Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent with 55% of the vote. She was re-elected in 2012 (61%), 2014 (73%) and 2016 (100%). A lifelong resident of the 64th District, Nicole attended P.S. 53, I.S. 24, and New Dorp High School. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a B.A. from Seton Hall University and an M.B.A. from Wagner College.
Prior to taking office, Nicole focused on the state’s energy, economic and environmental policies as a public affairs manager in the private sector, while working with community organizations and elected officials to make Brooklyn and Staten Island better places to work, live, and raise a family.
As a liaison for the late Senator John Marchi and Governor George Pataki, Nicole worked with civic groups, not-for-profits, and government agencies to enhance our quality of life.
Nicole is the daughter of immigrants. Her father is from Greece and her mother is a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. Her parents came to New York in search of the American Dream, and through their hard work, they attained a modest living as owners of a small business in Brooklyn. Their dedication and entrepreneurial spirit instilled a sense of ambition in Nicole that has inspired her life in public service.
Nicole has proven to be a strong, independent voice in state government, always representing the best interests of her constituents. She has displayed an understanding of what it takes to provide a positive environment for both large and small businesses to spur job growth and revitalize New York’s economy.
The daughter of retired small business owners, Nicole understands the challenges facing our small business community. Her commitment to improving the state’s business climate and advocacy for lower taxes and less job-killing regulations and mandates have earned her the title of “Top Ranking Pro Jobs Supporter” by The Business Council of New York State and the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business.
As an outspoken advocate for New York City commuters, Nicole is fighting to reduce the unfair burden placed on her constituents by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. She has worked with legislative colleagues and civic leaders to combat both agencies’ structures and halt fare hikes and service reductions that have unfairly burdened Staten Islanders and Brooklynites.
In an effort to provide a brighter future for Staten Island and Brooklyn children, Nicole has fought for reforms to Common Core and is committed to strengthening the laws that protect our schools and communities from dangerous criminals. She has been at the forefront of efforts to crack down on crime at all levels, especially against children. Whether it’s advocating for tougher penalties on drug dealers, drunk drivers or child abusers, Nicole has consistently fought to provide a safe, happy and healthy community for our children and families.
Nicole is deeply attuned to the needs of our community’s senior citizens. Throughout her first year in office, she has been a passionate defender of the programs and services that our elderly population relies on by leading the fight against funding cuts to senior centers and improving Access-A-Ride. Nicole was a tireless advocate in support of legislation that prohibits insurers from mandating that their insured use mail-order for prescription medication, allowing seniors to visit their local pharmacies and get the one-on-one consultation they need.
Nicole has received a number of awards from various organizations. She was named a Rising Star by City & State, one of the Hispanic Coalition of New York’s “40 under 40” Latino Rising Stars, one of MSNBC’s “young conservatives to watch,” and received special recognition at the 2011 Women of Achievement Awards by the Staten Island Advance. Additionally, Nicole was named to National Herald’s ’40 under 40,” the Greek America Foundation’s “40 under 40,” and received the “Award of Gratitude” by the Order of AHEPA for her contributions to the Hellenic community.
Recovery from Hurricane Sandy has been her priority as her district, which includes the eastern shore of Staten Island, was among the hardest hit by the October 2012 storm. She is currently the ranking minority member of the Assembly committee on Governmental Employees, while also serving on the Assembly committees for Banks, Corporations, Authorities & Commissions, Transportation, and Ways & Means. She was recently named to the Assembly Minority Conference’s leadership team.