The New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, which is firmly in the “progressive” camp of the state’s many labor unions, has issued a trio of Assembly endorsements – including a first-time nod for Staten Island Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

HTC political director Josh Gold said the assemblywoman, who is being challenged by Democrat John Mancuso this fall, has family ties to the union and also has made a point of voting on several priority HTC bills.

“The Hotel Trades Council is proud to endorse Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis for re-election,” Gold said. “As the daughter of a Trades Council member with over twenty years experience working in hotels, Nicole understands how to fight for our members and their families. We look forward to sending Nicole back to Albany.”

HTC doesn’t necessarily make a habit of endorsing Republicans, although it did recently back Brooklyn Sen. Marty Golden, who can certainly use all the individual union support he can get after losing the backing of the 2.5-million member AFL-CIO this week.

HTC also announced support for two Democrats:

–  Ron Kim, a former aide to Assemblyman-turned-NYC Councilman Mark Weprin who’s running for the seat being vacated by Assemblywoman/NY-6 congressional candidate Grace Meng. Kim has the support of the Queens Democratic Party and is currently an associate at the Parkside Group (a consulting/lobbying firm that also has close ties to the party).

To say that Kim has his work cut out for him in this race is something of an understatement. He’s one of seven candidates vying for Meng’s seat. (Five Democrats, two Republicans). One of his opponents, Yen Chou, just landed the endorsement of the powerful UFT, which, like HTC, is known for being able to deliver a lot of boots on the ground for its preferred candidates.

– Nily Rozic, chief of staff to Manhattan Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, who is running for the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Rory Lancman, who lost to Meng in the June 26 NY-6 primary and is declining to take advantage of a political calendar loophole that would enable him to seek re-election.

Rozic does not have the Queens Democratic Party’s support. That distinction belongs to Jerry Iannece. She does, however, have the backing of the Working Families Party – a frequent HTC ally – as well as the teamsters and several smaller unions. Also, there was a floor fight at the AFL-CIO this week that denied the federation’s nod to Iannece that had been recommended by the executive committee. Instead, the AFL-CIO went with “no endorsement” in this race.