About Rob

Rob Trotta is a life-long resident of the 13th Legislative District. He grew up in Commack with his two brothers and graduated from Commack High School North in 1979. In 2016, he received the Commack High School Alumni of Distinction award. He and his wife live in Fort Salonga and they have two adult children.

He graduated from C. W. Post College with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and received a master’s in Labor Management from Stony Brook University. For 25 years, he worked as a police officer with the Suffolk County Police Department, retiring in 2013 with the rank of Detective. For over 10 years he served as a member of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, where he worked on complex cases ranging from money laundering to confiscating large quantities of cocaine from our streets. His hard work and passion for the job were recognized on several occasions by his superiors, including, “Cop of the Year” in 1993 and “Detective of the Year” in 2001.

Over the years, Rob has been active with several local organizations, including Kings Park Soccer Club, Kings Park Neighbors Association, the Kings Park Civic Association and the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation. In 2005, Rob spearheaded efforts to prevent the development of approximately 2,000 units of housing on the former Kings Park State Hospital property. He advocated for and eventually won state support for the transfer of the property to the the New York State Office of Parks in 2006. As a former board member of the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation, he helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for beautification and restoration projects, and persuaded the state to begin the first phase of the park’s cleanup in 2012-2013. To this day, he continues to volunteer with the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation.

Rob recognizes that our quality of life, which includes safe neighborhoods, great schools, and terrific parks, is the reason why many of us live in Suffolk County. He believes it is incumbent upon elected representatives to protect and preserve these assets for future generations. Therefore, one of his priorities is the preservation of open space throughout his district. Through his efforts, the county has acquired several parcels of properties throughout the town of Smithtown including 15 acres in the Head of the Harbor.

In 2013, Rob ran for the Suffolk County Legislature. He campaigned on serving as a full time legislator in the part time position, and working towards making county government more efficient.

Legislator Trotta was proudly sworn in as the Suffolk County Legislator for the 13th Legislative District on January 2, 2014. He has been re-elected every two years, and started his sixth term in January of 2024. Legislator Trotta has consistently voted to put you, the taxpayer, first and to strive to ensure that our parents and children can continue to live on Long Island, to eliminate wasteful spending and to eradicate the corruption in Suffolk County.