|New York Senate District 31|
|2011 - present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|Per diem||$171/full day; $61/half day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Other||New York University|
|Place of birth||Dominican Republic|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 External links
- 8 References
In April 2012 Espaillat announced that he would challenge incumbent Charles Rangel (D) for a seat in the U.S. House in 2012. The primary took place on June 26, 2012. According to Politico, Espaillat posed a serious threat to the incumbent in the Democratic primary. After a drawn-out ballot battle, Espaillat conceded the race two weeks after the primary.
Espaillat represented District 72 in the New York State Assembly from 1997-2010. Espaillat's other political experiences include present involvement as vice-chair of the New York County Democratic Committee; majority conference vice-chair for the New York State Assembly; district leader for New York County Democratic Committee, 72nd District Part A; and the executive board for Community Planning Board 12.
Espaillat's professional experiences include Manhattan court services coordinator for New York City Criminal Justice Agency; director of Washington Heights Victim Services Community Office; and director of Project Right Start.
Espaillat earned a BS in political science from Queens College. He was also in postgraduate studies in public administration from New York University Leadership for Urban Executive Institute. He is married and has two children.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Espaillat served on the following committees:
|New York Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Environmental Conservation|
|• Higher Education|
|• Housing, Construction and Community Development|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Espaillat served on these committees:
|New York Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business|
|• Environmental Conservation|
|• Housing, Construction, and Community Development|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Espaillat served on these Assembly committees:
|New York Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Alcoholism and Drug Abuse|
|• Corporations, Authorities and Commissions|
|• Environmental Conservation|
|• Veterans' Affairs|
|• Ways and Means|
NY State Senate
- See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012
Espaillat ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 31. He defeated incumbent Guillermo Linares in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012 and defeated Martin Chicon (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. 
|New York State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Adriano Espaillat Incumbent||91.2%||84,944|
|New York State Senate, District 31 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Adriano Espaillat Incumbent||61.7%||11,138|
Politico listed Charles Rangel as vulnerable in the primary. Espaillat was seen as having a serious shot at unseating the 21-term incumbent. While Rangel successfully warded off serious challengers -- and ethics controversies -- to win in 2010, redistricting for 2012 shifted the demographics of Rangel's district to include more hispanic voters, which could have benefited Dominican-American Espaillat.
While Charlie Rangel declared victory on election night with a 6.6 percentage-point lead, his lead shrunk over the next few days as results continued to trickle in. Espaillat took back his concession and prepared to challenge the final count in court. After that final count was completed on July 7, Espaillat conceded the election for good on July 9, although he and others continue to question the Board of Elections' actions.
As of Thursday, June 28, 2012, 94% of precincts had reported, and Charlie Rangel's lead in the Democratic primary had shrunk from 6.6 percentage points on election night to 3 percentage points. Espaillat was just over 1,000 votes behind Rangel.
As of July 2, Rangel's lead had shrunk to 802 votes. By July 3, Espaillat had filed court documents calling for a recount and possibly a new election. The city Board of Elections had yet to finish counting all of the paper votes.
On Friday, July 6, ballot counts showed Rangel with about a 1,000-vote lead. Espaillat was scheduled to make a case in court on July 11, saying that some ballots for him were incorrectly thrown out, or request a new election altogether. Espaillat also faced pressure to choose between pursuing the 13th district race or filing for re-election to his New York State Senate seat on July 12, since New York state law forbids politicians from running for two offices simultaneously.
On Saturday, July 7, the city Board of Elections finished counting all of the ballots, and Rangel beat Espaillat by 990 votes. The results were not yet official, as a judge delayed certification until Espaillat could make his legal case on July 11. Espaillat planned to argue that some voters were unfairly disenfranchised. In a press statement, Espaillat said: "A ballooned number of affidavit ballots and hundreds of calls of people that said they were turned away because they said they couldn’t find them in the books? ... No notification for a voter that there was an election. All these things amounted to a big red flag."
On July 9, Espaillat conceded the race. He opted not to make his case in court, saying "[W]e came up short — 2 percent... It’s virtually impossible for the results to be different." He and other still had doubts about the Board of Elections' handling of the primary, but he is leaving further presses to advocacy groups.
- See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010
Espaillat won election to the New York State Senate, District 31. Espaillat defeated three opponents in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated by Stylo Sapaskis (R), Raphael Klapper (C), and Ann Roos (G) in the general election. Espaillat also ran as a member of the Working Families parties.
|New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 31 (2010)|
|Adriano Espaillat (D)||50,007|
|Stylo Sapaskis (R)||6,388|
|Ann Roos (G)||2,158|
|Raphael Klapper (Conservative)||964|
On November 4, 2008 Espaillat won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 72, defeating opponent William Buran (R).
Espaillat raised $279,255 for his campaign while Buran raised $6,455.
|New York State Assembly, District 72 2008|
|Adriano Espaillat (D)||26,712|
|William Buran (R)||1,661|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
Listed below are the largest contributors to Espaillat's 2010 campaign.
|New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Adriano Espaillat's campaign in 2010|
|New York State Trial Lawyers||$14,700|
|New York Dental Association||$6,500|
|Empire Ental Pac||$6,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$494,533|
In 2008, a year in which Espaillat was up for re-election, he collected $279,255 in donations.
The major contributors were:
|New York State United Teachers||$7,100|
|New York State Trial Lawyers||$6,600|
|Service Employees Local 32B-32J||$4,000|
|11 individual donations each of:||$3,800|
Espaillat is married and has two children.
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- Adriano Espaillat for Congress campaign website
- Facebook campaign page
- Senate website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Politicker "David Paterson hints at congressional campaign" Accessed May 15, 2013
- New Jersey Herald "NY Sen. Espaillat announces run against Rangel," April 3, 2012
- Politico "5 incumbents facing primary fight," May 3, 2012
- New York Times "Rangel’s Opponent Gives Up And Will Halt Court Challenge," July 9, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Espaillat
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, Candidate Petition List, retrieved August 15, 2012.
- ABC News, "New York unofficial 2012 primary election results," accessed September 13, 2012
- New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
- Politicker "Adriano Espaillat Won’t Be Giving That Apology to The Board of Elections," July 10, 2012
- Politico "Rangel results still unsettled," June 28, 2012
- Chicago Tribune "Rangel rival challenges primary results," July 2, 2012
- Wall Street Journal "Espaillat seeks recount or new NY primary election," July 3, 2012
- New York Daily News "Adriano Espaillat vs. Charlie Rangel showdown: Espaillat's lawyer accuses Board of Elections of stonewalling in ballot challenge," July 3, 2012
- Wall Street Journal "Rangel Adds To Vote Edge in New Count," July 6, 2012
- New York Times "Rangel’s Slim Lead Widens as Ballot Count Continues," July 5, 2012
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- Politicker "Vince Morgan to End Congressional Bid and Endorse Espaillat," April 10, 2012
- Columbia Spectator "Morgan withdraws from race for Rangel's Congress seat, endorses Espaillat," April 10, 2012
- New York Times NY state legislative election results
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in New York
- Follow the Money "Espaillat's 2010 Campaign contributions
- 2008 contributions to Adriano Espaillat
Eric Schneiderman (D)
|New York Senate - District 31
| Succeeded by|
|New York Assembly District 72
| Succeeded by|
Guillermo Linares (D)
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