Decision 2020: Max Rose vs. Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11)

Jessica Alicea ’22

Max Rose is a Democrat and a member of the U.S. House, representing New York’s 11th Congressional District. The 11th District includes all of Staten Island and some parts of southern Brooklyn. Rose defeated his incumbent Republican Dan Donovan in 2018 and is now running against Republican Nicole Malliotakis. He was only the second Democrat to win the seat in 30 years. Before being elected to office, Rose served in the U.S. Army from 2010 until 2014. He has repeatedly explained that his legislative priorities when he wins the seat again include passing legislation to decrease corruption and to improve infrastructure and commuting in Staten Island. Nicole Malliotakis became a known figure in New York City when she ran against incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio as a Republican nominee for Mayor in 2017. In January, Malliotakis was sworn in to her 5th term as a Member of the State Assembly. Throughout her terms she has fought to drain the swamp in Albany, sued the Port Authority to expose records that should be public, spoke out on former Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver’s corrupt ways, and has reined in the high taxes she believes are destroying the city and state of New York.

NY-11. Department of the Interior/7partparadigm via Wikimedia Commons.

Nicole Malliotakis. Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Both parties have a particular focus on this district due to the fact that it used to be a Republican district until Rose’s victory. This race is expected to be very competitive, given that New York’s 11th district was one of the 40 seats gained by Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee both offered their support to each of the candidates running for their parties. Further along those lines Rose was endorsed by former President Barack Obama and Malliotakis was endorsed by sitting President Donald Trump.

It is important to note that in the 2016 election, Donald Trump won New York’s 11th District against Hillary Clinton with a 54% vote compared to Clinton who only received a 44% vote. This makes New York’s 11th district highly competitive, being that it is one of the 30 House districts represented currently by a Democrat that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election.

Max Rose. House of Representatives via Wikimedia Commons.

During Rose’s time in office he has voted yes on both Articles of Impeachment against  president Donald Trump. Rose believes Trump should get impeached due to his “abuse of power by soliciting the interference of Ukraine in the 2020 U.S. presidential election,” and “for the obstruction of Congress by directing defiance of certain subpoenas issued by the House of Representative.” Rose has worked to increase access to healthcare in response to COVID-19, secured funding to address opioid addiction, and preserved toll discounts in his district. His stance on defunding the police in New York City has been pretty clear that he disagrees with current Mayor Bill de Blasio that it should be considered. And has called out his opponent Nicole Malliotakis for being dishonest. He charged that Malliotakis has changed her policy position during her 2020 campaign, that she mentioned that she did not serve her constituents’ interests during the coronavirus response, and that she personally stated she owned stocks in companies that manufacture opioids.

On October 14 at 7:00 p.m., New York 1 will be presenting the first televised general debate for New York’s 11th Congressional District with Max Rose and Nicole Malliotakis. This debate will help voters determine where each candidate stands on different issues that are important to people living in the 11th Congressional District. Since the Democratic primary, the Conservative Party, and Independent party elections were all canceled. This debate will allow their voters to really get a sense of what these two candidates represent.


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