[Updated 3:14 p.m.] Nicholas LaPorte, Jr., the executive director of the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York, died this morning after a battle with cancer. He was 61 years old. LaPorte, a Manhattan resident, also served as the vice chairman of the New York City Civil Service Commission. He is survived by his son Matthew Drew LaPorte, his daughter-in-law, Anna LaPorte, and his granddaughter Ava LaPorte. He was the son of Nicholas LaPorte, Sr. Before his death in 1990, the elder LaPorte served as a city council member and was chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Committee, and was the deputy borough president of Staten Island. As executive director of ABO, the younger LaPorte developed policy initiatives and political action programs, extensively lobbying government agencies and legislators on behalf of the real estate trade organization, which is composed of residential and commercial builders, developers, managers and vendors.
Before joining ABO, LaPorte served as director of the infrastructure division of the city council. Prior to that, LaPorte held positions at Central Security Systems and the City of New York Department of Personnel.