“New York is a very fast-paced city that requires good mental and physical health habits in order to live your best life possible. Initiatives like Healthy NYC and events like the Healthy NYC Expo are vital to achieving this goal and I’m excited to be a part of such a positive movement for the city that I call home.”
– Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr.
Elected to the New York City Council in 2013, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. is a staunch representative for District 37, which includes 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 acitywide plan for urban agriculture, introduced legislation to expand green and solar roofs and by calling on the MTA to use zero-emission electric vehicles. Most recently, he launched a citywide campaign to ban plastic straws in NYC establishments, with certain exceptions, to tackle our global plastic recycling problem.
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