Nicole Malliotakis

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Nicole Malliotakis
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Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 64th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2013
Preceded by Sheldon Silver
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 60th district
In office
2011–2012
Preceded by Janele Hyer-Spencer
Succeeded by Inez Barron
Personal details
Born (1980-11-11) November 11, 1980 (age 33)[1][2]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Rosebank, Staten Island, New York
Alma mater Seton Hall University
Wagner College
Profession Legislator
Religion Greek Orthodox
Website Official website

Nicole Malliotakis (born November 11, 1980)[1][2] is a Republican politician from New York City who represents parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island in the New York State Assembly. She is the first Hispanic-American to win elected office to any district that encompasses Staten Island.[3] She is one of the first two Greek-American women elected to office in New York.[4][5]

Education and background[edit]

Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrant parents who were also small business owners. Her mother is an immigrant from Cuba, who fled her homeland in 1959 to escape the oppression of the newly formed regime of Fidel Castro. Her father is an immigrant from Greece.

Raised in her father's Greek Orthodox faith, Ms. Malliotakis grew up in Great Kills, Staten Island. She attended local public schools and graduated from New Dorp High School in 1998, where she served as class president.[6]

The first in her family to attend college, Malliotakis went on to receive a B.A. in communications from Seton Hall University and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from Wagner College.[7]

Early Career and Election[edit]

Malliotakis worked as a Community Liaison for both former state senator John Marchi (2003–2004) and former governor George Pataki (2004–2006). Prior to her election, Malliotakis also worked on state energy policy as the public affairs manager for Consolidated Edison Company of New York.[7]

In 2010, Malliotakis won the election to represent the 60th District in the New York State Assembly. She defeated two-term Democratic incumbent Janele Hyer-Spencer by a margin of 10 percentage points.[8]

Upon being elected to the Assembly, Malliotakis became the first Greek-American woman elected to office in New York State, the first Cuban-American woman elected to office in New York State, and the first person of Hispanic descent elected from Staten Island. She is the only Republican woman elected to any office or district that encompasses New York City.

Legislative career[edit]

Committee Assignments as of 2012:

She has made the rights of senior citizens a hallmark of her tenure and has successfully fought to keep senior centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island from being closed.[11]

Another priority of Assemblywoman Malliotakis has been the restoration of MTA bus service in her district.[12][13] She also held a series of forums with regard to the MTA Payroll Mobility Tax and its negative impact on small businesses, non-profit organizations, and private schools.[14] The Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo subsequently enacted significant repeals.[15]

She has been at the forefront of the fight for relief from the September 2011 toll increase on Port Authority bridges,[16] calling for divestment of costly non-essential real estate holdings and highlighting mismanaged contributions to community organizations.[17] In October 2011 she submitted an amicus brief in support of the American Automobile Association lawsuit against the Port Authority in federal court, arguing that the toll increases were illegal,[18] and is currently engaged in an Article 78 proceeding to compel the Port Authority to disclose the results of an economic impact study regarding the effect the toll increases have had on business at New York Container Terminal.[19]

During her first year in the Assembly, Assemblywoman Malliotakis has received numerous awards and recognition including being named a 'Rising Star' by Capitol News, Home Reporter News,[20] the Hispanic Coalition of New York,[21] and the Greek America Foundation.[22] She has also been named a 'Top Ranking Pro Jobs Supporter' by The Business Council of New York State.[23]

She is single and resides in Rosebank, Staten Island.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Benanti, Carol Ann (November 11, 2010). "Staten Island veteran of Korean War is a faithful scribe". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. "Happy Veterans Day birthday to Assemblywoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis, who celebrates her 30th" 
  3. ^ Robinson, Gail (November 3, 2010). "As Country Goes Red, New York Stays Blue". Gotham Gazette. 
  4. ^ Official biography at the New York State Assembly website. Accessed January 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "Legislative Preview: Meet the New Members," The Capitol, January 2011, p. 19. Found at NY Capitol News website. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  6. ^ "Assembly hopeful Nicole Malliotakis stays close to roots in campaign's final hours". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. November 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Randall, Judy L. (November 9, 2010). "Political trailblazer from Rosebank poised to light a fire under Albany". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. 
  8. ^ Padnani, Amy (November 3, 2010). "Nicole Malliotakis, an upstart from Rosebank, runs roughshod over Assembly incumbent". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. 
  9. ^ "Debi Rose, Nicole Malliotakis register political victories without precedent". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. March 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ "What's My District?: State Assembly 60". Gotham Gazette: Eye on Albany. http://www.citizensunion.org/. October 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ Randall, Judy L. (February 12, 2011). "Push to save friendship clubs". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. 
  12. ^ Klein, Helen (July 19, 2012). "X27 Service Restored: Weekend express buses coming back". Home Reporter News. HomeReporterNews.com. 
  13. ^ Staten Island Advance Editorial (July 25, 2012). "A new MTA? Unprecedented MTA service restorations on Staten Island in the offing". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. 
  14. ^ Randall, Judy L. (October 25, 2011). "Hated MTA payroll tax takes its lumps at forum on Staten Island". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. 
  15. ^ McDonough, Daniel (December 12, 2011). "Cheering the end of the MTA payroll tax". Legislative Gazette. LegislativeGazette.com. 
  16. ^ Staten Island Advance Editorial (January 7, 2012). "Ms. Malliotakis speaks out". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. 
  17. ^ Randall, Judy L. (January 11, 2012). "Port Authority blunders cost Staten Islanders millions of $$". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. 
  18. ^ Randall, Judy L. (October 7, 2011). "Staten Island lawmakers divided on toll discount strategy". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. 
  19. ^ Katz, Celeste (August 6, 2012). "Malliotakis To Port Authority: Information, Please". New York Daily News. NYDailyNews.com. 
  20. ^ Editorial (March 1, 2012). "Brooklyn Rising Stars to be honored on March 22". Home Reporter News. HomeReporterNews.com. 
  21. ^ "Assemblywoman Malliotakis named 'rising star'". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. February 8, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Class of 2012". 
  23. ^ "New York State Assembly Top Ranking Voters' Guide 2011-2012". 
  24. ^ "Staten Island's Nicole Malliotakis is adjusting just fine to life as a new assemblywoman". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. March 14, 2011. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Janele Hyer-Spencer
New York State Assembly, 60th District
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Inez Barron
Preceded by
Sheldon Silver
New York State Assembly, 64th District
2013–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Party political offices
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Joseph F. Cammarata
Republican nominee for New York State Assembly, 60th District
2010
Succeeded by
Kenneth Waluyn
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Danniel Maio
Republican nominee for New York State Assembly, 64th District
2012
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