The Daughter of Immigrants
Nicole’s father is from Greece and her mother is a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. Her parents came to New York in search of the American Dream, and through their hard work, they attained a modest living as owners of a small business in Brooklyn. Their dedication and entrepreneurial spirit instilled a sense of ambition in Nicole that has inspired her life in public service.
From her dogged determination to expose the corrupt practices of disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, taking the Port Authority to court over its lack of transparency and winning, to her battle to stop reckless MTA borrowing and Mayor de Blasio’s policy of harboring illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, Nicole has been “tireless” and “fearless” in her quest to protect the New York taxpayer from being “gouged” by tax and spend liberals.
The Product of Public Schools
A lifelong resident of New York City, Nicole attended P.S. 53, I.S. 24, and New Dorp High School. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a B.A. from Seton Hall University and an M.B.A. from Wagner College.
Recognition and Awards
In 2013, Nicole was named one of the American Conservative Union’s “Top 10 Under 40” and addressed the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). She was also named a “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by City & State, one of the Hispanic Coalition of New York’s “40 under 40” Latino Rising Stars, one of MSNBC’s “Young Conservatives To Watch,” and received special recognition at the 2011 Women of Achievement Awards by the Staten Island Advance. Additionally, Nicole was named to National Herald’s ’40 under 40,” the Greek America Foundation’s “40 under 40,” and received the “Award of Gratitude” by the Order of AHEPA for her contributions to the Hellenic community.