Matteo: Nicole has proven she is the clear choice for voters this year.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican and Conservative Party candidate in the hotly contested race for New York’s 11th Congressional District (Brooklyn/Staten Island) was endorsed today by New York City Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo. Minority Leader Matteo becomes the first local Republican elected official to endorse Assemblywoman Malliotakis in her congressional race. Earlier in January, Malliotakis picked up the endorsement of the Executive Committees of both the Staten Island and Brooklyn Republican Party, which was followed days later by the endorsement of Conservative Party in both boroughs.

Matteo was elected to the City Council in 2014 and became Minority Leader in 2015. Over the course of his time in the City Council he has built a record of accomplishment focused on improving the quality of life of his constituents by creating a curbside pickup program for electronic waste, improving traffic flow with left-turn signals and assisting victims of Superstorm Sandy in their efforts to return to their homes.

Minority Leader Steve Matteo said “I am supporting Nicole Malliotakis because I know she will do an excellent job representing Staten Island and Brooklyn in the halls of Congress. Whether it is fighting for residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy, her work on behalf of seniors and veterans, or standing up for common sense policies in Albany, Nicole has proven she is the clear choice for voters this year.”

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “I want to thank New York City Councilman and Minority Leader, Steve Matteo for his endorsement and support of my candidacy for Congress. Steve is a partner in government, a friend and someone I have tremendous respect for. As a state legislator, I have worked to restore bus service, improve programs for seniors, expand services for veterans and ensure our children receive a quality education. I look forward to bringing my fight and passion to Washington to secure our borders, create more jobs, improve healthcare services, and deliver an infrastructure package that benefits our community.”