Category Archives: Michael Montesano

Montesano Calls for Further Investigation to New York American Water

A Statement from Assemblyman Michael Montesano

 

“While the problems with New York American Water (NYAW) have been obvious for a while, the recent release of the Public Service Commission’s report on the company makes it evident there is more to the issue than just the outrageous rates. It has now been brought to light that NYAW has made incorrect and misleading filings to the Office of Real Property Tax Services. NYAW has also withheld information from the Public Service Commission during its rate proceedings and given deceptive statements during the hearings. This, on top of the sky-high rates which residents are forced to pay because there is no alternative water provider in many areas, is completely unacceptable. I am calling upon both the Nassau County District Attorney and New York’s Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation and convene a special grand jury to ensure this company, and the responsible employees, are held accountable for these actions as a whole. The termination of these few employees is not sufficient in relation to the gravity of the misconduct committed. It is time we take this beast head-on.”

 

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Montesano: We Should Help Victims’ Voices Be Heard, Not Silence Them

Assemblyman Michael Montesano is pleased to announce his co-sponsorship of a bill (A.10692) which would require the parole board to consider testimony from victims and other members of the community during parole hearings by amending both the executive and criminal procedure laws.

 

“The voices of victims deserve to be heard, especially when the person who negatively impacted their lives is up for parole,” said Montesano. “Currently, the parole board doesn’t take into consideration how the victims or public will be affected by the release of an offender. By not taking into consideration their testimonies, we are essentially telling them what they went through doesn’t matter. As a lawyer and former law enforcement official, I feel we should be continuing to help the voices of victim to be heard, not silencing them.

 

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LIRR Advisory from Assemblyman Montesano

Assemblyman Michael Montesano would like to inform Long Island residents of the upcoming track work and construction the LIRR will be performing between the Hicksville and Ronkonkoma stations as part of the Double Track Project. The work will take place over three weekends:

 

Saturday, April 28, 12:30 a.m. – Monday, April 30, 12:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 5, 12:30 a.m. – Monday, May 7, 12:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 19, 12:30 a.m. – Monday, May 21, 12 :30 a.m.

 

Additional outages will occur from June to August, and the LIRR will provide more details on closures at that time.

 

During the construction the weekend of April 28 – 30, from Farmingdale through Ronkonkoma, a switch will be removed and a track will be realigned west of the Central Islip station and east of Carleton Avenue. The south platform of the Central Islip station will be out of service from April 28 through May 4, so commuters must use the north platform. After the south platform re-opens, the north platform will be closed for construction from May 5 through July 20. Construction will continue at the Wyandanch station and track and signal work will continue between the Farmingdale and Deer Park stations.

 

Bus service will be provided for commuters who are traveling between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma, but customers are also encouraged to use the Babylon line as an alternative. Customers taking buses should expect up to 46 minutes of additional travel time going eastbound and to board buses up to 46 minutes earlier than usual going westbound.

 

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May 5: ‘I Love My Park’ Day

Assemblyman Michael Montesano is pleased to announce his support of the seventh annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018. This is a statewide event run by Parks & Trails New York in which New York’s parks and other historical sites are improved through cleanups and beautification by communities. Locally, the Bethpage State Park and Planting Fields Arboretum State Park will both have events on I Love My Park Day.

 

“With spring upon us, many of us are ready to get outside and start enjoying the nice weather and scenery,” said Montesano. “In order to ensure generations to come will be able to enjoy our parks, it is important for us to come together to keep them clean and beautiful. It is wonderful that we are able to have events like this, which not only help our environment but also bring our communities together.”

 

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Montesano Proposes Elevating Crime of Leaving Accident Scene to Felony

Assemblyman Michael Montesano announces his co-sponsorship of a bill (A.6164) which would make leaving the scene of an accident, that results in personal injury, without reporting it, currently a class A misdemeanor, a class E felony.

 

“No matter what the circumstances which cause an accident, avoiding the repercussions you might face is not worth risking someone else’s life,” said Montesano. “The repercussions will only be worse should you leave the scene of an accident. Other parties involved may need medical assistance and be unable to call for help, which is why it is so dangerous to leave the scene and not report what happened. This is why I support raising the penalties against those who leave the scene of an accident. While it might be a rash decision that they later regret, they still decided not getting in trouble is more important than someone else’s life. It is sad that we have to create harsher penalties to encourage people to stay on-scene and call for help, but if it’s what we have to do in order to protect our communities it must be done. There is almost nothing worse than a coward with little concern for other human life.”

 

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Montesano Proposes Changes to DWI Laws to Include Boaters

Assemblyman Michael Montesano announced his co-sponsorship of a bill (A.9867) which will amend the navigation, vehicle and traffic, criminal procedure and penal laws for a more comprehensive response to boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 

“It shouldn’t matter if you are driving a car or a boat, driving any vehicle while intoxicated is dangerous and should be taken seriously,” said Montesano. “Two years ago, a boater who killed a young girl in a boating accident while under the influence was found not guilty because law enforcement officers did not have the right tools to test the individual on scene. So while that man gets to walk free without any repercussions, a family will never be whole again due to his actions.”

 

Currently, law enforcement officials lack the necessary resources to test boaters for drug use while on the water. This can make it difficult to efficiently bring to justice those who are boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

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Montesano Supports Closing the LLC Loophole

Assemblyman Michael Montesano recently announced his support for an act (A.9758-b) to amend the election law in terms of political contributions. Currently, a single individual is allowed to make numerous contributions to the same candidate, or committee, via separate Limited Liability Companies (LLC’s). The proposed legislation would close this much-abused loophole that has allowed some politicians to get around contribution limits and create a uniform law.

 

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Schools Aren’t Winning the Lottery, They Need More Funds

An Opinion Piece by Assemblyman Michael Montesano

 

For as long as many of us can remember, it has been said children are the future. In my opinion, if children are the future, we must help and prepare them in any way we can for them to not only have successful lives, but for all of us to have a successful future. Providing every child with a strong and well-rounded education is the start of this endeavor. In order to accomplish this, schools must have the funds readily available to help each child achieve this goal.

 

When the state Lottery was created, it was determined the net funds would supplement education funding. This means that in addition to the funding our education system would get from the state General Fund, the system would get the revenue generated by the Lottery. However, this has not been the case in years past. Instead, the money from the Lottery is used to replace part of the money which is taken from the state General Fund.

 

I propose we use the funds for what they were originally intended for: strengthening our education system. Education is the most important program New York State can fund, as it helps prepare our children for their future. Additionally, by giving the education system the money intended for it in the first place, less money will be taken from taxpayers later on in the form of property tax increases when the education system ultimately needs more money. The revenue from the state Lottery is supposed to be supplementing education funding, not replacing part of the General Fund.

 

Many complain that by using both the Lottery revenue and funds from the General Fund to support education, little money would be left for the plethora of programs New York State has in existence. To this, I say we need to spend less, as education should be a top priority in New York. These programs can’t function without well-educated people to run them, and we should be offering our children the best education possible. Not everyone goes to college, so we need to prepare our children, our future, for the best possible chance at life.

 

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Montesano Issues Public Advisory: LIRR Construction from Ronkonkoma to Hicksville

Assemblyman Michael Montesano would like to inform Long Islanders that track work will be performed on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and construction will take place between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma as part of the Double Track Project. The main line will be out of service between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma from Saturday, March 3 at 12:50 a.m. to Monday, March 5, at 12:46 a.m., as well as Saturday, March 10 from 12:50 a.m. to Monday, March 12 at 12:46 a.m. During this time, a new crossover east of the Farmingdale platform will be installed, along with track work along the stretch from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma and the continuation of platform renovation from Wyandanch and Pinelawn stations.

 

“While this will be an inconvenience to some riders, we must look at this as the LIRR making progress to improving the quality of their service,” said Montesano. “I hope that the LIRR and the MTA will stick to this schedule and finish the construction and track work in a timely manner so that it doesn’t affect Long Island resident’s commutes any more than it should have to.”

 

Alternative travel options will be provided through buses to shuttle passengers at stations from Ronkonkoma through Hicksville, with train service resuming afterward with Ronkonkoma going eastbound and Hicksville westbound. Eastbound passengers should plan for an additional 44 minutes of travel time and westbound passengers should anticipate to board buses up to 44 minutes earlier than normal.

 

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Montesano Pushes for Increased Funding in New York State Libraries

Assemblyman Michael Montesano recently announced his support to increase funding for New York State’s libraries. Despite an increase in library construction grants in 2017, libraries are still behind in being able to provide sufficient services to New Yorkers.

 

“Libraries are more than just homes for books, they provide so much more to their communities,” said Montesano. “They offer access to things such as financial, technology, job, consumer health, start-up businesses and education training to residents. Based off of recent census data, this year Library Aid should be at $102.6 million. Instead it is at $91.6 million, a number more appropriate for 2000. I am proud to be supporting the request for increased funding for libraries in New York, as there is a lack of balance between funding for education institutions and libraries, both of which are important to communities. These facilities are used by New Yorkers of all ages and should receive adequate funds for the people they serve.”

 

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