Nick LaLota is an Annapolis graduate who served seven years as an officer in the Navy, having attained the rank of Lieutenant. While on Active Duty, he successfully completed three overseas deployments to 20 different countries. A Surface Warfare Officer, Nick’s sea-duty assignments included being an Assistant Operations Officer on USS Curts, a Frigate based in San Diego and as a Tactical Action Officer on USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear powered Aircraft Carrier based in Bremerton, Washington. His most rewarding assignment was a 12-month deployment to the Republic of the Philippines, where he was awarded a Joint Service Commendation Medal in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Nick’s family has been proud to serve our country and community; his grandfather was a New York City Police Department Detective, his father was a Nassau County Police Officer and his stepfather served in the Navy. Nick’s mother worked at Grumman, and while assigned to the F-14 program, she brought home Tomcat models and stickers, which became a subtle but significant inspiration to Nick pursuing an appointment to the Naval Academy. Nick’s brother is a “career” Marine who earned a Bronze Star with Valor in Fallujah, Iraq.
In 2007, Nick left the Navy and San Diego to return to New York to marry his high school sweetheart, lifelong Amityville resident Kaylie Howard. Kaylie is the daughter of Tom and Pam Howard and granddaughter of Lou and Margaret Howard. Many Amityville residents knew Lou for being a Hall of Fame football coach and former Village Mayor, County Legislator and State Assemblyman.
Since 2008, Nick has served in different roles in local government and currently serves as the Commissioner of the Suffolk County Board of Elections, the youngest person to hold the post in 30 years. Prior to accepting that appointment, Nick served as Chief of Staff to a New York State Senator, where he directed legislation, government relations, event planning, communications strategy and community outreach. He also owns his own consulting company and advises clients on strategic communications and marketing.
In May of 2012, Nick graduated cum laude from Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) where he took advanced courses in accounting, finance, marketing and information technology.
As a Trustee, Nick has maintained a focus on reducing the tax burden on Amityville’s families and businesses, while improving village services and the viability of our downtown and beach. As the Village’s Budget Officer, he has helped craft four consecutive budgets that comply with the 2% property tax cap, without eliminating any village services. In 2015 and 2016, following budgets that provided significant surpluses, the Village received upgrades from Moody’s and S&P credit rating agencies. As the Chairman of the Committee to the Police Department, he has successfully advocated for new hiring, bringing the number of Police Officers on patrol to a number higher than during Superstorm Sandy. As Chairman of the Committee to the Fire Department, Nick has worked with the Chiefs’ Office and Fire Council to start a Village Fire Marshal program, refurbish multiple ambulances, increase EMT funding by 40% and appropriate additional funding for life saving equipment that keeps our volunteer firefighters and community safe.
When he’s not working, or at soccer or dance with his daughters, Nick enjoys following the stock market, playing golf and fantasy football. He and Kaylie live on Robbins Avenue with their three daughters, Maggie Rae, Reagan Elizabeth, Brooke Murphy and their Cocker Spaniel Juno.