Michael A. Montesano was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn. As a child, he attended a local parish institution, Sts. Simon & Jude Elementary School. In 1969 he entered William E. Grady High School where he graduated with a diploma in electrical trades in 1973.
After graduation, Mr. Montesano became employed with the Staten Island Rapid Transit Authority. In March 1974 he became employed with the New York City Emergency Medical Service as a dispatcher/EMT and then was promoted to supervising EMT. In 1979, Mr. Montesano moved to Glen Head. In 1981, he joined the New York City Police Department where he was employed first as a police officer and then advanced to detective.
Dividing his time between the police department and his family, Mr. Montesano attended Nassau County Community College where he obtained his associate’s degree in police science. He then attended St. John’s University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. After graduating college, he went on to study law at the CUNY Law School at Queens College in Flushing, New York. While attending law school, Mr. Montesano worked as an intern for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Montesano graduated law school and was admitted to the bar of the State of New York in 1989. Subsequently, Mr. Montesano was admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York in 1990, the District of Columbia in 1991, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993.
After his admission to the bar, Mr. Montesano worked for Rerisi, Pollack, and Lamberti; a private law firm in Hicksville, New York. In 1991, he opened his own office in Glen Cove, New York where he still practices today, maintaining his office for the general practice of law at 40 Glen Street. In addition to maintaining his private practice, he served on the 18B panel for Nassau County, providing legal representation to indigent defendants, and has held various positions on committees with the Nassau County Bar Association.
On September 16, 2003, he was appointed Acting Village Justice for the village of Roslyn Harbor where he has served continuously up to and including the current time. Mr. Montesano previously served in Roslyn Harbor as the village prosecutor from 1998-2003. Mr. Montesano also taught law courses at the New York Institute of Technology as an adjunct professor from 1991-2000 In 2004, Mr. Montesano was presented with the Practitioner of the Year award from the Nassau County Criminal Court’s Bar Association and has had many of his court cases published in the New York Law Journal and the New York Supplements.
Mr. Montesano has two children, Jennifer (27) of Glen Cove and Carmine (C.J., 24) of Glen Head. He resides with his wife, Donna, and her two children Amanda and Michael in Glen Head.