Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis held a campaign kickoff press conference Friday at City Hall. Malliotakis became a candidate and began campaigning about two weeks ago, so the news in her appearance comes from her comments rather the fact of her candidacy.
In her fourth term in the New York State Assembly, and one of only seven New York City Republicans holding city or state office, Malliotakis is fairly well-known to New York City Republicans. She’s a fairly late entry in the race, but with an established Staten Island electoral base and a fair amount of name recognition among City Republicans she’s an immediately viable candidate.
Malliotakis fielded a wide range of press questions, covering her candidacy and prospects and rival Paul Massey, City policing and crime, her recent condemnation of Linda Sarsour, the American Health Care Act, Mayor de Blasio and her position on continuing to allow carriage horses to operate.