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S. Huntington BOE President Receives MLK Jr. Commission Award

Patch logo Patch 1/24/2020 Michael DeSantis
a person standing in front of a box: Nicholas R. Ciappetta, South Huntington School District Board of Education president, received the Suffolk County Martin Luther King Jr. Commission's 2020 Public Service award. © South Huntington Union Free School District Nicholas R. Ciappetta, South Huntington School District Board of Education president, received the Suffolk County Martin Luther King Jr. Commission's 2020 Public Service award.

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, NY — Nicholas R. Ciappetta, president of the South Huntington School District Board of Education, recently received the Suffolk County Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission’s 2020 Public Service Award, the school district announced.

Ciappetta is a lifelong member of the South Huntington community who graduated with honors from Walt Whitman High School and went on to attend Vassar College before earning a doctorate of jurisprudence from Hofstra University School of Law in 2004. That same year, he was elected to the South Huntington School District's Board of Education. He served as vice president from 2012 through 2017, and president onward.

"His efforts are characterized by a steadfast passion for the district's mission and an unwavering belief in the potential of students, parents and staff alike," the district wrote in a press release.

Ciappetta was eventually appointed chairperson of the District's Facilities and Planning Committee. In that role, he helped oversee the upgrade and long-range development of South Huntington's buildings and grounds to be state-of-the-art facilities. During his tenure on the Board of Education, the district has improved graduation rates, added new courses and rigor to the curriculum, and seen test scores rise for all student groups, the district said. Ciappetta also serves as an executive committee member for the Nassau-Suffolk School Board Association.

"The South Huntington School District is a far better place through Nick's strong commitment and complete dedication," it wrote. "He is a man who values public service, and his influence is far-reaching for our students, families and staff."

Ciappetta was also an attorney with the New York City Law Department from September 2004 to February 2018, where he represented the City of New York, mayoral agencies, and city official matters in State and Federal court. While there, he received the Edith Spivak Special Recognition Award in 2014 for outstanding achievement, as well as overall dedication and superior performance.

He was then appointed as Town attorney for the Town of Huntington in January of 2018, where he acts as legal counsel to the Town of Huntington, the Town Board, officers of the Town of Huntington, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board, according to the school district.

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