Scotto said he would "root out public corruption and restore the public's faith in government" by providing the political will to investigate officials who waste or misuse taxpayer dollars. Scotto said he would also run a more efficient and streamlined district attorney's office by ensuring that victims are assigned only one assistant district attorney through the life of a case, rather than retelling their case to multiple prosecutors. Scotto said Nassau must also more aggressively pursue the source of the county's heroin epidemic through the use of more undercover informants and court-ordered wire taps. "We need to disassemble the networks that are distributing the heroin," he said. "We can't just allow the bodies to continue piling up."
Scotto, 50, is running in a Democratic primary. He grew up in Port Washington and graduated from New York University with a degree in politics in 1986 and from Brooklyn Law School in 1989. Scotto spent 22 years with the Manhattan district attorney's office, first as an assistant district attorney and later as chief of the labor racketeering unit and rackets bureau, where he handled cases involving organized crime and elected officials accused of trying to rig government contracts. He has been in private law practice in Garden City since 2012. Scotto lives in Port Washington with his wife and three children.