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George Maragos hires Democrat Michael Scotto

Former Nassau District Attorney candidate Michael Scotto, seen

Former Nassau District Attorney candidate Michael Scotto, seen Sept. 10, 2015, has been hired as Nassau County's deputy comptroller. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Republican Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced Monday that he is hiring former Democratic District Attorney hopeful Michael Scotto as a deputy comptroller for $120,000 a year.

Maragos had declined to comment last week after rumors circulated that he had hired the former chief of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Rackets Bureau. He said in a news release Monday that Scotto will start Wednesday as his deputy for Audits and Investigations.

“His extensive experience investigating and prosecuting public corruption makes him well prepared to lead the Comptroller’s Audit division with its expanded mandate to investigate fraud and waste,” Maragos said in the release. He noted that Scotto, of Port Washington, had spent 20 years in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office “investigating and prosecuting public corruption, fraud in the construction industry, bid-rigging, organized crime and theft of public money.”

Scotto, who could not be reached, lost his underfunded primary bid against Democratic District Attorney Madeline Singas last year. Upon learning last week of Scotto’s hiring, Singas spokesman Brendan Brosch said, “DA Singas offers her congratulations to Mr. Scotto in his new role.”

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