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}}{{tnr}}'''Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.''' is a former [[Democratic]] member of the [[New York State Assembly]], representing [[New York State Assembly District 54|District 54]] from September 13, 2011 to December 31, 2013. Espinal resigned to represent District 37 in the New York City Council.<ref>[http://council.nyc.gov/d37/html/members/home.shtml ''council.nyc.gov,'' "District 37," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref>
{{tnr}}'''Rafael Espinal''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[New York State Assembly]].  He has represented District 54 since 2011.  He was first elected in the [[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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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 his 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>
  
==Elections==
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==Committee assignments==
===2011===
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===2013-2014===
:: ''See also: [[State legislative special elections, 2011]]
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Espinal served on the following committees:
  
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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{{Committee Assignments
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|year = 2013
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|Chamber = State Assembly
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|Committee1 = Cities
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|Committee2 = Insurance
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|Committee3 = Racing and Wagering
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|Committee4 = Real Property Taxation
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|Committee5 = Small Business
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|Committee6 = Social Services
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}}
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
 
 
===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
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====2011====
  
Espinal's [http://friendsofespinal.com/platform.html campaign site] details his policy goals and campaign themes:
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Espinal's [http://friendsofespinal.com/platform.html 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."
 
*'''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."
 
*'''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."
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*'''Healthcare:''' "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..."
 
*'''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."
 
*'''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."
  
==Contact==
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==Elections==
'''Address:'''
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===2012===
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:: ''See also: [[New York State Assembly elections, 2012]]''
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Espinal ran in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[New York State Assembly elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/elections/2012/Primary/CandidateList09132012PrimaryCandidatesAll.pdf ''State of New York, State Board of Elections'', "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/elections/2012/Primary/2012PrimaryResultsSept.pdf ''State of New York, State Board of Elections'', "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/elections/2012/General/AD_04-09-2013.pdf ''State of New York, State Board of Elections'', "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014]</ref>
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===2011===
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:: ''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>
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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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|org1 = New York State Trial Lawyers
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|org3 = Plumbing Foundation of City of New York
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==Scorecards==
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==Endorsements==
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===2012===
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In 2012, Espinal’s endorsements included the following:<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>
  
'''Email:''' Friendsofespinal@gmail.com
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*32BJ/SEIU
  
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==Recent news==
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==External links==
 
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*[http://friendsofespinal.com/ Rafael Espinal, Campaign Site]
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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]
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*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=154616 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134528 2011]
  
 
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Rafael Espinal
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New York State Assembly District 54
Former Member
In office
2011 - December 31, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sQueens College
CandidateVerification
Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. is a former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 54 from September 13, 2011 to December 31, 2013. Espinal resigned to represent District 37 in the New York City Council.[1]

Biography

Espinal earned his 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.[2]

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."
  • Healthcare: "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.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rafael Espinal is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Rafael Espinal raised a total of $194,332 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[8]

Rafael Espinal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 54 Won $127,635
2011 New York State Assembly special elections, District 54 Won $66,697
Grand Total Raised $194,332

2012

Rafael Espinal won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Rafael Espinal raised a total of $127,635.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rafael Espinal's campaign in 2012
New York State Trial Lawyers$5,200
Friends of Mike Gianaris$4,300
Plumbing Foundation of City of New York$4,100
Green Star Builders$4,100
Wartski, Jay$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$127,635
Source:Follow the Money

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[9]

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2011-2012

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Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Espinal’s endorsements included the following:[10]

  • 32BJ/SEIU

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Preceded by
Darryl Towns
New York Assembly District 54
2011–December 31, 2013
Succeeded by
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