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Michael Montesano to represent New York’s 15th Assembly District

Michael A. Montesano of Glen Head, Republican incumbent

Michael A. Montesano of Glen Head, Republican incumbent candidate for the 15th Assembly District. Credit: James Escher

After more than eight years in the Assembly, Glen Head Republican Michael A. Montesano can tick off the issues that matter to his constituents, from school safety and property taxes to roadwork. On broader issues, he supports ethics reforms, including term limits for leadership and committee chairs, and he favors economic development programs that allow funds to be more targeted to specific projects, such as downtown revitalization in Hicksville, Westbury and Farmingdale.

If elected to a fifth full term, Montesano, 64, should focus on the issues to which he can bring an expertise, including criminal justice reform, particularly bail and discovery.

Democrat Allen F. Foley, 29, is a Hicksville union organizer who worries about the region’s affordability and the tax burden, but lacks new ideas.

Newsday endorses Montesano.