By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who has been considered a rising star in the Republican Party ever since she surprised political pundits by capturing her assembly seat three years ago, has won praise from media superstar Tina Brown’s website, which called her one of nine women reshaping the image of the GOP.
In an article posted Sept. 3, The Daily Beast praised Malliotakis’ “old school legislative work” and said that work has “gotten her noticed as a young, rising talent nationally.”
The article cited her successful efforts to get the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to restore service on the B37 bus, as well as her fight to get the state to crack down on so-called day spas, which are suspected of being fronts for prostitution.
Malliotakis, 32, the only Republican woman holding an elected office in New York City, was named along with other GOP female leaders like New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as women who could be the future leaders of the party.
Earlier this year, Malliotakis, who also has the backing of the Conservative Party, was named to the American Conservative Union's “10 Under 40” list of young people in politics to watch. In a move that seemed to solidify her rising star status, she was one of the featured speakers at the conservatives' annual CPAC conference this year.
Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) couldn’t be reached for comment on The Daily Beast article, but her political allies are busy singing her praises.
Jerry Kassar, chairman of the Brooklyn Conservative Party, posted a link to the article on his twitter page and tweeted, “I wish to personally congratulate Nicole Malliotakis being named one of nine leading Republican women moving Party to the right.”
Christine Sisto, secretary of the Brooklyn South Conservative Club, also spread the word about the article, posting a link to it on her Facebook page. “Kudos to Nicole!” she wrote.
Malliotakis is currently serving her second term in the assembly, serving the 64th Assembly District. She first won the seat in 2010, defeating incumbent Democrat Janele Hyer-Spencer. She easily defeated her Democratic opponent, John Mancuso, in her bid for a second term in 2012.