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JOBS AND THE ECONOMY

As the daughter of retired small business owners, Nicole understands the challenges entrepreneurs face on a daily basis. In the New York State Assembly, Nicole earned a reputation as a vocal opponent of burdensome regulations, red tape and taxes that make it difficult for businesses to survive and thrive in our communities.

Among her priorities, Nicole wants to see the permitting process for new businesses streamlined, the commercial rent tax adjusted to exempt smaller businesses already facing skyrocketing rents, and reforming the way fines and penalties are issued to give businesses a chance to correct minor violations that do not pose a safety risk.

Nicole also believes the city should be investing in more vocational training opportunities, so that those who choose not to attend college can obtain a life skill, get them off minimum wage, and build a career in which they can support themselves and their families.

EDUCATION

Nicole attended New York City Public Schools from kindergarten through high school. She received a great education and she wants to make sure that every child in our city gets the quality education they deserve.

New York State spends $22,593 per student per year to educate our children, more than any other state in the nation and 87% above the national average.  But, when it reaches New York City, it doesn’t seem to make it to the classrooms.  A big chunk of money goes towards contracts with vendors and consultants! Meanwhile, teachers are forced to pay for classroom supplies, students are lacking up-to-date textbooks and technology and classes are held in trailers parked on the school playground. Simply put, it’s wrong and unacceptable.

Nicole wants to cut the bureaucracy at the Department of Education so more funding gets to the classroom, where it belongs! Nicole is also a supporter of school choice and believes there is room in our city for all schools- public, private, parochial and charter.

HOMELESSNESS

Since Bill de Blasio took office, the homeless population in our city’s shelters and streets have hit an all-time high. A June report issued by the NYC Department of Homeless Services shared that street homeless has gone up nearly 40% this past year alone. Instead of being proactive about providing opportunities to help transition individuals out of the shelter system and addressing some of the underlying issues of homelessness like substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, or lack of employment, Bill de Blasio is proposing to build 90 homeless shelters across the city in our neighborhoods.

Nicole rejects the idea of trying to hide the problem in your backyard.  She will address the root cause of homelessness and get homeless families the help they need and instead of building homeless shelters that trap people in a rotating door, she will use funds to build supportive and affordable housing.

TAXES

Nicole has voted AGAINST tax and fee increases over 300 times, for a total of over $20 billion and has voted for tax CUTS over 60 times, for a total of nearly $10 billion.

Bill de Blasio, however, has shown a blatant disregard for the taxpayer, increasing spending by a whopping 22% during his short time in office.  Whether it’s property taxes, water bills, cash-grabbing traffic cameras, it seems the Mayor always has his hand in our pockets. The worst part of it is, we are paying more and getting a worse quality of life with homelessness, transit, traffic and litter going unaddressed.

Nicole is a fiscal conservative who will watch over tax dollars wisely.  Our state government in Albany is currently restrained by a spending cap, and Nicole will implement the same restraint in New York City. Instead of throwing more money at problems, Nicole will reconfigure how current funding is being spent to maximize positive results.

TRANSPORTATION

Nicole has been an advocate for better public transportation, fighting successfully to restore bus service to Brooklyn and Staten Island and speaking out against subway overcrowding and service delays. She has sued the Port Authority for lack of transparency and has taken on the MTA for its mismanagement and constant fare and toll increases. Nicole has been sounding the alarm on the need to upgrade subway signals which is the main cause for the roughly 70,000 delays NYC’s commuters experience monthly. Other cities such as Paris, London, Vancouver, and San Francisco have made the investment. Unlike Bill de Blasio, Nicole will extend a hand to Governor Cuomo and work in partnership to find funding sources to make these upgrades. Also unlike Bill de Blasio, Nicole won’t appoint MTA board members who rubber stamp the toll and fare hikes that cripple commuters or capital plans that don’t provide enough for New York City’s transit system. Instead, Nicole’s appointees will challenge the status quo as she has in the Assembly.

CRIME AND QUALITY OF LIFE

During Bill de Blasio’s time in office, crimes like rape1, felony2 and misdemeanor6 sex crimes, identity theft3, felony dangerous weapon crimes4, and felony criminal mischief5 have all increased. In 2016 alone, human trafficking cases have increased 50%7.

Additionally, penalties for crimes like public urination and littering have been reduced and 750,000 open warrants are being tossed out, sending the wrong message to offenders and disrupting the quality of life for the rest of us.

Malliotakis opposes Mayor de Blasio’s plan to close Rikers Island and build jails across the five boroughs. She believes the existing prison complex can be modernized and reformed to be a more humane environment that is safer for both inmates and officers. She also believes the case backlog in the justice system that has led to delays needs to be rectified to provide the accused with the right to a speedy trial as protected under the Constitution of the United States.

IMMIGRATION

As the daughter of immigrants, Nicole understands the promise of the American Dream and has advocated for Washington to fix the broken immigration system that has left so many in the shadows.  While Nicole will continue the immigration policy put in place by Mayor Ed Koch and continued through Mayor Bloomberg, Nicole has been leading the opposition against Bill de Blasio’s policy of protecting individuals who are here illegally and have committed crimes against other immigrants and citizens. Under Mayor de Blasio’s expansion, the NYPD and Corrections is prohibited from complying with detainer requests for people who have committed serious crimes like Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Aggravated Identity Theft, Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications and Prescriptions in the First Degree, Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, and Aggravated Patronizing a Minor for Prostitution in the First Degree. Additionally the Mayor has approved a budget that includes spending $27 million for legal defense to protect undocumented individuals who have even committed murder and rape from deportation.

SENIOR CITIZENS

Nicole has worked hard to improve Access-A-Ride services and has fought to protect funding for senior centers that are repeatedly under threat.  She would ensure that our senior centers are properly funded and our seniors get the services they need. She believes the city needs to make an investment in senior housing.

VETERANS

The funding budgeted by Bill de Blasio for the Department of Veterans Services is simply not enough.  It is truly shameful how military veterans, who have put their lives on the line to protect this country, are being short-changed.

Nicole would authorize the expansion of a property tax exemption for the city’s veterans and implement a requirement that a portion of city contracts be awarded to veteran-owned businesses. The disheartening issues of homelessness and suicide among veterans will be a priority of hers.

LGBTQ

Nicole Malliotakis will ensure that New York City remains an inclusive city for all New Yorkers. As a State Assemblymember, Nicole voted for legislation that amended the estates, powers and trusts law to reflect the provisions of the marriage equality act. She also voted to expand adoption rights to same sex couples and make domestic partners eligible to receive crime victims’ compensation. Assemblywoman Malliotakis also protected our gay youth by voting to ban the use of sexual conversion therapy on individuals under 18 years of age. Most recently, Nicole spoke out against President Trump’s decision to prohibit transgender individuals from serving in the military.

ANIMAL RIGHTS

As an animal lover and owner of two adopted dogs, Peanut and Olympia, Nicole has co-sponsored many pieces of legislation that would protect those without a voice.  Shelter conditions must be improved, and the animals must be treated with more care.  The city should be making more of an effort to find homes for animals and work toward eliminating euthanasia.

Sources

[1] NYPD Citywide Historical Crime Data on Seven Major Felony Offenses, comparing 2013 and 2016: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/analysis_and_planning/seven-major-felony-offenses-2000-2016.pdf

[2] NYPD Citywide Historical Crime Data on Non-Seven Major Felony Offenses, comparing 2013 and 2016: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/analysis_and_planning/non-seven-major-felony-offenses-2000-2016.pdf

[3] NYPD Citywide Historical Crime Data on Non-Seven Major Felony Offenses, comparing 2013 and 2016: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/analysis_and_planning/non-seven-major-felony-offenses-2000-2016.pdf

[4] NYPD Citywide Historical Crime Data on Non-Seven Major Felony Offenses, comparing 2013 and 2016: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/analysis_and_planning/non-seven-major-felony-offenses-2000-2016.pdf

[5] NYPD Citywide Historical Crime Data on Non-Seven Major Felony Offenses, comparing 2013 and 2016: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/analysis_and_planning/non-seven-major-felony-offenses-2000-2016.pdf

[6] NYPD Citywide Historical Crime Data on Misdemeanor Offenses, comparing 2013 and 2016: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/analysis_and_planning/misdemeanor-offenses-2000-2016.pdf

[7] New York Daily News, Inside New York’s bustling but unseen world of human trafficking, December 10, 2016: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-bustling-unseen-world-human-trafficking-article-1.2904624.

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