GOPAC Emerging Leader
Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. She currently serves as Minority Whip and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees. The Assemblywoman became a household name as the 2017 Republican nominee for Mayor of the City of New York against incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio, holding the mayor accountable for the city’s high property taxes, bloated budget, and status as a sanctuary city.
During her mayoral run, she garnered 67% of the vote in New York’s 11th Congressional District, the district in which she will run as a candidate for Congress in 2020.
This January, Nicole was sworn in to her 5th term as a Member of the State Assembly. She’s fought to drain the swamp in Albany; speaking-out against Shelly Silver’s corrupt ways and creating transparency by opening committee meetings to public scrutiny through streaming on the internet and by making votes taken in committee part of the public record. She’s also successfully sued the Port Authority to expose records that should be public. Nicole has worked to rein-in the high taxes that are crippling our city and state.
Recovery from Hurricane Sandy has become a hallmark of her tenure as an elected official, as her district, which encompasses the eastern shore of Staten Island, was among the hardest hit by the October 2012 storm. In addition, Nicole has successfully fought to restore and expand transit service in her district, improve programs for senior citizens, and reform education in our state. She has worked to improve New York’s economic climate and reduce the tax burden on small businesses and residents. She is also a passionate advocate for animal rights and the strengthening of animal cruelty laws.
Assemblywoman Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. She is currently the only Republican woman and only Hispanic Republican elected official in New York City, and represents a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island.
During her time in the Assembly, Assemblywoman Malliotakis was named one of 2012’s “40 Under 40 Latino Rising Stars” by the Hispanic Coalition of New York, as well as a member of Greek America’s “Forty Under 40” Class of 2012 for which she was recognized at their annual National Innovation Convention. In 2013, she was named one of the American Conservative Union’s “Top 10 Under 40” and addressed the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), for which MSNBC identified her as a “young conservative to watch.” In 2014, she was selected by the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation to participate in a visit to Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties between the two nations. She also serves as a member of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association and as state director of the National Foundation for Women Legislators.