GOP Chair Castorina Calls Malliotakis:
“A Strong and Effective Leader”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who represents portions of Staten Island and Brooklyn in the state legislature, received the endorsement of the Staten Island Republican Party in her campaign for the GOP nomination for Mayor.
The endorsement came Thursday evening at the party’s nominating convention at the Hampton Inn on South Avenue in Staten Island. Malliotakis was joined by her parents and many of the people who helped launch her political career 7 years ago, with an upset victory over a two-term incumbent.
The Assemblywomen spoke about the deteriorating quality of life and rising costs of living that have drove out senior citizens, middle class taxpayers and young people.
In her acceptance speech Malliotakis cited the plight of “Countless New Yorkers who are leaving our city to lead a better life; I call them economic refugees. People who are sick and tired of being nickel-and-dimed, specifically by this administration.”
Assemblywoman Malliotakis is a life-long resident of Staten Island and her Greek immigrant father, George and mother, Vera, who fled Castro’s Cuba, sat in the audience.
Nicole Malliotakis said, New York needs a mayor who will respect hardworking taxpayers, support law enforcement, put veterans before illegal immigrants, enforce quality of life laws, and understand that each borough is unique and has its own needs.
Assemblyman Ron Castorina, the Staten Island Republican Chair, said, “I’m proud that the Richmond County Republican Committee unanimously endorsed a strong and effective Staten Island leader to fight for our issues and interests in City Hall.”
Cites her “unexpected and unorthodox candidacy” as only chance to take back City Hall
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the lifelong Staten Islander in the race for Mayor, was endorsed today by Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. Oddo, who is completing his first term as Borough President, will share the ballot with Malliotakis in the November election.
“Like most Staten Islanders, I always knew Staten Island was different than the rest of the city,” said Borough President Oddo. “Being a Council Member affirmed and underscored that reality early and often. Having served as Borough President the last three plus years, and living the reality that city agencies play a dominant and outsized role in the local decision-making process, demonstrates unmistakably that non-Staten Islanders still don’t truly know or understand our borough, and probably never will. How great would it be for a Staten Islander to sit in a seat of power and give us better than a fighting chance at some of our longstanding battles? Nicole provides a unique candidacy in what admittedly is a difficult race. If there is going to be a storybook ending in this campaign, an unexpected and unorthodox candidate and candidacy is the only chance. Nicole provides that.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “I’d like to thank Borough President Oddo for his kind words and for leading Staten Island through the greatest growth we have experienced in decades. Today, people actually know where Staten Island is and they want to live here due to the Borough President’s constant and persistent championing of our borough. Jim Oddo is a leader – guiding us through the tragic losses and ongoing recovery from Superstorm Sandy. He is an outside the box thinker – working around bureaucratic roadblocks to increase our inter-borough transportation options, including his work negotiating a deal with NY Waterway that will provide Staten Islanders with a private sector fast ferry service. He is a consensus builder who has not only reached across the aisle, but also, across state boundaries to New Jersey working to reach agreements that will benefit Staten Island. Together, we will make a great team; doing what is right for Staten Island and New York City.”
Fiscal Responsibility & Returning Government to the People Would Be Key Tenets
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the real Republican in the race for Mayor, announced today, that as Mayor she would appoint a New York City Charter Commission to review and consider the following good government proposals:
- Requiring a supermajority vote in the City Council for all tax increases.
- Limiting spending to a New York City based CPI growth plus population growth, excluding federal and state aid.
- Requiring that at a portion (specific percentage to be determined by the commission) of any revenue growth above the New York City based CPI rate be deposited in rainy day fund.
- Requiring that the remainder of any revenue growth above the New York City based CPI rate be used for the retirement of long-term debt andunfunded pension and retiree healthcare liabilities, unless new or increased spending is explained in writing in the budget as to why this spending is a higher priority.
- Granting the boroughs more influence (i.e. appointing borough commissioners and formulating budgets).
The most recent Charter Revision Commission, the government body charged with revising the charter, produced a report in 2010 that led to a public vote that November on two proposals. The first was related to Term Limits for elected municipal officials. The second dealt with a number of issues related to Elections and Government Administration and is best known for the creation of the city’s Campaign Finance Board. Both proposals were voted into law.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Over the past 3 ½ years New Yorkers have seen their hard earned tax dollars spent with little regard for the fiduciary responsibility exhibited in the previous 20 years.
“The New York City budget has grown a whopping 20% and the money is being spent recklessly. Just recently, we’ve witnessed the Speaker of the City Council propose an ill conceived allocation of $16.4 million be used to pay for free legal services to fight the deportation of illegal aliens who have committed violent felonies.
“The first 4 proposals of my Charter Revision plan would mandate a level of fiscal responsibility that is currently unheard of in City Hall. It would place limits on taxes and spending, while also insuring that surplus revenues would be directed for the retirement of long term debt, capital projects or a rainy day fund.
“The final proposal deals with common sense solutions that will bring government closer to the people.
“The tax and spend crowd will squirm and scream over mandated fiduciary responsibility. But, it’s about time they learned; it’s the taxpayer’s money, not theirs.
“The business as usual crowd will fight tooth and nail as they see control slip through their fingers and return to the boroughs and their political powerbase lose influence. But, it’s time for government to be returned to the people.
“This is one of the ways we’ll fix what’s wrong when I’m mayor; stay tuned for more!”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Bill de Blasio should follow the lead of NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and boycott this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. By marching in the parade, Mayor de Blasio is turning his back on all law enforcement in our city, especially the men and women of the NYPD. Honoring Oscar Lopez Rivera, is inappropriate, especially when your own chief law enforcement officer views him as a terrorist. I am thankful that Commissioner O’Neill had the courage and integrity to speak out and Bill de Blasio should listen closely to what the commissioner said.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “As a Latina of Cuban descent with relatives residing in Puerto Rico, I was excited about marching in this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade as a candidate for Mayor of New York City. I share a love for this beautiful Island, its people and its culture with nearly 725,000 Puerto Ricans in our city.
“Unfortunately, this year’s parade has been politicized by the parade committee and its choice to honor Oscar Lopez Rivera; a controversial figure who was a leader of the FALN which claimed responsibility for the 1975 bombing in New York City that killed 4 people and injured more than 60.
“There are many Puerto Rican entertainers, athletes and business leaders who have contributed greatly to our city and nation and would have been a more appropriate and less divisive choice.
“In light of the parade committee’s choice, I have decided not to march in the parade. It is my hope that we can work together in the future to help fulfill the people’s of Puerto Rico’s choice to become either a state or a sovereign people.