Category Archives: New York State Assembly

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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Miller: We are Costing New Yorkers Money, Local Roads Matter

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller, along with a bipartisan group of state legislators, has united with a statewide coalition of local leaders and county and town highway superintendents to call upon the governor for increased support for local roads, culverts and bridges in New York. The coalition is calling for an $85 million increase in state aid for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) in addition to the restoration of another $65 million for the “Extreme Weather Recovery” allocation, which was passed last year but not present in the governor’s proposed 2018-2019 State Budget.


“Whether you drive, take a cab or use public transportation, we all use the roadways of New York in one way or another,” said Miller. “New York’s roadways take us to work, doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, visits to friends and our children to school. They need our attention to ensure we all get where we need to go in a safe and efficient manner. By not keeping these roadways, bridges and culverts in tip-top shape, we are costing ourselves money. We need to continue to work together, across party lines, to make sure our local roads and bridges are well maintained so we can drive with peace of mind.”


According to TRIP, a national transportation research group, unmaintained roadways cost New Yorkers nearly $25 billion a year, around $2,300 per the average driver, in fuel costs, lost time, vehicle repairs and other expenses.


In the letter sent to the governor, the coalition highlighted the seriousness of recognizing “that local governments continue to struggle to address budgetary demands in the face of the state-imposed property tax cap and freeze, rising pension and health care costs, unfunded state mandates, and stagnant Aid to Municipalities (AIM). This clearly demonstrates the incredible challenge facing our local municipalities to meet the critical investment level needed to maintain and improve local roads, bridges, and culverts. A stronger state-local partnership is the only answer.”


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Assemblyman Curran Meets with Baldwin and Freeport Students in Albany

Baldwin And Freeport Students In Albany

Assemblyman Brian Curran met with students from Baldwin and Freeport High Schools at the Capitol building in Albany.

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st AD) met with students from Baldwin and Freeport High Schools at the Capitol building in Albany. The students came to learn about the legislative process and discuss education funding as well as other budget issues. Baldwin Board of Education members Karyn Reid and Susan Cools accompanied the students to Albany.


“It’s always a pleasure to welcome local students to Albany and to the Assembly Chamber,” said Curran. “I’m excited that our students had the opportunity to visit with us, discuss several legislative issues and witness the Assembly in action. With so many major policy issues facing the state and the nation right now, it has motivated this younger generation to become engaged and be part of the changes that they want to see. As such, coming to Albany is important for these students and I’m truly glad they came.”


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Assemblyman Curran Helps Local Students Prepare For Mock Session In Albany

Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute

Assemblyman Brian Curran, Sam Salazar and Dante Eusebio of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute.

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran met with Sam Salazar, a senior, and Dante Eusebio, a junior, at Baldwin High School. The students met with Curran in his district office to prepare for their upcoming Mock Session in Albany to be hosted by the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute of which both students are members. The students will debate bills covering several topics, including the DREAM fund, establishing New York as a “sanctuary state,” and preventing wage discrimination. The Mock Session will be held March 10-12.


“I had a great afternoon with both Sam and Dante as they asked questions about legislation and procedures in preparation for their upcoming Mock Session,” said Curran. “Both of these students are very bright individuals and have plans to become lawyers and legislators. It’s very exciting to see so many students these days taking an interest in policy and government, and I think the future is in great hands.”


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Ra Pushes for Library Aid to be Brought Up to Modern Levels

New York Library Association Library Advocacy Day

Assemblyman Ed Ra spoke at the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day on February 28, about bringing library aid levels into the modern era.

Assemblyman Ed Ra was pleased to participate in the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day on February 28. Ra met with representatives from local libraries in the 19th Assembly District and the Nassau Library System to talk about State Library Aid, which remains significantly below the New York State Education law’s required amount.


“Libraries are important aspects of any community, they don’t only provide reading materials, they provide research opportunities, classes and so many other essential services,” said Ra. “Despite a growing need to support libraries services, last year our libraries received $95.5 million in funding, placing aid at 2006 levels. In order to modernize and maintain our libraries we need construction aid investments. In addition to speaking at rallies to show my support for restoring library aid to a modern level, I have also spoken out against cuts to library and construction aid, which are currently in the governor’s proposed budget. We need to bring our libraries into the modern world and provide adequate support so they can continue to help our communities flourish.”


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Assemblyman Curran Attends American Legion Ball

Tom Finan, Dennis Murphy, Henry Speicher, Lynbrook Mayor Alan Beach, Assemblyman Brian Curran, Bill Marinaccio and Mike Guglielmo at the 11th Annual Military Ball and Post Commanders Night.

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st AD) attended the 11th Annual Military Ball and Post Commanders Night with Mayor Alan Beach at Leonard’s La Dolce Vita in Great Neck. The event included participation from 30 of 52 Nassau County American Legion posts.


“I was honored to join Post Commander Hank Speicher, Mayor Beach and members of the Lynbrook American Legion at this year’s ball,” said Curran. “It is a privilege to be in the company of these veterans who have served our country and our community so honorably.”


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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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Ra Announces New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators Scholarships

Assemblyman Ed Ra is pleased to announce the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators will be offering four scholarships to current and prospective college students. Each scholarship is worth $3,000 and applications are due by Monday, April 16 to Ra’s district office. Awards will be presented on June 4 in Albany at the conference’s annual Legislative Conference Day.


“I am so pleased that we are able to once again offer this scholarship and help aid four more students’ dreams of furthering their education,” said Ra. “With the cost of college continually climbing, it is crucial that we let our children know that going to college is still an option for them with opportunities such as this scholarship. As there are so many talented young adults on Long Island who are deserving of awards such as these, I would encourage all eligible to apply.”


In addition to having the financial need for the scholarship, applicants must maintain a GPA of at least 85, participate in extracurricular activities, have good conduct, be an active member of their community and exhibit a commitment to earning a higher degree of education. Two scholarships will be awarded based on a student’s academic achievements and two will be awarded based on a student’s athletic performance.


Applications for residents of the 19th Assembly District can be obtained by calling Assemblyman Ra’s District Office at (516) 535-4095 or by emailing Applications can be submitted in person or by mail to Assemblyman Ra’s District Office by Monday, April 16 at 825 East Gate Boulevard, Suite 207, Garden City, NY 11530.


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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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