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Michael A. Montesano (born October 16,1954[2]) is member of the New York State Assembly representing the 15th district, which includes portions of the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County on Long Island. A Republican, he was initially elected in a 2010 special election.

Michael Montesano
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 15th district
Assumed office
February 9, 2010
Preceded byRob Walker
Personal details
Born (1954-10-16) October 16, 1954 (age 64)[1][2]
Brooklyn, New York[2]
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceGlen Head, New York
Alma materSt. John's University
CUNY Law School[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Montesano was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the Gravesend neighborhood. He attended Saints Simon & Jude Elementary School before graduating from William E. Grady High School in 1973. He later worked for the Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority, before becoming a dispatcher and with the New York City Emergency Medical Service in 1974, where he was eventually promoted to a supervising EMT. In 1979, Montesano moved to Glen Head, New York, and became a police officer in the New York City Police Department in 1981, later being promoted to detective.[4]

In 1983, Montesano received an A.A.S. degree in Police Science from Nassau County Community College and later a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from St. John's University. In 1989 he earned his law degree (J.D.) from the City University of New York School of Law at Queens College and was admitted to the New York State Bar Association.[2][3]

Montesano started a private practice law firm in 1990. He has served as Acting Village Justice and a Village Prosecutor for Roslyn Harbor. He has also been President of the North Shore School District Board of Education, and adjunct professor at the New York Institute of Technology.[3]

After losing a close election for the Nassau County Legislature in 2009,[5] in February 2010 he won a special election to replace Assembly Rob Walker, who vacated the seat after being named Deputy County Executive of Nassau County.[6] Since then, he has won reelection five times.[7] Montesano faced his closest election ever in 2018, when he defeated Democrat Allen Foley 53% to 47%.[8]

Montesano has two grown children and resides in Glen Head, New York with his wife Donna and her two children.[3]


  1. ^ "Assembly Member Michael Montesano of New York". Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Attorney Profile: Michael A. Montesano". Michael A. Montesano, P.C. Retrieved March 10, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "Michael Montesano: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "Michael Montesano: Biography". Citizens for Michael Montesano. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - Nassau County Legislature 18 Race - Nov 03, 2009". Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  6. ^ "Assemblyman says he doesn't play politics". Herald Community Newspapers. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  7. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Michael A. Montesano". Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  8. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY Assembly 15 Race - Nov 06, 2018". Retrieved 2019-02-06.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Rob Walker
New York State Assembly, 15th District
2010 – present