Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the State Assembly on November 2, 2010. A lifelong resident of the 64th District, Nicole attended P.S. 53, I.S. 24, and New Dorp High School. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a B.A. from Seton Hall University and an M.B.A. from Wagner College. As a liaison for the late Senator John Marchi and Governor George Pataki, Nicole worked with civic groups, not-for-profits, and government agencies to enhance our quality of life. Prior to taking office, Nicole focused on the state’s energy, economic and environmental policies as a public affairs manager, while working with community organizations and elected officials to make Brooklyn and Staten Island better places to work, live, and raise a family. Nicole is the daughter of immigrants. Her father is from Greece and her mother is a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. Her parents came to New York in search of the American Dream, and through their hard work, they attained a modest living as owners of a small business in Brooklyn. Their dedication and entrepreneurial spirit instilled a sense of ambition in Nicole that has inspired her life in public service. Nicole has proven to be a strong, independent voice in state government, always representing the best interests of her constituents. She has displayed an understanding of what it takes to provide a positive environment for both large and small businesses to spur job growth and revitalize New York’s economy. As an outspoken advocate for New York City commuters, Nicole is fighting to reduce the unfair burden placed on her constituents by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. She has worked with legislative colleagues and civic leaders to combat both agencies’ structures and halt fare hikes and service reductions that have unfairly burdened Staten Islanders and Brooklynites. In an effort to provide a brighter future for Staten Island and Brooklyn children, Nicole is committed to strengthening the laws that protect our schools and communities from dangerous criminals. She has been at the forefront of efforts to crack down on crime at all levels, especially against children. Whether it’s advocating for tougher penalties on drunk drivers or child abusers, Nicole has consistently fought to provide a safe, happy and healthy community for our children. Nicole is deeply attuned to the needs of our community’s senior citizens. Throughout her first year in office, she has been a passionate defender of the programs and services that our elderly population relies on by leading the fight against funding cuts to senior centers and improving Access-A-Ride. Nicole was a tireless advocate in support of legislation that prohibits insurers from mandating that their insured use mail-order for prescription medication, allowing seniors to visit their local pharmacies and get the one-on-one consultation they need. She is also the sponsor of legislation to increase penalties against criminals who seek to abuse the elderly. During her first year in the State Assembly, Nicole received a number of awards from various organizations. She was named a Rising Star by the Capitol newspaper and a Top Ranking Pro Jobs Supporter by The Business Council of New York State, Inc. She also received special recognition at the 2011 Women of Achievement Awards by the Staten Island Advance. Nicole was presented with the 2011 “Special Outstanding Community Service” award by the South Beach Civic Association and an “Award of Gratitude” by the Order of AHEPA for serving as the honorary speaker at their 2011 AHEPA Scholarship Awards Graduation, as well as her contributions to the Hellenic community.