Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. was elected to the New York City Council in 2013, as the representative for District 37.
A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, Rafael L. Espinal Jr. is the Council Member for the 37th district, proudly serving the diverse communities of Bushwick, Brownsville, Cypress Hills, and East New York. Council Member Espinal is Chair of the Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs, where he has overseen the implementation of NYC’s successful Paid Sick Leave Law, passed consumer protections for women, seniors, and immigrants, and continues to fight for a more fair and vibrant marketplace in NYC.
Born in Bedford Stuyvesant to Dominican immigrants, Rafael was the third of six children and attended public schools in East New York. Growing up in a working class family-- with both of his parents being union workers-- has instilled in Rafael a dedication to securing good paying jobs for all.
His commitment to service, especially in low income communities, has guided Rafael’s career. At 23, Rafael taught adult literacy and GED courses in the neighborhoods he now represents. Committed to securing resources for his community, he began working for NYC Councilman Erik Martin Dilan.
In 2010 at the age of 26, Rafael Espinal stepped up to the opportunity of serving as a NYS Assembly Member. In the Assembly Rafael passed 4 bills, fought for health care, immigration reform, and fiscal issues, and put pressure on city and state agencies to provide services the district needed and deserved. He was recognized as one of "New York City’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars" by City & State magazine.
Then in 2014 at the age of 29, Rafael Espinal was sworn in as the Council Member for the 37th District in Brooklyn. While in the Council, Rafael has continued to fight to ensure that his constituents receive all of the benefits New York City has to offer, and has been an advocate for those who are less fortunate by striving for equal opportunities for all.
Cypress Hills, Bushwick, City Line, Ocean Hill, Brownsville, East New York
- Committee on Health
- Committee on Consumer Affairs (Chair)
- Committee on Housing and Buildings
- Committee on Immigration
- Committee on Public Safety
- Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Elections
- Committee on State and Federal Legislation