Adriano Espaillat

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Adriano Espaillat
Adriano Espaillat.png
New York Senate District 31
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
Bachelor'sQueens College
OtherNew York University
Place of birthDominican Republic
Office website
Campaign website
Adriano Espaillat is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Espaillat is considering a run for New York's 13th congressional district in 2014.[1]

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 earned a BS in political science from Queens College, and was also in postgraduate studies in public administration from New York University Leadership for Urban Executive Institute.[2] His professional experience includes working as 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.

Committee assignments


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:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Espaillat served on these Assembly committees:



See also: New York's 13th congressional district elections, 2014

Espaillat is considering a run for New York's 13th congressional district in 2014.[1]


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. [3][4]

New York State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdriano Espaillat Incumbent 91.2% 84,944
     Republican Martin Chicon 8.8% 8,184
Total Votes 93,128
New York State Senate, District 31 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdriano Espaillat Incumbent 61.7% 11,138
Guillermo Linares 38.3% 6,927
Total Votes 18,065

U.S. House

See also: New York's 13th congressional district elections, 2012

Espaillat ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 13th District.

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.[5]

U.S. House, New York District 13 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles B. Rangel Incumbent 43.9% 16,916
Adriano Espaillat 41.3% 15,884
Clyde Williams 10.3% 3,974
Joyce Johnson 3.1% 1,187
Craig Schley 1.4% 545
Total Votes 38,506
Ballot contest

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 the 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.[6][7]

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.[8]

As of July 2, Rangel's lead had shrunk to 802 votes.[9] By July 3, Espaillat had filed court documents calling for a recount and possibly a new election.[10] The city Board of Elections had yet to finish counting all of the paper votes.[11]

On Friday, July 6, ballot counts showed Rangel with about a 1,000-vote lead.[12] Espaillat was scheduled to make a case in court on July 11,[13] saying that some ballots for him were incorrectly thrown out, or request a new election altogether.[12] 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.[12]

On Saturday, July 7, the city Board of Elections finished counting all of the ballots, and Rangel beat Espaillat by 990 votes.[14] 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.[14][13] 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."[7]

On July 9, Espaillat conceded the race.[6] 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."[6] He and other still had doubts about the Board of Elections' handling of the primary,[7] but he is leaving further presses to advocacy groups.[6]


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.[15] Espaillat also ran as a member of the Working Families parties.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 31 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png 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.[16]

New York State Assembly, District 72 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Adriano Espaillat (D) 26,712
William Buran (R) 1,661

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Listed below are the largest contributors to Espaillat's 2010 campaign.[17]


In 2008, a year in which Espaillat was up for re-election, he collected $279,255 in donations.[18]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
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



In 2012, Espaillat’s endorsements included the following:


Espaillat is married and has two children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Politicker "David Paterson hints at congressional campaign" Accessed May 15, 2013
  2. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Espaillat
  3. State of New York, State Board of Elections, Candidate Petition List, retrieved August 15, 2012.
  4. ABC News, "New York unofficial 2012 primary election results," accessed September 13, 2012
  5. Politico "5 incumbents facing primary fight," May 3, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 New York Times "Rangel’s Opponent Gives Up And Will Halt Court Challenge," July 9, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Politicker "Adriano Espaillat Won’t Be Giving That Apology to The Board of Elections," July 10, 2012
  8. Politico "Rangel results still unsettled," June 28, 2012
  9. Chicago Tribune "Rangel rival challenges primary results," July 2, 2012
  10. Wall Street Journal "Espaillat seeks recount or new NY primary election," July 3, 2012
  11. 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
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Wall Street Journal "Rangel Adds To Vote Edge in New Count," July 6, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times "Rangel’s Slim Lead Widens as Ballot Count Continues," July 5, 2012
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named wsj7
  15. New York Times NY state legislative election results
  16. Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in New York
  17. Follow the Money "Espaillat's 2010 Campaign contributions
  18. 2008 contributions to Adriano Espaillat
  19. New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
  20. Politicker "Vince Morgan to End Congressional Bid and Endorse Espaillat," April 10, 2012
  21. Columbia Spectator "Morgan withdraws from race for Rangel's Congress seat, endorses Espaillat," April 10, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Schneiderman (D)
New York Senate - District 31
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New York Assembly District 72
Succeeded by
Guillermo Linares (D)