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Thomas Stephen Gulotta (April 27, 1944 – August 4, 2019) was a Republican politician from Nassau County, New York who was the county executive of Nassau from 1987 to 2001.

Thomas Gulotta
Nassau County Executive
In office
Preceded byFrancis T. Purcell
Succeeded byThomas Suozzi
New York State Assembly 13th District
In office
Preceded byMilton Jonas
Succeeded byGuy Mazza
Personal details
Thomas Stephen Gulotta

(1944-04-27)April 27, 1944
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 4, 2019(2019-08-04) (aged 75)
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Betsy Gulotta
EducationTrinity College, Columbia Law School


Early lifeEdit

Gulotta was born in Oceanside, New York on April 27, 1944,[1] the son of Josephine and Frank Gulotta, Sr.[2] His father was a former Nassau County district attorney and former New York State Supreme Court judge. The younger Gulotta was raised on Long Island and attended Malverne High School, where he was student president.[2] He graduated from Trinity College,[3] and earned a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1969.[1][3]


Gulotta was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 1981, sitting in the 182nd, 183rd and 184th New York State Legislature. He represented a district that included his hometown of Merrick, New York until 1981 when he was selected to become the Presiding Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead,[1] succeeding Al D'Amato, who had been elected to the United States Senate.[4] He was re-elected to the position in 1983.[5]

In January 1987, Gulotta was appointed county executive by the county's board of supervisors,[1] and ran to succeed himself in November 1987.[3] He opted not to run for a fifth term in 2001, after having won 11 straight elections.[6] His successor was Democrat Thomas Suozzi.

Gulotta later founded Executive Strategies, a consulting firm, and joined the law firm of Shaw, Licitra, Bohner, Eserino, Schwartz & Pfluger in Mineola, New York,[6] and was named a partner of the firm in 2004.[7] At the time if his death in 2019 Gulotta was a special counsel at Albanese & Albanese, LLP, a law firm in Garden City, New York.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Gulotta married Elizabeth Abbott Fryatt; they had two living children.[1][9]

Thomas Gulotta died on August 4, 2019 at the age of 75.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e Gutis, Philip S. (1987-01-17). "Man in the News; Nassau's New Leader: Thomas Stephen Gulotta". The New York Times. p. 30. Retrieved 2009-11-22.
  2. ^ a b Baker, Al (2001-03-18). "he Man Who Could Not Say No Cries Uncle". The New York Times. p. LI1.
  3. ^ a b c Schmitt, Eric (1987-11-01). "Gulotta: Tireless Executive". The New York Times. p. 22.
  4. ^ Carroll, Maurice (1980-11-11). "D'Amato Picks Transition Group". The New York Times. p. B3.
  5. ^ "The 1983 Elections: Facts and Figures". The New York Times. 1983-11-10. p. A1.
  6. ^ a b Mancini, Rosamaria (2004-01-23). "Former Nassau County Executive Tom Gulotta has new home at Mineola law firm". Long Island Business News.
  7. ^ Solnick, Claude (2004-10-22). "Tom Gulotta makes a name for himself at Shaw, Licitra". Long Island Business News.
  8. ^ "Gulotta Honored At American Kidney Fund Golf Outing". Long Island Press. 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2009-11-22.
  9. ^ "Elizabeth Fryatt Engaged to Wed Thomas Gulotta". The New York Times. 1968-12-15. p. 103. Retrieved 2009-11-22.
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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Milton Jonas
New York State Assembly
13th District

Succeeded by
Guy Mazza
Political offices
Preceded by
Francis T. Purcell
Nassau County Executive
Succeeded by
Thomas Suozzi