Adriano Espaillat's News items

Harvesting Hope: Farmworkers Deserve Equal Labor Rights

The Daily News applauds the Senate Labor Committee for voting to advance the Farmworkers Bill of Rights, which is sponsored by Senator Espaillat.

May 12, 2014

Senators Espaillat and Peralta Advocate for State Dream Act

Senators Espaillat and Peralta drafted a letter to Governor Cuomo asking him to prioritize the DREAM Act in his State of the State speech on Jan. 8, which is “a defining expression of principles and values.”

December 26, 2013

Hearings Sought in New York on George Washington Bridge Lane Closures

Recent news that Port Authority officials may have inappropriately acted to close off local lanes on the George Washington Bridge, under false pretenses and for political purposes, has alarmed communities on both sides of the Hudson River. In a letter to New Jersey state legislators, Senator Espaillat calls for an investigation

November 27, 2013

State-Of-The-Art ATTAIN Lab Opens in Washington Heights

 Through the offices of New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, SUNY has partnered with the Armory Foundation to place an ATTAIN (Advanced Technology Training And Information Networking) Lab at the 168th Street Armory. The State University of New York University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (SUNY UCAWD) promotes the social and economic well-being of academically and economically disadvantaged residents of New York State by developing and offering tuition-free, quality adult education and workforce training programs and services. 

September 24, 2013

Undocumented immigrants left homeless by uptown fire are ineligible for relocation help from the city

By Albor Ruiz/ NY Daily News

The fire raging just steps from City College was huge and damaging, and took 200 firefighters many long hours to bring it under control. No one died, but it wreaked havoc in the lives of dozens of families.

August 27, 2013

NY Presbyterian hiking rents on blue-collar workers.

By Simone Weichselbaum/NY DAILY NEWS

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center is hiking rents in subsidized housing it provides to blue collar workers in an effort to squeeze them out, residents say.

Scores of maintenance men, security guards and other lower-wage employees pay under $1,000 a month to live in apartments on tree-lined streets near the Broadway facility while rent for new residents is at market rates nearly twice as high.

August 27, 2013

Amsterdam News Op/Ed: High stakes injustice - How the current specialized H.S. test fails minority students


May 29, 2013

NY Daily News: 500 students expected to take part in second Uptown Games at New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory

By Jheanel Walters/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

More than 500 children will put their best foot forward this Saturday at the Armory, where they’ll do their most sincere imitations of Olympians in this year’s installment of the Uptown Games.

March 25, 2013

CBS News: Sen. Espaillat and Elected officials help to provide housing to Octavio Estevez

NYC Father in need of life-saving kidney transplant gets new home

By Alex Silverman

Friday, December 24, 2011


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Just days ago, he was pleading for his life on the steps of City Hall. Now on Christmas eve, Octavio Estevez and his family have a place to live and a chance at a future together.

Estevez is in need of a kidney transplant and had to leave his job because of his health. Because he couldn’t afford his rent, he and family have been living in a shelter.

Without a permanent home, hospitals have said they can’t perform the kidney transplant surgery Estevez needs to stay alive.

But now, that’s all changed.

December 27, 2011

Manhattan Times: Sen. Espaillat and elected officials help Octavio Estevez recieve housing one day before Christmas, hopefully saving a life

A Christmas Miracle

By Sandra García 

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

Christmas came a day early for Octavio Estevez.

Estevez, 54, in the terminal stages of renal disease, is in dire need of a kidney.

For the last week, and long before, Estevez’s life has taken a series of dramatic, and sometimes harrowing, turns.

But this past Sat., Dec. 24th, on “Nochebuena,” or Christmas Eve, Estevez, who’d been living with his family in a Bronx shelter for months, received keys to a new apartment in Washington Heights – keys which may very well save his life.

December 27, 2011

NY1 News: Senator Espaillat leads End to End for 99% march in support of Occupy Wall Street

Minority Labor Leaders March 11 Miles For "99 Percent"

In a show of solidarity for the Occupy Wall Street movement, minority and labor leaders led hundreds of New Yorkers in an 11-mile march from Washington Heights to Zuccotti Park on Monday.

The march began around 10:45 a.m. at 181st Street in Washington Heights and ended right before 5 p.m. at Zuccotti Park, where protesters have been camped for nearly eight weeks.

Led by community leaders, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Manhattan Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, other elected officials and grassroots organizers, the march protested how the state's so-called "millionaires tax" is set to expire at the end of the year.

November 22, 2011

All Media NY : Senator Espaillat Speaks out against firing of 700 Student aid workers

700 Student Aid Workers to be Laid Off

7 Oct 2011 10:13 AM EST

-by Molly C. Braswell

New York Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez spoke out at Thursday’s press conference to protest the firing of public school aids in the less economically profitable regions of New York City.

October 27, 2011

El Diario - Exigen evitar los despidos de empleados de escuelas

NUEVA YORK — El despido de cerca de cientos de trabajadores de escuelas afectará desproporcionalmente a comunidades afroamericanas y latinas, particularmente en el Alto Manhattan, según denunciaron ayer el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat y el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez, junto al sindicato que agrupa a dichos trabajadores, el DC37.

October 27, 2011

NY Daily News: Senate Espaillat , Upper Manhattan elected officals meet with Commissioner Kelly to addess increase in crime

Pols meet with Kelly on recent crime jump

By Frank Lombardi

Oct 6, 2011

It took awhile, but clamoring uptown politicians have succeeded in meeting with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly about the spike in crime in Washington Heights and Inwood.

"Bureaucracies always work that way,” said state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who has been leading the clamoring about crime for months now. “But at the end of the day he listened to us.  We made our case and I do think we’re going to see some results.”

Joining Espaillat at the one-hour session at Police Headquarters this past Friday were uptown Council members Ydanis Rodriguez and Robert Jackson and Washington Heights District Leader Maria Luna.  Others were invited but had scheduling conflicts.

October 7, 2011

WFUV: Sen. Espaillat calls on community to maintain order in preparation of the Dominican Day Parade

Every year thousands of New Yorkers attend the annual Dominican Day Parade in Midtown West.

By Claudia Morell Friday, August 12, 2011 - 3:49pm

As the city prepares for the annual Dominican Day Parade on Sunday, lawmakers are urging parade-goers to keep celebrations tame.

August 12, 2011

NY1 News: Sen. Espaillat and law enforcement officials call for cooperation ahead of the Dominican Day parade

Officials Issue Warning Ahead Of Dominican Day Parade

Police and elected leaders are issuing a warning to revelers ahead of this weekend's Dominican Day Parade, saying the law will be enforced.

They say last year celebrations turned violent in Washington Heights.

"Thousands primarily of young people, many of them consuming illegal nutcracker, and some of them threw bottles at police officers. There were some arrests. And we're getting ahead of the curve. And we're saying this year, it will not be tolerated," said State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

August 12, 2011

Wall Street Journal: Senator Espaillat and Riverkeeper Unveil New Report on Levels of Contamination in New Yorks Waters

Associated Press

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — Swimming in the Hudson River is unsafe 21 percent of the time because of pollution from sewage, according to a report issued Tuesday that sampled the water from New York City to Troy.

But the study, by the environmental group Riverkeeper, said most places are acceptably clean most of the time, and that illustrates progress.

August 10, 2011

West Side Spirit: Senator Espaillat discusses the health impact of sewage spilling into the Hudson River and calls for improved notification system

Unclean Waters:

Do 200 million gallons of sewage dumped into the Hudson last week pose a health threat to Upper West Siders?

August 4, 2011
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