Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) today announced that she has been asked to speak at Duke University’s spring Connect2Politics series, part of the Hart Leadership Program. The University brings four elected officials under 40 that they consider “rising stars” to campus for a Speakers’ Series on government and leadership. This year’s participants also include South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg, San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. According to Alma Blount, director of the Hart Leadership Program, each politician was selected as part of their effort to ‘interact with young politicians at the state and municipal levels, because many of them are stepping up to tackle issues Washington has left unsolved.’
“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected to participate in this series and be noted alongside truly dynamic elected officials from around the nation who are helping shape their communities,” said Malliotakis. “As a life-long resident of New York City, I’m excited to share in the discussion about the important steps our state government has taken to tackle a $10 billion deficit while cutting taxes, restore lost transportation options, and rebuild our community post-Sandy.”
“Assemblywoman Malliotakis has a unique perspective on what it’s like to represent the residents of a large city at the state level. We look forward to her insight on whether metropolitan areas deserve more autonomy from other levels of government,” said Alma Blount, director of the Hart Leadership Program. “Nicole certainly made her name for herself through leadership in her district after being hit so hard by Hurricane Sandy. She has a bright future and we’re excited to hear her views.”
Previous participants include, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum, New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck and then-Mayor, now-Senator Cory Booker. Additional information about the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program and the Connect2Politics program can be found at http://www.hart.sanford.duke.edu/page/connect_to_politics/.
Malliotakis will take part in the Connect2Politics series on February 18.
Legislators share concern over Common Core learning standards.
Assembly members Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Joe Borelli (R,C,I-South Shore) applauded New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) decision to pull its support for the Common Core Standards. This came on the heels of the recent decision of the board to declare “no confidence” in the policies of Education Commissioner John King, Jr. and issue a call for his removal.
“The effort to repeal or reform the failed Common Core curriculum is gaining more and more momentum as residents continue to join the chorus calling for reform. For the past year, we have been working with colleagues, speaking with parents and educators, and making the case to fix this very flawed system. Every day, the State Department of Education is feeling the pressure from thousands of parents, teachers and students from every corner of New York, and this is how we will achieve much-needed and meaningful reform,” said Malliotakis and Borelli.
In today’s announcement, NYSUT issued its request for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences resulting from Common Core-aligned statewide standardized tests, meaning no teachers should be fired nor students kept from graduating because of poor performance.
Submitted for the January 27, 2014 MTA Transit and Bus Committee Hearing at 347 Madison, New York, NY at 10:30 AM.
Below Please find the submitted testimony from State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-I, Brooklyn/Staten Island) regarding the B37.
“The restoration of the B37 bus line was a tremendous victory for the riders, families and businesses of Brooklyn who relied on this service for so long prior to its elimination. This decision was welcomed by so many in the community, including our students, senior citizens, health care professionals, and those who will again be able to utilize this bus to get to and from work. However, the proposal to cease service at the Barclays Center at Atlantic Avenue is an ill-advised plan that will fail to meet the needs of Brooklyn’s commuters. In the past, the B37 would travel 10 blocks further to Court Street at Livingston Street, connecting riders with destinations like the court system, medical appointments, and Borough Hall and its surrounding neighborhood. As the State legislative representatives of Bay Ridge, we formally request that the B37 be restored in full, running past the Barclays Center and to its former final stop at Court Street. Anything less would be a failure for your customers.”
Assemblyman Joe Borelli (R,C,I-South Shore) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I –East Shore/Brooklyn) today joined colleagues to roll out a Common Core reform package entitled “Achieving Pupil Preparedness & Launching Excellence (APPLE) Plan”. The APPLE Plan is a reform measure that would slow down the implementation of Common Core and introduce new, comprehensive education reform for New York State. The plan was created after 11 public education forums were held throughout the state, hearing hours of testimony from parents, teachers, administrators and children on the appropriate ways to educate our students.
“The implementation of Common Core represents the major failures in our education department,” said Borelli. “We in the minority conference did our due diligence to give the people of New York a voice and address their concerns about education and how it should be reformed. The Apple Plan is the first step toward fixing the problems of Common Core and giving our children the education they deserve.”
Borelli’s colleague, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn-Staten Island) is also critical of the implementation of Common Core and believes that the APPLE Plan is a step in the right direction.
“Today’s release of the ‘At the Educational Crossroads’ report is the culmination of several months of hard work by our Republican Assembly Conference to address the multiple problems experienced from the swift implementation of the Common Core curriculum,” said Malliotakis. “With so many students, parents and educators affected by this program, it is absolutely critical that we take action to adjust the system to better meet the needs of our children. With concerns about Common Core being raised across New York, we truly are at a crossroads in terms of education. It is critical that the reforms we have proposed be swiftly enacted because our students only get once chance to receive a quality education.”
The APPLE plan solution addresses critical issues in the areas of Curriculum, Teacher Support, Funding, Student Anxiety, Special Education and Data Collection and concludes with two reform options recommended by members of the Assembly Minority Conference. Proposed solutions within the APPLE Plan include:
* Stopping the rushed implementation of the Common Core State Standards;
* Providing funding for professional development;
* Eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA);
* Reducing the over-reliance on student testing;
* Reasserting that an IEP is the supreme document for the education of a child with special needs; and
* Requiring that parents must consent to any disclosure of student information to a third party.
“We need to put the brakes on Common Core implementation. You only get one chance to educate a child,” said Borelli. “Thanks to Ed Ra and the rest of the minority conference, we finally have a good plan in place for the proper education of our children.”
The APPLE Plan is available for review online at bit.ly/educationalcrossroads. Borelli and Malliotakis are encouraging those interested to take a look at the plan and contact their respective offices with any concerns they may have.
Assemblywoman calls for passage of bills to curb dangerous driving
Approaching the end of her first term, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) is pushing to increase penalties on drunk and dangerous drivers. The assemblywoman is urging her Assembly colleagues to pass A.6878, the first piece of legislation Malliotakis introduced immediately after being sworn into the Legislature, which would create a three-strike rule for repeat drunk drivers. The bill would attempt to curb the rash of drunk driving accidents, which claim the lives of more than 350 New Yorkers every year, by:
* Automatically revoking a driver’s license for 10 years upon one’s third DWI conviction;
* Immediately suspending one’s vehicle registration and revoking license plates while the license is invalidated; and
* Immediately suspending one’s vehicle registration and revoking license plates for any convicted drunk driver caught driving with a suspended license.
An example of drunk driving recidivism presented itself last summer when Staten Island resident Charles Pelicone was convicted of driving while intoxicated for a third time. Sadly, Pelicone had lost his own son four years earlier to a drunk driving accident.
Additionally, Malliotakis is calling for the passage of Assembly bill 3350, which would increase the penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident without stopping or reporting it from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class E Felony. The legislation would also increase penalties from a Class E Felony to a Class D Felony for repeat offenders and hit-and-run drivers who injure others. Under the proposed law, drivers who flee from the scene of an accident where someone was killed would face a Class C Felony charge.
A man was killed by a hit-and-run driver this past Monday night in Assemblywoman Malliotakis’ district. 33-year old Amjad Barakat was struck while crossing 72nd Street at 7th Avenue and died at the scene. This happened just three months subsequent to 29-year-old Ronald Tillam being struck and killed while riding his bicycle home from Wagner College after a late night of studying on campus. The drivers of both cars have still not been located.
“Anyone that would get behind the wheel and gamble with the lives of others on the road deserves to be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” said Malliotakis. “With the holiday weekend coming up, now is the most important time to focus on safety for drivers and pedestrians. Whether it’s a repeat drunk driver, or a person who flees the scene of a crime, the message must be loud and clear – reckless drivers will end up behind bars.”