De Bla­sio Chal­lenged by Un­der­dog Ni­cole Mal­lio­takis in May­oral Race

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By: Ilana Siyance

Ni­cole Mal­lio­takis, the 36-year-old as­sem­bly­woman, is ag­gres­sively tak­ing the on Mayor de Bla­sio for the 2017 elec­tion. The out­spo­ken Repub­li­can can­di­date mocked the in­cum­bent mayor last week in a pub­lic­ity stunt. She chased de Bla­sio with a can of Red Bull en­ergy drink, as he passed by her press con­fer­ence. She told re­porters that she wanted to help him stay awake, af­ter read­ing in the Post that Hiz­zoner likes to nap dur­ing work­days. By con­trast she says she rarely takes lunch or even bath­room breaks.

That’s not the only thing she at­tacked the mayor for. “Ev­ery­thing in New York is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing un­der this mayor,” she said. Mal­lio­takis vows to change New York. She wants to fix the city’s tran­sit sys­tem, im­prove con­di­tions for se­niors, tackle crime and ex­pand ser­vices for the men­tally ill. Last week, an NYPD cop was shot by an emo­tion­ally dis­turbed 29-year-old. Po­lice of­fi­cer Hart Nguyen was saved by his bul­let proof vest. “That’s what I mean about the vi­o­lence in this city,” Mal­lio­takis com­mented. “De Bla­sio lacks lead­er­ship. He is not help­ing the men­tally ill who are at­tack­ing peo­ple on the sub­way and tar­get­ing the po­lice.”

Mal­lio­takis, the only daugh­ter of Cuban and Greek im­mi­grants, grad­u­ated from Se­ton Hall Univer­sity, and then earned an MBA from Wag­ner Col­lege. She served as an aide to Gov. Ge­orge Pataki and worked as a staffer to late Staten Is­land state Sen. John Marchi. She has served as a NY State As­sem­bly­woman since 2011. “She al­ways gets things done,” said Gov. Pataki. “As one of the only Repub­li­cans in New York City, she re­al­ized pretty early on that you had to reach across the aisle.”

As per the NY Post, Mal­lio­takis was an un­likely con­tender for Mayor. She was an un­der­dog when she reg­is­tered in April as the first His­panic woman run­ning for mayor of NYC. Mem­bers of the Repub­li­can party la­beled her as inexperienced, aloof and too in­de­pen­dent. Repub­li­cans were orig­i­nally root­ing for Mil­lion­aire real-es­tate ex­ec­u­tive Paul Massey be­fore he abruptly dropped out in June. An­other pop­u­lar con­tender was re­tired NYPD De­tec­tive Bo Di­etl, but the Repub­li­can Party barred him for a fil­ing er­ror.

Mal­lio­takis her­self was busy with other as­pi­ra­tions. She made a bid for Congress when Staten Is­land Rep. Michael Grimm stepped down in 2015. But Repub­li­cans pre­ferred to back for­mer DA Dan Dono­van, say­ing he had more ex­pe­ri­ence. “Now Ni­cole is not wait­ing her turn,” said Adele Mal­pass, chair of the Man­hat­tan Repub­li­can Party. “The grass-roots ac­tivists in the party were skep­ti­cal of her at first, but she has won ev­ery­one over,” says Mal­pass. “Peo­ple are now blown away by how hard she works.”

Mal­lio­takis also has back­ing from the Con­ser­va­tive Party. “The lead­ers re­spect Ni­cole’s ca­pa­bil­ity as an as­sem­blyper­son,” said state Con­ser­va­tive

Party Chair­man Mike Long. “She un­der­stands leg­is­la­tion, the law and bud­gets and how money is wasted in govern­ment. She’s go­ing to sur­prise a lot of peo­ple.”

Mal­lio­takis is de­vot­ing 12 hours a day to the May­oral race, march­ing in pa­rades, at­tend­ing com­mu­nity din­ners and meet­ing with ac­tivists. Mal­lio­takis will need to work hard if she wants to com­pete with de Bla­sio’s $5 mil­lion of cam­paign fund­ing. She has only $233,251 in her cam­paign trea­suries, as per Fri­day’s cam­paign fil­ings. Mal­lio­takis doesn’t seem fazed. “I de­feated an in­cum­bent when I was out­spent 2 to 1,” she said, re­fer­ring to when she beat well-funded Demo­cratic As­sem­bly­woman Janele Hyer-Spencer. “I can do it again.”

Ni­cole Mal­lio­takis, the 36-yearold as­sem­bly­woman, is ag­gres­sively tak­ing the on Mayor de Bla­sio for the 2017 elec­tion

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