NEW YORK – Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican and Conservative Party candidate for Congress in the New York's 11th District (Staten Island-Southwestern Brooklyn) received the endorsement of the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYC PBA) at a Monday morning news conference on August 24 in front of One Police Plaza, the headquarters of the NYPD.
NYC PBA President Pat Lynch called Malliotakis, "a true friend of the NYPD" and questioned how we can expect to get, "a fair deal out of a Washington, when we don't have a Republican member of Congress advocating for us in that two party town."
The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York is the largest municipal police union in the world. The NYC PBA represents the approximately 50,000 active and retired NYPD police officers.
NYC PBA President Pat Lynch said, "On behalf of the 50,000 members of the NYC PBA I am proud to endorse Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in her campaign for New York State's 11th Congressional District. Assemblywoman Malliotakis has always been true friend of the NYPD and all law enforcement. She has stood by the men and women of the NYPD during her five terms in state legislature and continues to do so today, when many elected officials like incumbent Congressman Max Rose have joined the anti-police mob. This is the most hotly contested race in New York City this November and it creates the opportunity for our members, their families, friends and all supporters of the NYPD to send a resounding message to every elected official in New York City; law abiding New Yorkers are ready to take this city back.
"Her opponent, Congressman Max Rose, has claimed he supports law enforcement. But when it came time for him to stand tall and show that support, he chose the opposite. He chose to take part in a June demonstration on Staten Island where marchers carried signs reading, 'Abolish the NYPD,' 'Blue Lives Murder' and 'Defund the Police' as the crowd chanted those slogans and others as they converged on the 122nd Precinct. He chose to sign on to a bill that dumps all of the blame and liability for bad policing policies onto police officers on the street. Congressman Rose, you can't have it both ways. You made your choice. Now New York City police officers will make ours.
"On August 14th we endorsed President Trump. If he is to succeed as President, he needs like-minded Americans serving in the House and the Senate. In addition, there are currently no Republican members of the New York City congressional delegation. How can our city, our police officers or our citizens expect to get a fair deal out of a Washington, when we don't have a Republican member of congress advocating for us in that two party town?"
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, "I'm proud to accept the endorsement of the NYC PBA and its President, Pat Lynch. Growing up as a first generation American, I was taught by my parents to respect and honor NYPD officers because they were the best in the world. I continue to hold that belief today on both a personal level and as an elected official.
"In recent months, the men and women of the NYPD have faced attacks from anarchists, career criminals, looters and many elected officials. These attacks are inexcusable. Not only have your members suffered physical injuries, but also attacks on their reputation and a cynical action to defund the department.
"In Congress, I will do what I have always done; fight to get the NYPD the funding they need, work to create common sense legislation that supports law enforcement, not criminals and do anything I can to honor and support any member of law enforcement and their families when an injury or death occurs in the line of duty. Thank you for support, I will never forget it. Stay safe."
At the news conference, the Malliotakis campaign also announced that a new 30-second commercial premiered on August 24 throughout the 11th Congressional District. The hard-hitting ad, produced by BrabenderCox and titled, Open Season, focuses on the issues that have led to sky-rocketing crime, rioting in our streets and the movement to defund the NYPD. It also highlights the endorsement by the NYC PBA.
The new TV commercial Open Season is available online: https://youtu.be/Tr6OQRiKYZI.