Know Your Candidates: Nicole Malliotakis
Nicole Malliotakis, who is running for her fifth term in the state Assembly, says she prides herself on being a fiscal watchdog for the taxpayers of the state. In a recent debate, Malliotakis boasted that she has voted against raising taxes more than 300 times during her years in office.
Malliotakis, who was born, raised and still lives on Staten Island, first won her Assembly seat in 2010, beating incumbent Democrat Janele Hyer-Spencer largely on a platform of improving transportation services in the district.
She said she fought to restore full service to the B37 bus, which runs along Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had truncated the route. Elected officials, including Malliotakis, fought to convince the MTA to restore the full bus route.
In recent years, Malliotakis and other Republicans fought a proposal from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to change the funding formula for senior citizen programs, a proposal that Malliotakis said would have resulted in a $17 million cut.
Malliotakis submitted testimony to a recent hearing of the city’s property tax commission, arguing that New York City’s property taxes are too high and in need of revision. She is proposing a cap on property taxes.
Malliotakis has sought to raise her profile beyond her Assembly District. In 2017, she was the Republican candidate for mayor against Democratic incumbent Bill de Blasio. She lost the mayoral race in a landslide.
In 2016, she served as New York State chairperson of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign.
Prior to running for public office in 2010, Malliotakis worked as a community liaison for then-New York Governor George Pataki. She was also the public affairs manager for Con Edison. — Paula Katinas
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