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}}{{tnr}}'''Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[New York State Assembly]], representing District 54 since winning a [[State legislative special elections, 2011#September 13, 2011|September 13, 2011 special election]]. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when [[Darryl Towns]] (D) resigned from the Assembly to become the New York State HCR Commissioner.<ref>[http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/news/2011-05-05/Front_Page/Assemblywoman_Pheffers_New_Gig.html ''Times Newsweekly.com,'' Assemblywoman Pheffer's New Gig, accessed June 2, 2011]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[New York State Assembly]], representing District 54. He was first elected into the chamber when he won a special election in September 2011.  
  
Rafael Espinal is a graduate of Queens College and worked as a Chief of Staff for New York City Council Member Erik Martin Dilan. Prior to working for Dilan, he worked as a community liaison for Council Member Dilan and an adult literacy teacher for St. Rita's Church Adult Literacy/GED Program.<ref>[http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rafael-l-espinal/11/442/414 Rafael Espinal, LinkedIn Profile, accessed September 9, 2011]</ref>
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==Biography==
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Espinal earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Queens College.  His professional experience includes working as a Chief of Staff for New York City Council Member Erik Martin Dilan, serving as a community liaison for Council Member Dilan, and working as an adult literacy teacher for St. Rita's Church Adult Literacy/GED Program.<ref>[http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rafael-l-espinal/11/442/414 Rafael Espinal, LinkedIn Profile, accessed September 9, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Issues==
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===Campaign themes===
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====2011====
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Espinal's [http://friendsofespinal.com/platform.html campaign site] highlighted the following policy goals and campaign themes:
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*'''Education:''' "Rafael is looking to bring more adult literacy and GED programs back into the district to empower our community. Neighborhood residents will receive the tools needed to capitalize on opportunities and better paying jobs. Rafael will also look to find ways to implement more arts programs into our public schools."
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*'''Affordable Rental Housing and Increased Home Ownership:''' "He will work with community based organizations and local elected officials to further expand affordable housing services... Property taxes create an environment that is unfair to both owners and tenants. When in Albany, he will look to vote on legislation to put a tax cap on property taxes across the city."
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*'''Health Care:''' "As our next Assembly representative, Rafael will work to enforce and expand on the Medical Redesign Team's recommendations, and find community based solutions to health care needs."
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*'''Green Community:''' "Rafael Espinal is committed to spearheading the fight for groundbreaking programs that would reduce energy bills for homeowners, reduce our carbon footprints and create green jobs for families in our community..."
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*'''Fiscal Responsibility:''' "Wasteful spending on useless projects that serve the interests of lobbyists and self-serving politicians should be eliminated. This will ensure adequate funding for our primary necessities such as education, transportation, health care and cultural institutions."
  
 
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====Endorsements====
 
*32BJ/SEIU<ref>[http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/08/32bjseiu-endorses-for-state-senate-assembly ''New York Daily News,'' "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012]</ref>
 
  
 
===2011===
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[State legislative special elections, 2011]]
 
:: ''See also: [[State legislative special elections, 2011]]
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The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when [[Darryl Towns]] (D) resigned from the Assembly to become the New York State HCR Commissioner.<ref>[http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/news/2011-05-05/Front_Page/Assemblywoman_Pheffers_New_Gig.html ''Times Newsweekly.com,'' Assemblywoman Pheffer's New Gig, accessed June 2, 2011]</ref>
  
 
Espinal defeated [[Jesus Gonzalez]] (WFP) and [[Deidra Towns]] (Community First) in the '''September 13, 2011''' special election. Espinal also ran on the Republican, Conservative, and United We Can Party tickets.<ref name = "APNY">[http://online.wsj.com/article/AP5a063b2ad2ca44fbb67086a40dea8358.html ''Wall Street Journal,'' "6 of 6 Dems capture NY Assembly special elections," September 13, 2011]</ref>
 
Espinal defeated [[Jesus Gonzalez]] (WFP) and [[Deidra Towns]] (Community First) in the '''September 13, 2011''' special election. Espinal also ran on the Republican, Conservative, and United We Can Party tickets.<ref name = "APNY">[http://online.wsj.com/article/AP5a063b2ad2ca44fbb67086a40dea8358.html ''Wall Street Journal,'' "6 of 6 Dems capture NY Assembly special elections," September 13, 2011]</ref>
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==Issues==
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==Endorsements==
 
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===2012===
===Campaign themes===
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In 2012, Espinal’s endorsements included the following:
 
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*32BJ/SEIU<ref>[http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/08/32bjseiu-endorses-for-state-senate-assembly ''New York Daily News,'' "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012]</ref>
Espinal's [http://friendsofespinal.com/platform.html campaign site] details his policy goals and campaign themes:
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*'''Education:''' "Rafael is looking to bring more adult literacy and GED programs back into the district to empower our community. Neighborhood residents will receive the tools needed to capitalize on opportunities and better paying jobs. Rafael will also look to find ways to implement more arts programs into our public schools."
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*'''Affordable Rental Housing and Increased Home Ownership:''' "He will work with community based organizations and local elected officials to further expand affordable housing services... Property taxes create an environment that is unfair to both owners and tenants. When in Albany, he will look to vote on legislation to put a tax cap on property taxes across the city."
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*'''Health Care:''' "As our next Assembly representative, Rafael will work to enforce and expand on the Medical Redesign Team's recommendations, and find community based solutions to health care needs."
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*'''Green Community:''' "Rafael Espinal is committed to spearheading the fight for groundbreaking programs that would reduce energy bills for homeowners, reduce our carbon footprints and create green jobs for families in our community..."
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*'''Fiscal Responsibility:''' "Wasteful spending on useless projects that serve the interests of lobbyists and self-serving politicians should be eliminated. This will ensure adequate funding for our primary necessities such as education, transportation, health care and cultural institutions."
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==Contact==
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'''Address:'''
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Friends of Espinal
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PO BOX 80439
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Brooklyn, NY 11208
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'''Email:''' Friendsofespinal@gmail.com
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==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "'''Rafael + Espinal + New York + Assembly'''"
 
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "'''Rafael + Espinal + New York + Assembly'''"
 
:''All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.''
 
:''All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.''
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://friendsofespinal.com/ Rafael Espinal, Campaign Site]
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*[http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Rafael-L-Espinal-Jr New York Assembly- Rep. Espinal]]
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*[http://votesmart.org/candidate/135256/rafael-espinal-jr#.Udyhs1Ohvt4 Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/135256/rafael-espinal-jr#.UdyhuVOhvt4 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rafael-l-espinal/11/442/414 Rafael Espinal, LinkedIn Profile]
 
*[http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rafael-l-espinal/11/442/414 Rafael Espinal, LinkedIn Profile]
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rafael-Espinal-For-NYS-Assembly/198313956887765?sk=info Rafael Espinal, Facebook Page]
 
 
*[http://empire.wnyc.org/2011/08/im-a-grassroots-kid-rafael-espinal-vito-lopez-and-the-special-election-in-brooklyns-54th-assembly-district/ ''The Empire,'' "'I’m a grassroots kid': Rafael Espinal, Vito Lopez, and the special election in Brooklyn’s 54th Assembly District," August 12, 2011]
 
*[http://empire.wnyc.org/2011/08/im-a-grassroots-kid-rafael-espinal-vito-lopez-and-the-special-election-in-brooklyns-54th-assembly-district/ ''The Empire,'' "'I’m a grassroots kid': Rafael Espinal, Vito Lopez, and the special election in Brooklyn’s 54th Assembly District," August 12, 2011]
 
*[http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/albany/20110824/205/3591 ''Gotham Gazette,'' "Three Candidates Vie in a Special Special Election," August 24, 2011]
 
*[http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/albany/20110824/205/3591 ''Gotham Gazette,'' "Three Candidates Vie in a Special Special Election," August 24, 2011]

Revision as of 19:00, 9 July 2013

Rafael Espinal
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New York State Assembly District 54
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 54. He was first elected into the chamber when he won a special election in September 2011.

Biography

Espinal earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Queens College. His professional experience includes working as a Chief of Staff for New York City Council Member Erik Martin Dilan, serving as a community liaison for Council Member Dilan, and working as an adult literacy teacher for St. Rita's Church Adult Literacy/GED Program.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Espinal served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Cities
Insurance
Racing and Wagering
Real Property Taxation
Small Business
Social Services

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Espinal's campaign site highlighted the following policy goals and campaign themes:

  • Education: "Rafael is looking to bring more adult literacy and GED programs back into the district to empower our community. Neighborhood residents will receive the tools needed to capitalize on opportunities and better paying jobs. Rafael will also look to find ways to implement more arts programs into our public schools."
  • Affordable Rental Housing and Increased Home Ownership: "He will work with community based organizations and local elected officials to further expand affordable housing services... Property taxes create an environment that is unfair to both owners and tenants. When in Albany, he will look to vote on legislation to put a tax cap on property taxes across the city."
  • Health Care: "As our next Assembly representative, Rafael will work to enforce and expand on the Medical Redesign Team's recommendations, and find community based solutions to health care needs."
  • Green Community: "Rafael Espinal is committed to spearheading the fight for groundbreaking programs that would reduce energy bills for homeowners, reduce our carbon footprints and create green jobs for families in our community..."
  • Fiscal Responsibility: "Wasteful spending on useless projects that serve the interests of lobbyists and self-serving politicians should be eliminated. This will ensure adequate funding for our primary necessities such as education, transportation, health care and cultural institutions."

Elections

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Espinal ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 54. He defeated Juan C. Rodriguez in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party ticket. He defeated Khorshed A. Chowdhury in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [2][3]

New York State Assembly, District 54, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRafael Espinal Incumbent 96.6% 24,242
     Republican Khorshed A. Chowdhury 3.4% 858
Total Votes 25,100
New York State Assembly, District 54 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRafael Espinal Incumbent 66.1% 2,245
Juan Rodriguez 33.9% 1,152
Total Votes 3,397

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Darryl Towns (D) resigned from the Assembly to become the New York State HCR Commissioner.[4]

Espinal defeated Jesus Gonzalez (WFP) and Deidra Towns (Community First) in the September 13, 2011 special election. Espinal also ran on the Republican, Conservative, and United We Can Party tickets.[5]

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Espinal’s endorsements included the following:

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Preceded by
Darryl Towns
New York Assembly District 54
2011–present
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