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}}{{tnr}}'''Rafael Espinal''' 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 Espinal''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[New York, New York|New York]] City Council, representing District 37. He was elected to the council in 2013.
  
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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Espinal was previously a [[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. <ref name="bio">[http://council.nyc.gov/d37/html/members/home.shtml ''New York City Council'', "Espinal," accessed on January 21, 2015]</ref>
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==Biography==
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Espinal earned his B.A. 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 ''LinkedIn.com'', "Profile of Rafael Espinal," accessed September 9, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===2013-2014===
 
===2013-2014===
 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Espinal served on the following committees:
 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Espinal served on the following committees:
 
 
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==Issues==
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===Campaign themes===
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====2011====
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Espinal's campaign site highlighted the following policy goals and campaign themes:<ref>[https://archive.today/LqeWS ''Official campaign website'', "Platform," accessed December 24, 2014](Archived)</ref>
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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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*'''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."
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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."
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''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>
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:8080/reports/rwservlet?cmdkey=whofiled ''State of New York, State Board of Elections'', Candidate Petition List, retrieved August 15, 2012.]</ref><ref>[http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/elections/local/results?g=nyAssembly&state=NY ''ABC News,'' "New York unofficial 2012 primary election results," accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
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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]]
 
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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 June2, 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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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>
  
 
==Campaign donors==
 
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===2012===
 
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==Issues==
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{{New York legislature scorecards|Begin=2011|End=2013}}
  
===Campaign themes===
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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>
  
Espinal's [http://friendsofespinal.com/platform.html campaign site] details his policy goals and campaign themes:
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*32BJ/SEIU
  
*'''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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==Recent news==
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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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==See also==
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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."
 
 
*'''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."
 
 
==Contact==
 
'''Address:'''
 
 
Friends of Espinal
 
 
PO BOX 80439
 
 
Brooklyn, NY 11208
 
 
'''Email:''' Friendsofespinal@gmail.com
 
 
==Recent news==
 
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.''
 
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==External links==
 
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*[http://council.nyc.gov/d37/html/members/home.shtml Profile from the New York City Council website]
*[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]
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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]
*[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]
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*[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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Rafael Espinal
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New York City Council
District 37
Incumbent
In office
2014 - Present
Term ends
2018
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last election2013
First elected2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly District 54
2011 - 2013
Education
Bachelor'sQueens College
Websites
Office website
Rafael Espinal is a Democratic member of the New York City Council, representing District 37. He was elected to the council in 2013.

Espinal was previously a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 54 from September 13, 2011, to December 31, 2013. [1]

Biography

Espinal earned his B.A. 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:[3]

  • 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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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

Scorecards

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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.[10]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Espinal’s endorsements included the following:[11]

  • 32BJ/SEIU

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Rafael + Espinal + New + York"

All stories may not be relevant due to the nature of the search engine.

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See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
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New York City Council, District 37
2014 – Present
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Preceded by
Darryl Towns (D)
New York Assembly District 54
2011–December 31, 2013
Succeeded by
Erik Dilan (D)