Assembly hopeful Nicole Malliotakis stays close to roots in campaign's final hours

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Much has happened in the life of Nicole Malliotakis since she walked the halls as a student of PS 53 in Bay Terrace, Barnes Intermediate School in Great Kills and New Dorp High School.

But the Republican returned to her former schools today as an Assembly candidate, meeting voters at polling locations in the final hours of her campaign to unseat Democrat Janele Hyer-Spencer (East Shore/Brooklyn).

The visits were part of a busy day of campaigning that included stops at several voting sites in Brooklyn and on the Island.

"I've been visiting all of them," she said when reached by the Advance as PS 53. "But trying to spend a little extra time at the places where I grew up."

Ms. Malliotakis plans to spend her evening campaigning with supporters Assemblyman Lou Tobacco (R-South Shore) and state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) before heading to the Vanderbilt in South Beach for the borough Republican Party returns gathering.

"The response I've been getting is tremendous," she said. "I'm very pleased."