Nicole Malliotakis was first elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. She is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. Nicole currently represents a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. She was the first Hispanic-American elected from Richmond County. She was re-elected to her third term in November 2014 with an overwhelming 73 percent of the vote. Prior to being elected, Nicole served as a liaison for the late State Senator John Marchi and Governor George Pataki. Subsequent to Governor Pataki’s departure from office, she worked as a public affairs manager for Con Edison, focusing on the state’s energy, economic, and environmental policies. During her first term in the Assembly, Nicole was named one of 2012’s “40 Under 40 Latino Rising Stars” by the Hispanic Coalition of New York, and one of Greek America’s “Forty Under 40” Class of 2012, for which she was recognized at the annual National Innovation Convention. In 2013, Nicole was named one of the American Conservative Union’s “Top 10 Under 40” and addressed the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). She was identified by MSNBC as a “young conservative to watch.” In 2014, she was selected by the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation to participate in a visit to Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties between the two nations. Recovery from Hurricane Sandy has become a hallmark of her tenure as an elected official. Nicole’s district, which encompasses the eastern shore of Staten Island, was among the hardest hit by the October 2012 storm. In addition, Nicole has successfully fought to restore and expand transit service in both Brooklyn and Staten Island, improve programs for senior citizens, and reform education in our state. She has worked to improve New York's economic climate and reduce the tax burden on small businesses and residents. She is also a passionate advocate for animal rights and strengthening animal cruelty laws.