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Letter to Editor

On COVID and Nicole Malliotakis

To the Editor:

Thank you for all the important coverage in our community, which more often than not is unpleasant happenings in our world. As I’ve always stated, our journalist professionals have an immense responsibility to inform, and that doesn’t often involve sharing of good news. 

During the last few months, my family and so many others have suffered great loss during this pandemic. I took this all a message from the piers above to the world, indiscriminately, that we need to do better across the board. And so, my guiding light through it all has been the prospect that by helping others we might spare them the loss of someone they love. By spreading love, maybe the hate and pain will be more bearable, and even overcome one day.  

In my small way, I organized a GoFundMe in lieu of flowers following the loss of my dad to Covid on March 27th, and we raised over $55,000 in memory of my father. We used those funds to purchase and distribute 10,000 face shields and 8,000 masks to our frontline workers, and I could not have done this without the direct help of the hands of Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and volunteers from her office. This literally involved her physically calling all nursing homes, hospitals, etc., to determine quantities needed, coordinating logistics and physically loading trucks and delivering boxes. That is authentic leadership from the heart. Regardless of political alliances or positions, humanity needs us all right now, and I can say with certainty that I could not have properly managed such a large distribution efficiently and effectively without her help. 

Throughout COVID, her office distributed PPE of their own, as well as hand sanitizer. They also delivered food for essential workers and seniors in need, arranged 6 food drives for local pantries, and helped hundreds file unemployment claims. 

It is for these reasons that I felt obligated to write this personal note in response to the extremely disheartening, nasty, and false ads run by her opponent Rep. Max Rose attempting to criticize her for failing to do what in fact she did do, well beyond him.  

This pandemic should be bringing our community together but, instead, our congressman is trying to score political points with cheap shots at a woman who truly cares and is always willing to aid those in need. It’s not easy being a Republican political leader in New York your entire career, but it is something that seems to come natural to those who live true. That’s what I’ve seen first hand in Nicole Malliotakis, and regardless of what side of the aisle any one of us is on, it’s clear to me that living a true and authentic life is what the world is missing. A big heartfelt “thank you” to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis for always being there. Whether it was during Sandy, over the course of COVID or even with the recent storm, she is always out in the community willing to help. 

Andreas Koutsoudakis, Esq.

New York, NY

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