Rafael Espinal

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Rafael Espinal
New York State Assembly District 54
Former Member
In office
2011 - December 31, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sQueens College
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]


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


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

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


Campaign themes


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."



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]

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


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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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


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.



In 2012, Espinal’s endorsements included the following:

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