Rafael Espinal

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Rafael Espinal
New York State Assembly District 54
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$61/half day and $171/full day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
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 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.[1]

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.[2]



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Espinal is running in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 54. He is running against Juan C. Rodriguez in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He is also running on the Conservative Party ticket. Khorshed A. Chowdhury is running unopposed in the Republican primary. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012. [3]



See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

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 themes

Espinal's campaign site details his 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."



Friends of Espinal

PO BOX 80439

Brooklyn, NY 11208

Email: Friendsofespinal@gmail.com

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Preceded by
Darryl Towns
New York Assembly - District 54
Succeeded by