Like many Americans, Frank Scaturro believes the Nation is at a tipping point. If we don’t turn things around in 2014, our Nation will fall further into decline. That is why Frank is offering the voters of Nassau County a real choice: principled leadership that will give us an intelligent, strong voice in Washington.
Independent and determined, Frank will work to rein in out-of-control spending and reduce the crushing federal tax burden that hurts Long Island residents and businesses.
Frank knows Nassau County. He grew up in New Hyde Park, watching his parents work hard every day to participate in the promise of America. His father came here from Italy as a child, and ran his own small business fixing air conditioning and refrigeration systems. His mother worked as a legal secretary. From his parents, Frank learned the value of honesty, hard work, community and Country.
Frank attended Notre Dame Elementary School and Chaminade High School in Mineola on a scholarship. He joined Boy Scout Troop 544 and rose to the rank of Eagle Scout. During summers, he helped his family by working as a busboy at the Royal Lancer Restaurant, a cashier at Pathmark and a janitor at his high school. In 1990, he graduated near the top of his class and attended Columbia University. It wouldn’t be long before he came face-to-face with a failed government bureaucracy – the National Park Service, part of the Department of the Interior.
Frank first read about Ulysses S. Grant in a set of encyclopedias he got from his parents when he was seven years old. He knew that Grant was buried in Riverside Park - only a few blocks from where he was a freshman at Columbia. Frank volunteered with the Park Service to conduct guided tours of Grant’s Tomb and soon found that what had once been among the nation’s most popular attractions had fallen into terrible disrepair. After years of neglect, the roof leaked, the walls were discolored and the entire site was defaced with graffiti.
Frank tried to alert the Park Service, but his efforts fell on deaf ears. What started as his attempt to get the government to fix a problem turned into a personal crusade to save this important national landmark. Frank exposed the federal bureaucracy for its refusal to perform its duty under law. At twenty-one, he founded the non-profit Grant Monument Association which is still going strong, educating the public about the extraordinary life and legacy of President Grant. After six years of reports and memos, Frank’s relentless efforts finally paid off. The Park Service gave the monument a 1.8 million dollar face-lift.
Frank drew from that experience to write his honors thesis, The Need to Reinvent Government. He graduated Columbia magna cum laude in 1994 with a degree in Political Science and History and then attended the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Law School where he served on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economic Law. During the summer of 1995, he interned for two federal judges on Long Island. Frank graduated in 1997 and was awarded the Fred G. Leebron Memorial Prize for the best paper in Constitutional Law. Following graduation, he worked for two of New York’s leading commercial law firms.
Frank moved into public service, serving as Counsel for the Constitution for the Senate Judiciary Committee. His work focused on executive and judicial nominations as well as legislation related to constitutional issues. Frank was a key aide on President Bush’s nominations of John Roberts for Chief Justice and Samuel Alito as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court.
After five years in D.C., Frank returned to Long Island and joined the faculty of Hofstra Law School where he taught courses on constitutional law and the legislative process, He published a number of books and articles about history and law, including President Grant Reconsidered (1998), a reassessment of Grant’s presidency; The Supreme Court’s Retreat from Reconstruction (2000), an exploration of a key chapter in the history of civil rights; and Public Companies (2002), a book he co-authored about making public companies responsible following recent corporate scandals. Frank is currently a partner at a national law firm where he handles constitutional and commercial cases.
In a 1994 interview with the Columbia University Record about how his career plans would be shaped by his experiences battling a federal bureaucracy, Frank said: “I feel that whatever I do in my career, I just have to help make government more responsive.” Frank has never lost sight of this goal.
Today, gridlock is paralyzing Washington. Congress is engaged in endless bickering instead of problem solving. Frank’s goal is to change that. “We the People” means the government belongs to us – and has to answer to us. Frank will use his comprehensive knowledge of the law, America’s history, the Constitution and what it takes to tame a federal bureaucracy to fix the problems now threatening our Nation.