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Malliotakis: I Will Work With Cuomo to Fund MTA

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee for mayor, issued the following statement regarding the 1981 law citing the City is responsible for the system’s capital needs.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “From the start of this campaign, I have said, New York City has a responsibility to invest in subway infrastructure improvements because without the subway the City doesn’t run. Unlike Bill de Blasio, I will not shy away from that responsibility and cast blame on the Governor. Instead, I will extend my hand to Governor Cuomo and MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and look for ways we can come together to properly fund the system and make it more efficient.

“Major cities from Paris to London to San Francisco have made the investment to upgrade their subways with Communications Based Train Control. Meanwhile New York City, the greatest city in the world, has subway signals that date back to WWII and are decades beyond repair. A good manager plans ahead to avoid inconveniencing the people they are sworn to serve. This Mayor is not a manager. He doesn’t understand the concept of planning ahead and has shown an inability and unwillingness to work with Governor Cuomo to achieve a resolution. He is disconnected from the deteriorating quality of life New Yorkers experience every day and he simply doesn’t care.”

Malliotakis Files FOIA Request on Mayor’s Travel

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New Yorkers Have a Right to Know How Much Taxpayers Spent

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, held a Wednesday morning news conference on the steps of City Hall to announce the filing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Office of the Mayor and with the NYPD.

The FOIA requests “information specifying the total cost to the City of New York for the following visits outside of the City of New York made by Mayor Bill de Blasio, including but not limited to protection by the New York City Police Department; transportation to the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; transportation returning from the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; transportation within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; lodging within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; and meals within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail.”

The request then lists 21 separate trips that Mayor de Blasio has taken; starting with a trip to Chicago Illinois on March 6, 2014 and ending with this month’s excursion to Hamburg, Germany where the Mayor attempted to insert himself into international politics at the G-20 summit; neglecting New York City after the Department of Homeless Services revealed a 39% spike in street homelessness, a police officer was assassinated and then skipping the swearing-in ceremony for 524 new NYPD recruits.

Nicole Malliotakis Press Conference FOIA Request

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Last night, in my name and on behalf of the taxpayers of New York City, I filed a FOIA request with the Office of the Mayor and with the NYPD requesting the costs of 21 trips the Mayor has taken since March of 2014. “Since his return from Germany, the Mayor and his staff have been mum when questioned by the media; citing security concerns, they have directed all questions to the NYPD. The NYPD then cites security concerns as the reason for not answering questions on the topic.

“I want to be clear; in no way do I want to jeopardize the safety of the Mayor or of the men and women of the NYPD who protect him. I am not asking for the number of NYPD personnel assigned to him on a trip. What I am asking for is the bottom line; what did it cost the taxpayers of New York. “Bill de Blasio’s disregard for the public’s right to know and for the most basic tenets of transparency in government have been on full display over the course of his first 3 ½ years in City Hall. Once again, Bill de Blasio has put the NYPD in a bad position by passing the buck to them. If the Mayor would ‘man-up’ and release the full costs of these trips, I would gladly withdraw the FOIA request I submitted to the NYPD.

“New York taxpayers deserve to know what Mayor de Blasio’s trips are costing them during a critical time when the subway crisis is at its worst, homelessness is skyrocketing and other quality of life issues are deteriorating.

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The FOIA REQUEST:

To: Office of the New York City Mayor
From: Nicole Malliotakis
Date: July 18, 2017

I request delivery, to my home address listed above, information specifying the total cost to the City of New York for the following visits outside of the City of New York made by Mayor Bill de Blasio, including but not limited to protection by the New York City Police Department; transportation to the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; transportation returning from the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; transportation within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; lodging within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; and meals within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail:

1. Chicago, IL, on or about March 6, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
2. Atlantic City, NJ, on or about March 13, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
3. Boston, MA, on or about June 26, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
4. Various locations in Italy, on or about July 19, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
5. Manchester, United Kingdom, on or about September 24, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
6. Various locations in Puerto Rico, on or about November 6, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
7. Paris, France, on or about January 20, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
8. Various locations in Puerto Rico, on or about April 3, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
9. Omaha, NE, on or about April 15, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
10. Des Moines, IA, on or about April 16, 2015 until his return to the city of New York.
11. Various locations in California, on or about May 14, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
12. Various locations in Arizona, California, and New Mexico, on or about July 1, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
13. Various locations in Italy, on or about July 7, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
14. Various locations in Rhode Island, on or about August 17, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
15. Various locations in Connecticut, on or about September 4, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
16. Various locations in Israel, on or about October 16, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
17. Various locations in Florida, on or about March 24, 2016 until his return to the City of New York.
18. Various locations in Italy, on or about July 18, 2016 until his return to the City of New York.
19. Various locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island, on or about August 22, 2016 until his return to the city of New York.
20. Various locations in California, Florida, and Illinois, on or about March 3, 2017 until his return to the City of New York.
21. Various locations in Germany, on or about July 6, 2017 until his return to the City of New York.

Mayor Turns a Blind Eye as Sexual Assaults Climb

Jamaica Attack by Shelter Residents a Symptom of the Problem

Malliotakis: A horrible example of sex crimes that are occurring more frequently in NYC
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, held a Monday afternoon news conference at the intersection of Beaver Road and 150th Street in Jamaica, Queens, by the lot where a 50 year-old woman was robbed and sexually assaulted on the night July 11 while heading home from church. In her remarks, Malliotakis called what happened, “a horrible example of sex crimes that are occurring more frequently in New York City under Bill de Blasio.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “The sexual assault that took place on this street last Tuesday night shocked and disgusted our city and our nation and is a horrible example of sex crimes that are occurring more frequently in New York City under Bill de Blasio.”

“When I entered the race for mayor in early May, I spoke about the increase in rapes and sexual assaults that are taking place in our city and have continued to speak about it in the weeks since. The defenders of Bill de Blasio and even some in the media questioned the facts as they repeated Bill de Blasio’s constant mantra; that New York is one of the safest big cities in America. Tell that to the woman who was brutally assaulted here last week. Ask her how safe she feels or how safe any woman feels who has been assaulted in this city.



“In addition to sexual assault, this incident shines a spotlight on the homeless crisis and on the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, which ultimately, was responsible for oversight of the young men who committed the assault. From media reports on the assault and the investigation that followed, it appears that the perpetrators used the shelter as a base of operations for criminal activity that terrorized the surrounding neighborhood. The sexual assault and at least one other incident took place after the 10:00 pm curfew that the Department of Youth and Community Development insists is in place at the 27 facilities it funds and oversees.

“You have at-risk and homeless youth living in a facility, funded by the taxpayers, that is required to provide 24 hour supervision and enforce a 10:00 pm curfew. But, we find its residents out roaming the streets and committing a heinous sexual assault at 11:00 pm last week and a 3:00 am gunpoint robbery in late June. The Department of Youth and Community Development readily admits that it conducts site visits of the facility on a monthly basis. Obviously, that is not enough. The taxpayers of New York City have to ask; who’s in charge?

“Less than 24 hours after the sexual assault took place on this street, Bill de Blasio held a ’Women for de Blasio’ rally on the steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. Surrounded by cheering Park Slope progressives, he spoke about his agenda on women’s issues.
“Bill de Blasio just doesn’t get it; he jets off to Germany to protest the G-20 hours after a police officer is assassinated in the Bronx and he holds a campaign rally on women’s Issues hours after a horrific sexual assault takes place on a woman heading home from church on a dark and deserted street in Queens. He simply doesn’t understand that one of the most basic of all women’s issues is the ability to walk the streets of our city and ride on its mass transit system without fearing sexual assault! Over the first 3 years of this mayor’s term we’ve seen felony sex crimes have increase by 25% and misdemeanor sex crimes by 22%.

“Bill de Blasio needs to understand that it’s not about Bill de Blasio all the time; it’s about the people of this city and showing leadership when incidents like this take place. Perhaps, if he spent less time travelling back and forth to the gym or flying across the country or around the world to promote his personal agenda, he might find the time to come to a street like this to better understand why it is dark and desolate or the time to address a homeless crisis that continues to put all New Yorkers at risk.”

Statement by Nicole Malliotakis on the Gun Violence that Plagues our Streets

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said,“Last night and early today gunfire erupted on the streets of Brooklyn and Queens; in 3 separate incidents that left 2 dead and 3 wounded victims in the hospital. This follows Wednesday night’s shooting that killed 2 innocent women in Brooklyn and a shooting at 11:30 am, Wednesday in the Bronx that wounded 2 men and a 4 year old girl.

“These shootings weren’t a hold-up gone wrong; each of these incidents were brazen acts by gunmen intent on killing. The violence of these acts speaks volumes to an attitude of lawlessness that Bill de Blasio seems to ignore. Mayor de Blasio should sit with the friends and families of the victims, including the 3 year-old daughter of one of the women who died on Wednesday night and explain to them what a safe city New York is.

“It’s easy for Bill de Blasio to say our city is safe as he travels in an SUV guarded by the men and women of the NYPD. But, New Yorkers, whether the friends and relatives of slain police officers or of those killed or wounded in the past two days, will have a very different story to tell.”

Malliotakis Calls for Demotion of Judge Baily-Schiffman

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Judge’s actions are a threat to the men and women of the NYPD

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, today called for Brooklyn acting Supreme Court Judge Loren Baily-Schiffman to be demoted back to Civil Court. Malliotakis called the judge and her actions, “a threat to the men and women of the NYPD and to the citizens of our city.”

Malliotakis was referring to a case this past weekend where Judge Baily-Schiffman released a mentally ill man without bail or a psychiatric evaluation after he had attempted to he attempted to grab the gun of a police officer during a scuffle at the 83rd Precinct in Brooklyn. The suspect was charged with numerous counts, including assault on a police officer, attempted criminal possession of a weapon and attempted robbery. Prosecutors asked Judge Baily-Schiffman to hold the suspect in lieu of a $250,000 bail, but, the judge ordered him released on his own recognizance.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Less than a week before this incident took place, New Yorkers witnessed the cold-blooded assassination of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia in the Bronx by a mentally ill suspect. Any suspect who attempts to grab a police officer’s gun and threatens to kill themselves or another deserves to be behind bars, or at the very least, should be placed under observation on a 72 hour-psychiatric hold. The fact that this suspect was released is a threat to the men and women of the NYPD and to the citizens of our city.

“This wasn’t the only questionable decision by Judge Baily-Schiffman this past weekend. On Sunday, she also disregarded prosecutor’s request for bail when she placed a suspect, who had threatened to kill a nun in a Brooklyn Church, into Mayor de Blasio’s Supervised Release Program. On the same day, she also released 2 thugs on their own recognizance after they were charged with hate crimes for assaulting, punching and threatening to lynch an African American male on the streets of Sheepshead Bay. In that case prosecutors had requested a $50,000 bail for each suspect.

“When a judge releases suspects like these; all New Yorkers are placed at risk. Today, I call on Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks to remove Judge Loren Baily-Schiffman from criminal court and demote her to the civil court position she was elected to. I also call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to show leadership and do the same. One would think that after attending the funeral of a police officer who was gunned down in cold blood, Mayor de Blasio would speak-out to insure that this judge never takes actions like these again.”

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