Adriano Espaillat's Press releases

Senator Espaillat Stands With Advocates For Justice For Hit-And-Run Victims

In 2011, 23-year-old Josbel Rivera was struck and killed in a hit-and-run fatality. The driver who took Josbel Rivera's life can't escape appropriate charges simply because the weapon involved was a car. We owe it to Josbel to develop stronger enforcement and smarter policies for keeping our streets safe.

March 21, 2014

Senator Espaillat Continues to Fight for the NY DREAM Act

By a margin of only two votes, the Senate has failed to pass the DREAM Act, that would have given young undocumented New Yorkers the chance to attend college, pursue a career, and make their parents proud.

March 17, 2014

Senator Espaillat Stands In Opposition To Koch Brothers On International Women's Day

With the Koch Brothers spending hundreds of millions of dollars in opposition to measures that ensure women's reproductive health, elected officials and advocates marched from the David E. Koch Center to his Upper East Side residence on International Women's Day.

March 8, 2014

Senator Espaillat Stands With Community Against Co-Location at Local Middle School

Senator Espaillat, Assemblywoman Rosa, Councilmen Rodriguez and Levine, and parents advocate for an alternative location for a new P-Tech school in Washington Heights.

March 5, 2014

Bronx Lawmakers Protest LG Company Headquarters

Senator Espaillat stands with Bronx elected officials in opposing LG's planned headquarters along the pristine Palisades, a national natural landmark.

February 23, 2014

Senator Espaillat and DHCR Probe Rent Hikes in Washington Heights

After residents at 217 Haven Avenue reached out to Senator Espaillat's office, the Department of Housing and Community Renewal is investigating whether the building's new landlord is illegally increasing rents.

January 15, 2014

Senator Espaillat Named a Winner of the Week by Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Senator Espaillat and NYC Councilmember Mark Levine showed strong leadership by urging the City to move forward with a 10-block traffic calming plan for Morningside Avenue in Harlem, where more than three-quarters of households do not own cars.

January 15, 2014

Senator Espaillat Supports Traffic Safety Measures in Harlem

Senator Espaillat and Councilman Mark Levine sent a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation in support of a community board-backed initiative to residign a ten block portion of Morningside Avenue that has been the site of over 100 accidents between 2007 and 2011.

January 13, 2014

New York Lawmakers Call for George Washington Bridge Oversight

Senator Espaillat and Assemblywoman Rosa are calling on New York State to hold its own investigations into lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last fall. The New York State legislature’s participation is crucial for exposing any remaining issues, and gaining definitive answers on how New Yorkers, including constituents living in the bridge’s vicinity were impacted.

January 9, 2014

Senator Espaillat and Advocates Renew Push for Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

A New York bill to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who provide valid identification from their countries has been introduced in the Senate. Passing this legislation will help New York reclaim its heritage as a haven for immigrants.

January 9, 2014

Senator Espaillat Introduces Legislation Targeting Biker Gangs

Senator Espaillat and Assemblywoman Rosa introduce legislation targeting rogue motorcyclists in the wake of the vicious attack of a Manhattan man in front of his wife and daughter.

December 23, 2013

New York Elected Officials Push Legislation to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Apply for a Driver's License

The proposed legislation will provide undocumented immigrants with greater employment flexibility, and ensure that they are properly credentialed.

December 16, 2013

After an Illusory Bridge Study, Senator Espaillat Demands a Real One

When Adriano Espaillat heard that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was using an apocryphal traffic study to justify the traffic-snarling closure of New Jersey access roads to the George Washington Bridge, like many people, he immediately concluded that it "had politics written all over it."

December 13, 2013

Statement from Senator Espaillat Following Meeting with Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina

"I want to thank President Medina for meeting with Assemblyman Phil Ramos and I to discuss the Dominican Republic’s recent Constitutional Court decision regarding citizenship requirements. I appreciate the President’s willingness to maintain an open dialogue as this issue progresses, and to continue to brief the Dominican-American community on the court ruling’s implementation status."

November 12, 2013

After Another Traffic Death, Espaillat Asks, Again, For a Slow Zone

Mere days after the city's transportation department rejected a request to reduce speed limits in part of Washington Heights, an initiative supported by Senator Espaillat, a person got hit by a car and killed within the zone.

October 18, 2013

Senator Espaillat Successfully Resurrects Plan for Fast Bus Service

Just three months after New York City's transportation department nixed a plan to bring faster buses to Harlem's 125th Street corridor, which Senator Espaillat has continued to advocate for, the plan has been resurrected.

October 11, 2013

Lawmakers Call For Crackdown On Large Motorcycle Rallies

Senator Espaillat calls for tougher enforcement measures to protect Upper Manhattan residents from the groups of motorcyclists engaging in illegal behavior and intimidating local families.

October 4, 2013

Senator Espaillat on the Federal Stop-and-Frisk Court Decision

Today’s federal court ruling validates the basic truth that members of the African-American and Latino community have long known: that stop-and-frisk policing tactics have violated the rights of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and aggressively targeted young people who have done nothing wrong.

August 12, 2013

Senator Espaillat and Dominican-American Elected Officials Laud Historic Confirmation of Thomas Perez for U.S. Labor Secretary

(New York, NY) – Months after his nomination by President Obama, U.S. elected officials of Dominican heritage celebrated the confirmation of Thomas Perez. The U.S. Senate’s approval makes Perez the first Cabinet Secretary of Dominican heritage. 

July 18, 2013

U.S. League of Dominican-American Elected Officials Laud President Obama’s Nomination of Thomas Perez for Labor Secretary, Nation’s First Cabinet Nomination of Dominican Heritage


The U.S. League of Dominican-American Elected Officials, led by New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights) praised President Obama’s selection of Assistant Attorney General and Justice Department Civil Rights Division head Thomas Perez as nominee for U.S. Labor Secretary.

March 11, 2013
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