New York’s leading small business association, the National Federation of Independent Business, has endorsed Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, State Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Joseph Borelli for re-election.
Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls.
NFIB’s political support is based on the candidate’s position and record on small-business issues. The endorsements come from the NFIB/New York SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the political action committee for NFIB/New York’s membership. The endorsement puts the considerable grassroots support of the state’s small businesses behind the Malliotakis, Lanza and Borelli campaigns.
“Assemblymembers Malliotakis and Borelli, and Senator Lanza have been consistent advocates for small business in Albany,” said NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant. “They have stood with small business against higher costs and continue to fight against more stifling regulations. We need Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Assemblyman Joe Borelli, and State Senator Andrew Lanza back in Albany to protect Main Street and push New York towards a better economic future,” Durant said.
Staten Island small business owners applaud the endorsements. Said Salvatore Sottile, owner of Sottile Security International, “Assemblywoman Malliotakis, Senator Lanza and Assemblyman Borelli have been at the forefront of the Staten Island political climate for many reasons. They are champions for the elderly, reducing the abuse of prescription drugs, the removal of the mobility tax and reducing our bridge tolls. I think we are fortunate to have people like them who have been able to get through the layers of disconnect in government to realize the needs of small business owners. Without their vigilance Staten Island would be an impossible place to conduct business.”
Said Gerald (Gerry) Amerosi, owner of Gerald Peters Gold Mine and Pandora Store in the Staten Island Mall, “Running a business in New York City is tough. Running a business in Staten Island is even tougher. Tolls, taxes and the lack of public transportation make it hard on a business owner. Nicole, Andy and Joe have been great representatives for small business owners on Staten Island. These three individuals are always present in the community. They go out of their way to talk to small business owners about the ever changing government regulations that affect our business. They help us to survive. As a small business owner with two stores employing 60 people, I depend on Senator Lanza, Assemblywoman Malliotakis and Assemblyman Borelli to help make Staten Island a better place to do business.” Gerald Amerosi is also President of the Bucks Business Networking Group representing 75 members.
Senator Lanza said, “Businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating the jobs and opportunities crucial to the well-being of our community. It is only businesses which can create the revenue necessary to pay for the services people depend upon and to fuel the economic engine that supports the American way of life. I am proud to have NFIB’s endorsement and support as we continue to work together to create an environment which allows businesses to thrive and continue to create jobs.”
Said Assemblywoman Malliotakis in accepting the endorsement, “I have worked hard with my colleagues in Albany to reverse the mistakes of the past and provide a better economy to help small businesses throughout New York State. High tolls and taxes and the lack of public transportation were putting a stranglehold on small businesses. Reducing the tolls on our four bridge crossings, restoring bus service and reducing taxes have been a step in the right direction in support of our small businesses, but there is still more work to be done. I look forward to working with Senator Lanza and Assemblyman Borrelli to continue to ease the burden borne by small businesses across our state so they can continue to create jobs and help our economy to flourish.
“Staten Island owes much of its extraordinary character and pecuniary success to its economic foundation; the small business community. I’m proud to call the NFIB a partner in my efforts to once again make New York State an attractive place for business. I’m happy to have the endorsement of the NFIB, and I will continue to work with Staten Island’s business community to revive the entrepreneurial spirit which made New York a world recognized center of commerce to begin with,” said Assemblyman Borelli.
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.
Residents shared their thoughts, concerns and experiences to improve program.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) joined the Bay Ridge and Ovington chapters of AARP and the Bay Ridge Council on Aging, along with personnel from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Paratransit Division, to host a public forum to improve the Access-A-Ride Program Wednesday at Holy Angels Academy in Bay Ridge.
“This community has one of the largest and fastest growing senior populations in the country, and a large number of them rely on Access-a-Ride services to see their doctors, family, and friends. Unfortunately, we hear far too often about the program’s shortcomings. I’m glad MTA Paratransit was able to join me in this effort to make sure these people are heard and, hopefully, get them some answers and better service,” said Malliotakis.
Malliotakis has been conducting an extensive review of Access-A-Ride and will be issuing a summary of her findings and recommendations in the coming months.
The Access-A-Ride program allows eligible commuters, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, to reserve a trip in advance to a destination within the service area covered by public buses and subways. MTA New York City Transit administers the Access-A-Ride program through shared-ride, door-to-door or feeder service.
Vincent Bocchino, President, Ovington Chapter AARP; Peter Killen, President, Bay Ridge Chapter AARP; State Senator Marty Golden; Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis; and Thomas Charles, Vice President, MTA New York City Transit Paratransit Division.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Bay Ridge) is pleased to share that the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has followed through on its promise to make repairs to the 76th Street staircase. At the recent request of local residents, the community board and elected officials to improve the safety of the staircase, the DOT took action to fix the cracks in the damaged concrete. The repairs come in response to a letter Malliotakis sent, along with State Senator Marty Golden and City Councilman Vinny Gentile, to the Brooklyn DOT Commissioner on June 8th.
“I would like to thank the hardworking members of the DOT for a job well done,” said Malliotakis. “It is extremely important that we keep our neighborhood in good condition. These repairs are necessary to ensure that community members can travel safely on a daily basis.”
The final repairs will be completed once the fallen railing has been replaced.
Malliotakis Celebrates Return of Brooklyn’s B37
After four years of petitions, rallies, and advocating, Brooklyn bus riders finally have their B37 back! The New York State Legislature included an increase in funding for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to help restore the bus which was eliminated in 2010 as a cost-cutting measure.
Since 2010, then-candidate for Assembly Nicole Malliotakis rallied with transportation advocates, elected officials, members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) representing bus drivers and civic and business groups for the bus’s return. Since being elected Malliotakis held at least three rallies and launched an online petition titled “Give Me My Bus Back.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) said she is pleased the fight has been won. “After four years and passionate advocacy from all corners of the community, I’m pleased to join my colleagues to celebrate the B37’s return to service. We once again proved that by working together and advocating for Bay Ridge’s needs, we can achieve real results.”
Since taking office, Malliotakis has successfully fought for restoration and expansion of bus service in her district including the X1, X27, B8, B37, B64, S76 and S93 lines. She has made transportation issues a priority of her office.
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.