Mayor hopeful visits Queens to energize base
by Patrick Kearns
Sep 19, 2017 | 6598 views | 0 0 comments | 203 203 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With primary elections out of the way, mayoral hopeful Nicole Malliotakis is narrowing her focus on incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The morning after the primary, which saw de Blasio capture nearly 75 percent of the vote, Malliotakis paid a visit to several senior centers in Queens.

Standing outside the Ozone Park Senior Center on 101st Avenue, she explained why the low voter turnout is a positive for her campaign.

“Roughly 11 percent of all the registered Democrats in the City of New York came out to cast a vote for Bill de Blasio,” she said. “What that tells me is that his base is not energized. He has let them down over the last three-and-a-half years with empty promises.”

Malliotakis blasted the mayor for how he’s handled the city’s homeless crisis and how unprepared students are when entering their first year of college after graduating from a New York City public school.

“Bill de Blasio ran three years ago promising a lot of things and, quite frankly, other than pre-K he’s delivered nothing,” she said.

Malliotakis said he has failed to address the “tale of two cities” and close the wealth disparity in the city.

“What we see is that gap has gotten even wider,” she said. “Unfortunately, under Mayor de Blasio this has become one city for his donors and friends and another city for everybody else.”

The assemblywoman from Staten Island accused the mayor of trying to raise his national profile.

“I’m here because I want to represent those individuals across the political spectrum who feel that they’re not doing better than they were three-and-a-half years ago,” she said. “That they are paying more and getting less in terms of results and that city government has failed them.”

The senior center where Malliotakis held her press conference is in Councilman Eric Ulrich’s district. Ulrich, also a Republican, chose instead to endorse independent Bo Dietl, because he thinks Dietl has a better shot at usurping de Blasio.

According to the Board of Elections, there are 136,868 registered Republicans in Queens, or 11 percent of total registered voters in the borough. Only Staten Island, where roughly one-third of votes are registered Republicans, has a higher percentage.
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