Boscio Calls Malliotakis a “True Friend of NYC’s Boldest” Who Has the Tenacity to Fight for First Responders and All Essential Workers

The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA), the second-largest law enforcement union in the City of New York, today endorsed Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis for Congress in New York’s 11th Congressional District.

“As a true friend of New York City’s Boldest, Nicole Malliotakis has the integrity, leadership, and dedication to serve as our voice in the United States Congress. On behalf of our 20,000 active and retired members, I am proud to endorse her candidacy for Congress,” said Benny Boscio Jr., President of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association. “Now more than ever, Correction Officers, law enforcement officers, first responders, and other essential workers need to support candidates who have always had our backs and who have the tenacity to stand up for us in the fights that loom ahead. In the race for New York’s 11th Congressional District, Nicole is the only candidate who we can trust to fight for our members and their families.”

President Boscio added, “New Yorkers should judge a candidate based on what they’ve done, not on what they say they’ll do. Throughout Nicole’s career in public office, she has been one of the few public voices standing up for and protecting Correction Officers. She has opposed closing Rikers Island and supports our call to take the $10 billion earmarked for new jails and reinvest that money into modernizing our current jails, making them safer for everyone. She supports keeping punitive segregation to separate violent offenders who terrorize Correction Officers and non-violent inmates. And during the height of COVID-19 pandemic, realizing the PPE shortages our members faced, Nicole donated 5,000 gloves to help keep Correction Officers safe. She embodies the exact leadership qualities that working men and women in this city need right now and we will do all that we can to help her get elected in November.”

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said,“I want to thank the members of NYC Correction Officers Benevolent Association and their President, Benny Boscio, Jr. for their kind endorsement. In the New York State Assembly I have always supported the important work our correction officers do, especially this year with the dual challenges of bail reform and the COVID-19 outbreak. Unlike my opponent, I have been a vocal opponent against bail reform, the closing of Rikers Island and the building of jails in the neighborhoods of our city. In Congress and on the streets of our city I’ll continue to stand with you and all members of law enforcement as you work to make New York City a more safe and better place to live.”