Reginald A. Lafayette was born and educated in Charleston, South Carolina before relocating in 1972 to Mount Vernon, New York where he presently resides.
On his arrival in Mount Vernon, he began his professional career with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company In New York City. He served in various positions with this company, the last of which was valuation specialist in the actuarial department. In 1981 he resigned from Met Life to begin his progression into municipal government.
Mr. Lafayette started his employment in the City or Mount Vernon as the Deputy Comptroller. Later be became City Clerk for the City of Mount Vernon, a position he held for fourteen years. In 1999, Mr. Lafayette became the Democratic Commissioner of the Westchester County Board of Elections. He is a member of the New York State Election Commissioners Association.
Mr. Lafayette’s involvement in the Mount Vernon Community began in 1972 as a Democratic District Leader, an office he still holds. He is a former Commissioner of Human Rights. He is a member of the Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church, Progressive Lodge No. 64, F&AM, Prince Hall Affiliation and a member of Terrace City Lodge #1499 I.B.P.O.E. of W. In addition, he has held a number of civic offices in Mount Vernon including:

  • Democratic Chairman of the City of Mount Vernon

  • Member of the Westchester County Democratic Executive Committee

  • Former New York State Committeeman, 84th AD

  • Member of Black Democrats of Westchester

  • Former Member of the United States Selective Service Board No. 104

  • Former Member of the Mount Vernon Postal Service Board

  • Former Executive Vice-President of the Mount Vernon Chapter of the

  • Former Treasurer of the Independent Citizen’s League

  • Former Member, Board of Directors of the Mount Vernon Day Care Center

  • Former President of the Mount Vernon Lion’s Club

  • Former Member, Board of Directors of the Westchester Opportunity Program

During his time in Westchester County, Mr. Lafayette has received many awards. Most recently on January 17, 2000, the United Black Clergy of Westchester presented him with the Martin Luther King Service Award. Mr. Lafayette is the father of two children. His daughter, Deidra, graduated from Grambling University with a Masters Degree in mass communication and broadcast journalism. She currently resides in Texas. His son, Jahi, is a Freshman at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

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