Montesano said his record in the Assembly includes leading the fight for “stronger ethics reform, pension forfeiture and greater enforcement of current laws.” Montesano said he helped to deliver “record school aid” and “restored irresponsible cuts to education funds.” Montesano supported passage of the Veterans Equality Act, which expands pension credits for public employees who served in the military. He said he “secured $25 million and introduced measures to increase prevention and expand rehabilitation and treatment to fight the dangerous heroin epidemic.” Montesano said he will “continue to protect funding for services that provide residential living and life skills for people with disabilities.” Montesano said he would continue to push for expanded financial aid for middle class students and families. And he will seek “additional funding to improve and repair roads and bridges.”
Montesano, 62, of Glen Head is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform lines. Montesano was elected to the State Assembly in a special election in 2010. Montesano is a member of the Assembly’s committees on ethics and guidance, and oversight, analysis and investigation, among others. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a law degree from the CUNY School of Law. A former New York City police officer and detective, Montesano served as an emergency medical technician supervisor and investigator for the New York City Emergency Medical Service. Montesano started his own private law practice in 1990. He served as acting village justice in Roslyn Harbor, and also served as Roslyn Harbor’s village prosecutor. He is a former member of the North Shore School District Board of Education. He is married.