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Nicholas LaPorte Jr., the executive director of the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York since 1996 and a former vice chairman of the New York City Civil Service Commission, died at his home of cancer on March 1. He was 61.
LaPorte was a leader of the real estate industry in New York City and New York State. As executive director of the New York City HBA, he developed policy initiatives and political action programs, extensively lobbying government agencies and legislators on behalf of the association.
He also aided in the creation of the city's largest real estate show at the Jacob K. Javits Center and in the association's leadership of the Registered Apartment Managers program nationwide and worked on association fundraisers to benefit the Manhattan branch of Ronald McDonald House.
Born in the Bronx and having lived in four of the city’s five boroughs, LaPorte spent much of his career in New York City government prior to working in the building industry. He served as the city’s first deputy director of the Department of Personnel from 1981 to 1986, and then for the next 10 years as the director of infrastructure at the City Council before becoming executive director of the city's builders association.
While at the HBA, he was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as vice chairman of the city’s Civil Service Commission , where he heard appeals on disciplinary actions against city workers.
LaPorte is survived by his son, Matthew LaPorte, daughter-in-law, Anna, and granddaughter, Ava.