Pascual wants to bring his law enforcement experience to the Suffolk County Legislature to support and improve police efforts to gather intelligence in the fight against gangs, drugs and terrorism. He also said the county must provide improved access to drug treatment. Pascual said Suffolk must work with its industrial development agencies to spur more business, and with the community college and local universities to provide courses to create a workforce that can develop new technologies so the county can avoid raising fees and taxes. Pascual also called for increased penalties for illegal waste dumping and better planning to reduce storm water runoff.
Pascual, who is making his first run for elected office, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. A lifelong Suffolk resident, Pascual, 36, was raised in Dix Hills and has lived in Farmingville for two years. He graduated from Binghamton University and received his law degree from Vermont Law School. He worked for five years as a New York City administrative law judge hearing Section 8 rent and fraud cases. He works for J.P. Morgan-Chase Bank on investigations into financial crime, money laundering and terrorism financing. In the New York Army National Guard, Pascual has risen through the ranks from specialist to first lieutenant over the past six years. He is married.