Category Archives: Michael Montesano

Montesano Invites Local Business Owners to Attend Business Roundtable Discussion

Assemblyman Michael Montesano is excited to announce he will participate in a business roundtable discussion facilitated by Assemblyman Dean Murray on December 15. Topics will include how legislation regarding minimum wage will affect small businesses and tip workers (A.6203), wage compensation for schedule changes, paid family leave and other regulatory issues. The discussion will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rose Caracappa Auditorium at the Suffolk County Legislature, William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown.


“As businesses are the backbone of any community, discussions on how to improve them should occur frequently,” said Montesano. “I look forward to learning more about what my colleagues and business owners have to say about these topics and sharing my own thoughts about passed and pending legislation which affects the business community. I would like to invite business owners from my Assembly District to attend and participate in this discussion and give testimony on topics such as wage compensation for schedule changes, paid family leave and minimum wage. Coming together to share ideas and thoughts is important when it comes to the growth of the business community.”


Business owners in the 15th Assembly District who would like to attend or learn more about this event may contact Montesano’s district office at (516) 937-3571.


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Montesano Supports Legislation for Autism Spectrum Disorder Training for First Responders

Assemblyman Michael Montesano has announced co-sponsorship of a bill (A.223) which would allow the commissioner of developmental disabilities, along with other agency representatives, to create an autism training program for first responders statewide. This would teach first responders how to handle emergency situations in which individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be involved. Included in the program would be law enforcement officers and firefighters, both paid and volunteer, among other first responders across the state of New York.


“Every day first responders come in contact with a variety of individuals who are as unique as the emergency situations themselves,” said Montesano. “While first responders are trained to deal with a variety of crisis situations, the protocols they are taught to follow may not be the best way to interact with a person with an ASD. This is why it is crucial for our first responders to understand ASDs and the behaviors individuals with an ASD could exhibit should the first responders need to assist them as best they can.”


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Montesano to Host Car Seat Safety Check

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) will host his annual car seat safety check, in partnership with the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board, on Friday, September 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Glen Head Community Center.


Montesano encourages all parents and guardians of young children to attend the event to learn how to install different car seats, as each type has specific installation requirements. Proper car seat safety can make a difference whether or not a child is severely harmed should there be an accident. Appointments are required, to schedule your appointment call Montesano’s district office at (516) 937-3571 or emailing


WHO: Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head)

WHAT: Car Seat Safety Check

WHEN: Friday, September 15; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Glen Head Community Center, 200 Glen Head Road, Glen Head, NY


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Parking Changes at Westbury LIRR Station

This week, Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head) and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) are announcing some parking changes at the Westbury Station of the LIRR to encompass the Post Avenue Bridge construction and the Northern Trust PGA Tour event happening this month.


The Post Avenue Bridge is being replaced this October. Due to some pre-construction work and demolition of the old bridge span, the west end of the commuter parking lot, on Railroad Avenue, will be closed as construction activity amps up, starting August 14. A total of 89 parking spots will be affected. Officials expect that once the pre-construction operation is completed, 58 parking spaces will become available.


“Making sure our roads and bridges are safe for all Long Island families is important, even if it costs us a few parking spaces,” said Montesano. “I’m glad we were able to set aside some money in the budget this year to make improvements to infrastructure like the Post Avenue Bridge.”


This week, the PGA Tour will be holding the Northern Trust PGA Tour event at The Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury. The Tour will have many fans taking the LIRR to and from the golf event, between Saturday August 19 and Monday August 28. Buses will be available to transport golf fans to and from the Westbury Station and the golf course. Parking spaces at the Westbury Station will be limited.


“The Northern Trust PGA Tour Event at the Glen Oaks Club will bring people from across the country to watch golf. It’s a great way to show off how beautiful Long Island is in the summer months, and it’s a great boost for our local economy,” said Montesano. “Parking will be limited at the Westbury Station, but the idea to shuttle fans to and from the golf course will hopefully clear up some anticipated traffic congestion.”


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Tona Law Awarding $1000 Semi-Annual Scholarship to Veterans Returning to School

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head) wants all veterans to know that this year Tona Law firm is offering a $1000 semi-annual scholarship to veterans who are going back to school.


To get more information and to apply for the scholarship go to the Tona Law website. The deadline is July 31 for the fall semester.


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Montesano: DOT to Make Route 109 Safer

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head) reached out to the Long Island Regional Director of the Department of Transportation (DOT) after numerous fatal car accidents on Route 109 and Main Street in Farmingdale. After conducting an extensive investigation including accident analysis, speed studies and a review of the existing roadway geometry, DOT has decided to reduce the existing lane widths and upgrade all pavement markings on Route 109 and Route 24. In addition, DOT will modify the current timing signal configuration and add a left turn only signal. The posted speed limit on Route 109 will be reduced from 40 to 35 MPH.


“I’m glad the DOT has investigated and addressed our concerns. I hope the corrective measures being put into place and cooperation by motorists will cut down on the traffic fatalities moving forward,” said Montesano.


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Montesano Announces $13,000 in Aid for Locust Valley Public Library

This year, Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head) was able to secure $13,000 in additional funding for the Locust Valley Public Library. The library provides classes and services for people of all ages and has great community participation in the programs offered.


“I was happy to be able to secure this extra funding. Libraries are so important to our communities, and Locust Valley Public Library offers so many great programs for people of all ages. It’s great to be able to give back to those who do so much for us,” said Montesano.


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Montesano’s Sunshine Legislation to Create Transparency with LLCs Passes Assembly

This week is “Sunshine Week” in the Legislature, a week that shines light on corruption and unethical behaviors by Albany lawmakers. This week, the Assembly passed the LLC Landlord Transparency Bill (A.3242), which was sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head). This bill would require any LLCs that are renting real property to the State of New York to report the names and addresses of all members belonging to the LLC.


Big contributions have been made to campaign accounts by LLCs expecting the state to become tenants of properties they own. Over the past decade many have called for open government and transparency with regard to who is donating money to fund political campaigns, and their special interests.


“This bill will prevent sweetheart real estate deals between LLCs and public officials. Making long-term rental agreements with outside political allies is wrong. The taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill for the state to rent properties from LLCs that have donated to political campaigns. This will expose those involved and prevent these types of things from happening,” said Montesano.


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Montesano Sponsors ‘Learning To Work Program’

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head) announced his sponsorship of legislation (A.4333) that will enact the “Learning to Work Program.” The program establishes an apprenticeship program for high school students, creates an enhanced Regents Professional Diploma and a youth apprenticeship tax credit for employers who use the program.


“We need to make sure that our children are prepared for the workforce after graduating high school. The Learn to Work Program provides on-the-job apprenticeships for students who are looking to go right into the workforce after high school,” said Montesano.


Gov. Cuomo recently created a task force that will be traveling across the state holding meetings to collect public opinion and input on the programs initiatives. Montesano will take part in meetings held on Long Island.


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Montesano Stands with Highway Workers – Rallies for More Funding

Highway WorkersAssemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head) joined bipartisan members of the Legislature, highway superintendents and road workers to rally at the Capitol for increasing Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding in this year’s budget. The group is asking for an increase of $150 million and an annual $50 million increase to support road and bridge repairs.


“I live on Long Island, and without highways and bridges we wouldn’t be able to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in New York. Key infrastructure projects like these keep our residents safe, our economy growing and create jobs. It’s important to make sure that we are properly funding the infrastructure in New York,” said Montesano.



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