D’Urso said that since his retirement from public service, he has been “using his own time and resources” to make 36 trips to Africa, Central America and Haiti “to help people in need.” D’Urso said that while serving as a North Hempstead councilman, he accepted a 25 percent salary cut to help deal with a fiscal crisis and worked to put the town “on a stronger fiscal footing by moving highway work in-house and reducing high-cost external contracts.” D’Urso said that he “has achieved the American dream and is running for the Assembly to make sure future generations have the opportunities” that he had. D’Urso said that, if elected, he would “work to reverse the effects of the poor implementation of the Common Core curriculum.” D’Urso supports a ban on outside income for state senators and assemblymen. He says he’ll sponsor campaign finance reform legislation and create “harsher penalties for politicians caught violating the public’s trust.”
D’Urso, 76, of Port Washington is on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality lines. He served as a councilman on the North Hempstead Town Board from 1991 to 2005. D’Urso immigrated to the United States from Italy at 21 and worked in construction while learning English and attending school part-time. D’urso earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pratt Institute. D’Urso worked for the New York City Department of Housing, and was assistant commissioner of the Division of Architecture Engineering and Construction. D’Urso formerly coached for the Wildcats Soccer Club in New Hyde Park. He is currently active in the Cellini Lodge, Order Sons of Italy, in New Hyde Park, the UNICO North Shore of Long Island service organization, and the Dell Assunta Society of Westbury.