are eligible, go to www.irs.gov/eitc....

Assembly Minority Members Participate In Long Island Business Forum

Several of Long Island’s Assembly Minority Members recently participated in the Long Island Advancement of Small Business’ panel discussion, titled “What Is Albany Doing for Long Island’s Small Businesses?” Attending the event...

Letter to DiNapoli

January 11, 2010 The Honorable Thomas P. DiNapoliOffice of the State Comptroller110 State Street Albany, NY 12236 Dear Comptroller DiNapoli: I write you in regards to an urgent matter that requires the immediate attention of your office. In...

Letter to Cuomo

January 11, 2010 The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of New York StateNYS State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo: I write you in regards to an urgent matter that requires the immediate attention of your office. In a time...

Montesano Looks to Governor and Comptroller For Support in Stripping State Pensions from Convicted Felons

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) sent a letter to Governor Cuomo and Comptroller DiNapoli requesting support for Assembly bill 000271. The bill would deny retirement benefits to public officials convicted of felonies related to the...

Montesano Urges the Governor to Follow Through On Promises of Fiscal Prudence

I am optimistic with Governor Cuomo’s message of fiscal accountability and responsibility. The governor has set a difficult path that will take both resolve and hard work. Rightsizing government, cutting spending, and reducing the burden on New...

A Time To Reflect And Prepare For A New Year

I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season. Like most, the holidays represent a special time for me. Whether it is decorating the tree, hanging the stockings, or enjoying a holiday meal, it all is made more enjoyable by the presence...

Assemblyman Montesano Encourages Participation In This Year’s Toys For Tots Holiday Toy Drive

To help ensure that all children have a memorable holiday experience, Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) is teaming up with the United States Marine Corps Reserve for their annual Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive. Each year, since 1947,...

Assemblyman Montesano Statement On Legislature’s Emergency Session

“Like the Roman emperor who made a desert and called it peace, legislative leaders have convened for another unproductive special session and called it progress,” said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head). “With a $9.2...

In Letter, Montesano Calls On State To Halt MTA Tax Windfall

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C- Glen Head) today called on state leaders to put the brakes on further taxpayer-funded payments to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) until it submits to a complete forensic audit. In separate letters...

Montesano: Bill Ends Tax Discrimination Against Catholic And Non-Public Schools

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C- Glen Head) recently voted to approve Assembly bill 11587, which would provide equity to parochial and non-public schools by allowing them to be reimbursed for the cost of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority...

Assemblyman Montesano Statement On 2010-2011 State Budget

“The 2010-2011 New York State budget can be summed up in one word: failure,” said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head). “A failure of leadership. A failure to meet self-defined deadlines. A failure of fiscal restraint that...

Assemblyman Montesano Statement On June 21, Last Official Day Of Session

"Not with a bang but with a whimper – that is apparently how this governor and his Assembly Majority friends have chosen to bring our scheduled legislative session to an end," said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head). "Left...

Assemblyman Montesano Statement On Funding For State Parks

“Today’s so-called ‘parks funding’ was nothing more than a stealth tax on small businesses and manufacturers negotiated behind closed doors and without public debate,” said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head). “Rather...

Montesano Honors Special Guests On Disabilities Day

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) today recognized those brave individuals who have overcome their disabilities to make a positive impact on their community. The New York State Assembly’s Legislative Disabilities Day is an annual...