Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis has won informal backing of Brooklyn Republicans following an “informal meeting” of its leaders to succeed disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm, Chairman Craig Eaton on Thursday announced.

Malliotakis, a Staten Island lawmaker, is considered a rising star in the Republican Party. Last year, she was believed to be on the short list of candidates to run with Rob Astorino as his preferred candidate for lieutenant candidate.

“Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis has served the people of Brooklyn with distinction for the past four years,” Eaton said in a statement. “She is a champion for our neighborhoods and our ideals.”

Still, Brooklyn doesn’t have as much power in selecting who the nominee of the Republican Party will be in a yet-to-be-declared special election.

Eaton, in his statement, indicated the Brooklyn GOP wanted a convention of county committee members before making a formal decision.

“My committee and I have determined that it is in the best interest of the Constituents of the 11th Congressional District to wait until the Governor calls an election and at that time we will schedule a convention of the county committee members of the 11th Congressional District in Brooklyn, and invite all interested candidates to attend and speak to those attending,” Eaton said. “I will then bind myself to their vote and deliver same at my meeting with Chairman Antoniello at the lawfully appointed time.”

Also in the mix for the 11th congressional district is Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, though Republicans nationally have expressed unease with having a figure from Eric Garner case run in what will be a prominently watched election.

Grimm, a Republican, resigned his seat last month following a guilty plea on a single charge of federal tax evasion.

Both Malliotakis and Donovan have met this week with the National Republican Campaign Committee about running for the Grimm seat.