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Nicole Malliotakis, 32, is a member of the New York State Assembly, representing parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.
Her career started as a liaison for the late Senator John Marchi and Governor George Pataki. She worked with civic groups, not-for-profits, and government agencies. She also served as Pataki’s representative in New York City and liaison to the Greek American community.
In 2010, she was elected to the New York State Assembly, defeating a two-term incumbent to become the first Greek American woman. She is also the only current female Republican elected to any office in New York City.
During her first year in office, Malliotakis worked to stop the closure of local firehouses and senior centers and eliminate a $10 billion budget deficit without raising or instituting new taxes or fees.
Malliotakis is also a vocal advocate for freedom of religion. She helped circulate a letter among her fellow legislators, addressed to the Turkish embassy in Washington, calling for the re-opening of the Halki Theological School in Turkey. She also accompanied the Cyprus Federation of America to Cyprus where she met with the Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis.
She supported the reconstruction of the St Nicholas church that was destroyed near the World Trade Center in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Malliotakis is also the recipient of numerous awards. She was named a Rising Star by the Capitol newspaper. She also received special recognition at the 2011 Women of Achievement Awards by the Staten Island Advance and an Award of Gratitude by the Order of AHEPA for serving as the honorary speaker at their 2011 Scholarship Awards Graduation, as well as her contributions to the local Greek community.