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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 elective office to any district that encompasses Staten Island.[3] She is one of the first Greek-American women elected to office in New York.[4] She shares the honor with Aravella Simotas, another newly elected State Assemblywoman from Queens, New York.[5]

Nicole Malliotakis for Assembly

Education and background

Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrant parents who are also small-business owners. Her mother is an emigrant of Cuba, and her father is an emigrant of 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 degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Wagner College.[7]
Career

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 as a government relations specialist for Consolidated Edison.[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.

Committee Assignments as of 2011:

Aging
Banks
Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions
Governmental Employees (Malliotakis is the ranking member of)[9]
Transportation[10]

She has made senior citizen's rights a hallmark of her tenure.[11]

She is single and resides in Rosebank, Staten Island.[12]
References

^ a b "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
^ 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"
^ Robinson, Gail (November 3, 2010). "As Country Goes Red, New York Stays Blue". Gotham Gazette.
^ Official biography at the New York State Assembly website. Accessed January 19, 2011.
^ "Legislative Preview: Meet the New Members," The Capitol, January 2011, p. 19. Found at NY Capitol News website. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
^ "Assembly hopeful Nicole Malliotakis stays close to roots in campaign's final hours". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. November 2, 2010.
^ a b Randall, Judy L. (November 9, 2010). "Political trailblazer from Rosebank poised to light a fire under Albany". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com.
^ Padnani, Amy (November 3, 2010). "Nicole Malliotakis, an upstart from Rosebank, runs roughshod over Assembly incumbent". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com.
^ "Debi Rose, Nicole Malliotakis register political victories without precedent". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. March 26, 2011.
^ "What's My District?: State Assembly 60". Gotham Gazette: Eye on Albany. http://www.citizensunion.org/.+October 18, 2011.
^ Randall, Judy L. (February 12, 2011). "Push to save friendship clubs". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com.
^ "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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