The latest entry into the New York City mayoral race should finally put to rest that old saw that the GOP is a party comprised of old white men.
New York Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Latina, threw her hat into the ring Tuesday, determined not only to be the Big Apple’s first millennial mayor, but to also break the stranglehold the Democratic Party has on big cities in the U.S.
The New York Times Metro desk reported:
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She’s the only woman running in the 2017 election for the post to date and is also believed to be the first female Republican to run for mayor.
So far, Malliotakis, 36, is the fourth Republican candidate to announce an intention to square off against current Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
But she shouldn’t be dismissed just because she’s young and Republican. She overtook an incumbent lawmaker by double digits to wrest his state Assembly seat from him in 2010, in a swing district that includes Staten Island.
Four years later she turned her district from purple to deep, deep red by holding on to her seat with 73 percent of the vote. Two years later, Democrats knew better to challenge her and she ran unopposed.
She previously announced that she would wait until grocery and oil billionaire John Catsimatidis decided what he would do before making a decision on her own candidacy.
“My intention is to run, unless my good friend John Catsimatidis jumps into the race,” she said, according to The New York Times.
But Catsimatidis, who made an unsuccessful 2013 bid for the post, hadn’t made a decision as of Tuesday, so Malliotakis decided to file her intention to enter the race and participate in a Republican mayoral candidate forum in Manhattan scheduled for Wednesday, according to SI Live.
“Nicole would be a fantastic candidate,” Malpass told the Advance, stopping short of endorsing her. “She’s a rock star in the Republican Party. She would land lots of punches on Mayor de Blasio.”
Malliotakis joined fellow GOP Assembly member Ron Castorina to fight off de Blasio’s agenda, including his municipal ID program, IDNYC, SI Live reported.
They argue the city’s plan to destroy personal documents associated with it, like foreign and U.S. passports, visas, birth certificates, and utility bills and leases, would hinder law enforcement efforts and violate Freedom of Information laws that require government transparency.
The city argues maintaining the documents and making redacted versions of them subject to Freedom of Information requests would be a violation of privacy.
In preparation for her campaign, Malliotakis filed paperwork with the city’s Campaign Finance Board Monday to allow her city campaign committee, Nicole for New York City, to receive funds from her Assembly campaign committee, Nicole for New York.
She also registered the Nicole for New York City account with the state Board of Elections.
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