Amityville Village trustees will hold their first regular board meeting Monday night, joined by the board’s newest member, Nick LaLota.
LaLota, 34, is chief of staff to state Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and ran the campaign for new mayor Jim Wandell’s Amityville First ticket. “I think he was looking for somebody who understands government and finances and understands who to make them both work,” LaLota said.
Wandell appointed LaLota to fill the seat vacated when Peter Casserly resigned last month with two years remaining in his term.
LaLota will serve the remainder of that term.
An Amityville resident for two years who grew up in Bay Shore, he focuses on strategy, public policy, budgetary and political matters at Boyle’s office. He has an MBA from Hofstra University.
LaLota said he expected his first few weeks in office would be spent with fellow trustees and “sitting down with department heads regarding realistic expectations” for the new budget, which takes effect June 1.
Residents have opposed higher property taxes but credit ratings agencies, which have downgraded Amityville in recent months, have warned the village needs to shore up its finances.
LaLota said he is hopeful the new administration can appease the agencies without any sizable tax hike.
“They’re also looking for positive cash flows, a budget that’s managed monthly or even more frequently,” he said. “We ran on a campaign to stabilize property taxes and we’re committed to that.”
LaLota graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served in the Navy for seven years before retiring as a lieutenant.