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Introducing Nicole Malliotakis, The New Assemblywoman of the 60th

November 3, 2010

Nicole Malliotakis celebrates with Assemblyman Lou Tobacco, left, and state Sen. Andrew Lanza at the Vanderbilt, South Beach. (Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein)

Mike Grimm wasn’t the only stunning victory last night.

Staten Island candidate Nicole Malliotakis defeated Janele Hyer-Spencer to become the newest Assemblywoman of the 60th AD.

The district has a part in Brooklyn, but the lion’s share is on the island. had this coverage:

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As Nicole Malliotakis waltzed into The Vanderbilt, Assemblyman Lou Tobacco and state Sen. Andrew Lanza hoisted her hands in the air.

She was greeted with a standing ovation and hearty cheers after trouncing incumbent Janele Hyer-Spencer in the Brooklyn/Island’s 60th Assembly District.

“This is really an amazing moment. I’m so excited,” an exuberant Ms. Malliotakis gushed to supporters and members of the GOP committee at the South Beach hall. “I’m still a little bit in shock. It’s been such a long day; I feel like I’ve been up for 10 days straight.”

60th Assembly District

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Ms. Malliotakis had 13,211 votes, or 55 percent, compared to 10,876, or 45 percent, for Ms. Spencer.

With Ms. Hyer-Spencer, who first gained election in 2006, a no-show in defeat, it fell to borough Democratic chair John Gulino to deliver the verdict on her re-election bid: “She’s a great person. She’s been a great assemblywoman. It’s not a reflection on the candidate, it’s a reflection of the anti-incumbent mood around the country. It was not a vote against Janele.”

Still, one of the greatest criticisms of Ms. Spencer was that she should have been more involved in issues, and that she let opportunities to represent Staten Island slip by.

Ms. Malliotakis vowed that she would take a different tack.

“I’m not going to be somebody who goes along to get along,” she said. “I’m going to be somebody who goes against the establishment and fights for what’s right for the community.”

The fledgling assemblywoman from Rosebank becomes the first person of Hispanic descent to be elected on the Island — her father is from Greece, her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship — and, at 29 years old, the youngest elected borough official. But she said that had nothing to do with voters’ choices at the polls yesterday.

“Like many of you, I started off this campaign as an unhappy constituent,” she said in her speech. “We’re tired of the reckless spending. We’re tired of the overtaxing. We’re tired of the lack of accountability and we’re tired of the one-party rule. This is our victory.”

Congratulations to Nicole for her competitive race. We hope she will truly promote reform values in the Assembly and prove herself worthy of the victory the voters gave her.

This was, frankly, one of the races our blog did not cover as much as perhaps we should have. Hyer-Spencer was an entrenched incumbent whom many I spoke with believed would win, and Malliotakis had been associating with an inordinate number of establishment figures in Brooklyn, which concerned us.

But we are willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and have done so since we became aware of her campaign.

Now, we will follow her on her road to Albany and hope she promotes reform while she is there. Our government needs it desperately.

  1. Brochino permalink
    November 3, 2010 1:39 pm

    With all due respect, I dont know where you get your information. Among Staten Island insiders and anybody who at least kept up on borough politics, it was widely felt that Spencer would lose this year. She even said earlier in May that her position was untenable due to the dysfunction in Albany.

    Maybe if all of your interest wasn’t so focused on a losing battle between Lucretia, Cipriano vs Abbate, you might have seen this.

    • John Galt permalink*
      November 3, 2010 2:25 pm

      “With all due respect”? Based on what you’ve written, I don’t see a single respectful word at all. Anyway…

      I just spoke with my colleague regarding your comment. None of us had seen that story from the Daily Politics. This year, we were concentrating on the races that our readers expressed tremendous interest in. Ms. Malliotakis’ race was, unfortunately, not one of them. On top of that, we never received press releases from Ms. Malliotakis (unlike most other local Republican and Democratic campaigns). Frankly, there wasn’t much to say and the media was pretty quiet on the race from what we could tell, with the exception of a few local cable news appearances.

      Plus my colleague told me that many people with whom he spoke indicated the race would bend Democratic due to Carl Paladino’s poor resonance with city voters. Frankly, I don’t think anybody really knew, including you, Brochino.

      Speaking for myself, not much about Nicole’s background was clear to me beyond the fact that she worked for Mr. Pataki for a time. I certainly was not encouraged by the numerous establishment people I saw her associating with, as my colleague indicated. I am encouraged by her pro-reform statements and am also giving her the benefit of the doubt.

      With many of these local races, often times all you can go on is “a feeling.” Polling is usually non-existant and attempting to divine the results is tricky at best.

    • John Galt permalink*
      November 3, 2010 2:29 pm

      Oh, and as for the 49th Assembly District, yes that was one of the races for which we received keen interest from our readers. However, if you sift through our archives, that was hardly the only campaign we covered. But maybe if you weren’t so fixated on disliking us, you would realize that…

  2. Nicole Goes Which Way? permalink
    November 3, 2010 2:30 pm

    Is she gay or straight?

  3. Young Republican permalink
    November 3, 2010 3:01 pm

    Big victory for Brooklyn GOP!!!

  4. Exactly how is the election of Nicole Malliotakis a victory for the Brooklyn GOP? permalink
    November 3, 2010 5:30 pm

    Somebody needs to get a grip on reality.

    Janelle Hyer-Spenser had real problems in the Staten Island portion of her 60th AD. Then she threw her complete support behind the wrong horse in the Brooklyn part of the district in the Democratic primary. Then the great Tea Party anti-Obama reached the southwest shores of Brooklyn.

    What part of that was done by Craig Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP, or any part of it?

    Let’s see the real numbers; then we’ll give credit where it’s due.

  5. Fact Check: There Weren't Any Brooklyn Democratic Incumbets Defeated on Tuesday Night. permalink
    November 4, 2010 10:52 pm

    The Brooklyn GOP delusional hate blog contained this “comment”:

    “Chainsaw said… ‘Janele Hyer-Spencer told Brooklyn to drop dead a long time ago.
    Now we got to tell her to do the same last on Tuesday.

    OMG, was Vito Lopez told about it, boy will he be pissed….that’s not part of the deal.

    We’re afraid that “Chainsaw” has sipped a little too much of the Craig Eaton Kool-Aid and has become unhinged.

    BTW, we didn’t see that a single Brooklyn Democratic incumbent was defeated on Tuesday night — unless there was an unreported thumb-wrestling match somewhere that might have been lost by a Brooklyn Democratic incumbent, but certainly not to a member of the Brooklyn GOP…. because, even that would break the deal.

  6. November 11, 2010 5:35 pm

    Fact that Spencer never got in touch with you in any way is more than enough proof that the welfare of the nation is not even a consideration in her mind……..
    Fact is she doesn’t even belief in the election system ….
    Fact is fact and no going back…………
    What baby’s………………….
    Scary thing is this is for real and planes really did hit them buildings ,we really did work our whole life’s now there saying all them there funds we paid into our whole life’s are now in danger of bankruptcy , there are millions of illegal immigrants that are working just in this district as they say and (in fact is true) millions of American citizens are out of work ,we really did invade Iraq allegedly to find no weapons of mass destruction yet there is millions of dead kurds killed by nerve gas bombs that are weapons of mass destruction unaccounted for…………………………………….
    The scariest part of all there really are approximately 80 million unborn Americans ripped from there mothers wombs in the name of freedom of choice …………….
    Imagine if they had license to kill us ………..
    What would become of us???????????????????????????
    God Bless you and congratulations on you win in the election………………………………………………..

  7. brenda permalink
    December 28, 2010 5:08 pm

    Malliotakis had better get read of real estate law 712 which won’t allow a citizen to get rid of a deadbeat tenant for up to a year or she is next. I personally asked her as a resident and local leader of South Beach and she said no. Two years to bring it up or heave ho mallio!

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