Nick LaLota Declares Victory in 1st Congressional District GOP Primary


Nick LaLota, the GOP nominee to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) in the 1st congressional district, declared victory Tuesday over two Republican primary challengers.

LaLota, who serves as chief of staff to Suffolk County Presiding Officer Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst), beat former Brookhaven Town Deputy Supervisor Anthony Figliola and Michelle Bond, a cryptocurrency trade group leader, according to unofficial early returns from the Suffolk County Board of Elections. LaLota won with 47% of the vote, Bond had 27% and Figliola came in third with 25% with most of the precincts reporting as of 11 p.m., returns showed.