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 and Business Licensing, 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.
Most recently Council Member Espinal has championed the effort to repeal NYC’s antiquated cabaret law and create an Office of Nightlife that will: protect businesses that are often saddled with heavy fines, support local communities and quality of life in every neighborhood, and preserve NYC’s iconic cultural scene. Rafael has also led initiatives to inspire green and sustainable solutions in NYC, having sponsored legislation with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to create a citywide plan for urban agriculture, introduced legislation to expand green and solar roofs and by calling on the MTA to use zero-emission electric vehicles.