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Espinal Passed Bill Prohibiting Businesses to Refuse Cash in NYC

Espinal Passed Bill Prohibiting Businesses to Refuse Cash in NYC

With 30 percent of Bushwick residents underbanked and 20 percent unbanked, it is imperative that businesses accept cash.

Leading Urban Environmentalists Gathered in Bushwick to Discuss Green Roofs and City Sustainability

Leading Urban Environmentalists Gathered in Bushwick to Discuss Green Roofs and City Sustainability

All new buildings are required to have 100 percent sustainable roofs in the form of green roofs, solar panels, or some combination of the two.

Espinal Pushes for Development of Comprehensive Urban Agricultural Plan to Aid Community Health

Espinal Pushes for Development of Comprehensive Urban Agricultural Plan to Aid Community Health

On June 11, the New York City Council’s Committee on Land Use held a hearing on Council Member Rafael Espinal's bill calling for the development of an urban agricultural plan.

Espinal’s Bill Requiring Green Roofs on New NYC Buildings Was Passed

Espinal’s Bill Requiring Green Roofs on New NYC Buildings Was Passed

Another win for the environment!

Rafael Espinal Pushes Creative Legislations at Forum with NYC Public Advocate Candidates

Rafael Espinal Pushes Creative Legislations at Forum with NYC Public Advocate Candidates

Bushwick Council Member is creating alternative ways to win over voters with his current Public Advocate campaign.

Bushwick's Councilman Espinal Packs Roberta's for Campaign Fundraiser

Bushwick's Councilman Espinal Packs Roberta's for Campaign Fundraiser

Roberta's hosted an all-day fundraiser to raise $40,000 for Espinal to run for New York City Public Advocate.

Rafael Espinal's Campaign Kickoff for Public Advocate is Happening Tonight at House of Yes

Rafael Espinal's Campaign Kickoff for Public Advocate is Happening Tonight at House of Yes

It's fitting that the unofficial Night Mayor would launch a campaign at one of Bushwick's better known nightclubs.

Espinal's Historic Campaign & Why the Special Election for NYC Public Advocate Matters for Bushwick

Espinal's Historic Campaign & Why the Special Election for NYC Public Advocate Matters for Bushwick

So far, a dozen candidates have officially announced their campaigns for the position including Bushwick’s District 37 City Councilmember , Rafael Espinal.

Rafael Espinal Has Launched a Historic Campaign to Become Next Public Advocate of New York City

Rafael Espinal Has Launched a Historic Campaign to Become Next Public Advocate of New York City

If he wins, Espinal will become the youngest politician, and the first Latino to be in city-wide politics.

Council Member Rafael Espinal And  Bushwick's House Of Yes Team Up To Combat Sexual Harassment

Council Member Rafael Espinal And Bushwick's House Of Yes Team Up To Combat Sexual Harassment

This package of legislation is the first of it's kind when it comes to addressing harassment in nightlife venues.

Bushwick Official Is Calling Out President Trump For Poor-Shaming Immigrants

Bushwick Official Is Calling Out President Trump For Poor-Shaming Immigrants

Council Member Rafael Espinal has spoken out about immigrant rights several times this year.

Local Legislators Team Up With Tech Startup To Legalize Electronic Scooters In NYC

Local Legislators Team Up With Tech Startup To Legalize Electronic Scooters In NYC

The scooters are supposed to help take burden off the MTA system in lieu of the upcoming L train shutdown.

Urban Agriculture Strikes A Win With Espinal And Adam's Collective Charter

Urban Agriculture Strikes A Win With Espinal And Adam's Collective Charter

Brooklyn elected officials announced a new joint sponsored legislation to expand urban agriculture and maintain community shared space at Ashford Street Abundant Garden.

Council Member Espinal Launches Largest NYC Site for Urban Agriculture

Council Member Espinal Launches Largest NYC Site for Urban Agriculture

The website was launched with the help of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Council Member Espinal Wants Mandatory Green Roofs on New Buildings

Council Member Espinal Wants Mandatory Green Roofs on New Buildings

The Council Member wants more eco-friendly infrastructure throughout NYC.

Council Member Espinal Wants to Provide Mental Health Service to For Minors Visiting NYC Jails

Council Member Espinal Wants to Provide Mental Health Service to For Minors Visiting NYC Jails

The Council Member, who represents various Brooklyn neighborhoods including Bushwick, made the proposal last month.

Plastic Straws, Bushwick Zoning and a Path into Politics: A Conversation with City Councilman Rafael

Plastic Straws, Bushwick Zoning and a Path into Politics: A Conversation with City Councilman Rafael

Before Espinal started thinking big about ways New York could be a leader in progressive politics. He was just the middle child of six, growing up in Cypress Hills, “off the J-train.”

Councilmen Espinal is Proposing Legislation to Ban Plastic Straws in Bushwick

Councilmen Espinal is Proposing Legislation to Ban Plastic Straws in Bushwick

The councilmen joins coalition to reduce plastic waste in NYC. Praised by environmental groups, the bill would be enforced by the city and includes a two year transition period for businesses.

A Bushwick Councilman Wants More Leniency for E-Bike Users

A Bushwick Councilman Wants More Leniency for E-Bike Users

Because those things are killer-awesome.

Planning the Future of Bushwick's Affordable Housing Is Still Controversial

Planning the Future of Bushwick's Affordable Housing Is Still Controversial

A city official's comments during a neighborhood planning meeting got residents fired up.

A Bushwick Council Member's Work Finally Paid off: New York City Now Has Its "Night Mayor"

A Bushwick Council Member's Work Finally Paid off: New York City Now Has Its "Night Mayor"

Council Member Rafael Espinal, a longtime supporter of local nightlife and DIY venues, sponsored legislation to create an Office of Nightlife. It finally happened.

Bushwick's Councilman Espinal Wants Gov. and MTA to Commit to Electric Buses for L Train Shutdown

Bushwick's Councilman Espinal Wants Gov. and MTA to Commit to Electric Buses for L Train Shutdown

Councilman Rafael Espinal wants Gov. Cuomo and MTA to commit — officially.

Here's How the Bushwick Area Fared in 2017 Municipal Elections

Here's How the Bushwick Area Fared in 2017 Municipal Elections

The people have spoken and the votes have been counted. How was our city's government changed?

Bushwick Venues Will Say Goodbye to Cabaret Law and Start Dancing After Tuesday

Bushwick Venues Will Say Goodbye to Cabaret Law and Start Dancing After Tuesday

City Council will decide the fate of the Cabaret Law tomorrow and Councilman Rafael Espinal says he has the votes to repeal it.

Big Real Estate Investors Buy a Bushwick Building Where Anti-Gentrification Councilman Espinal Works

Big Real Estate Investors Buy a Bushwick Building Where Anti-Gentrification Councilman Espinal Works

Cycamore Capital, an investment firm specializing in value-add real estate, has bought a property on Knickerbocker Avenue where New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal has his office.

Influential Bushwick Artists and Nightlife Advocates Met City Reps to Hash Out Night Mayor Role

Influential Bushwick Artists and Nightlife Advocates Met City Reps to Hash Out Night Mayor Role

Local artists and DIY spaces are joining forces to help protect the cultural and artistic fabric of New York City.

Last Night Mayor de Blasio Created an Office of Nightlife at House of Yes

Last Night Mayor de Blasio Created an Office of Nightlife at House of Yes

The office will be responsible for making sure that the industry can grow in NYC.

The Battle to Truly Legalize Dancing in New York Continues

The Battle to Truly Legalize Dancing in New York Continues

A new bill would create a task force to study NYC nightlife and recommend ways to modernize the system of licensing.

As Bushwick Rezoning Is Put on Hold, Rampant Development Will Continue Unchecked

As Bushwick Rezoning Is Put on Hold, Rampant Development Will Continue Unchecked

A new community plan won't come together until 2018, likely.

Council Member Espinal Wants to See Electric Buses Become the Norm

Council Member Espinal Wants to See Electric Buses Become the Norm

What are our eco-conscious transit options when the L train goes out of commission?

A Meeting With Public Advocate Letitia James This Friday Gives You the Opportunity to Talk Local

A Meeting With Public Advocate Letitia James This Friday Gives You the Opportunity to Talk Local

The Friday night meeting is specifically for Bushwick and Cypress Hills residents and issues in the two neighborhoods.

Bushwick Councilman Espinal Takes Steps to Support Environmental Legislation

Bushwick Councilman Espinal Takes Steps to Support Environmental Legislation

Rafael Espinal has vowed to act against a national move away from environmental progress. Take a look at his proposed legislation.

Bushwick's Community Plan Summit Is Back On the Calendar on February 11

Bushwick's Community Plan Summit Is Back On the Calendar on February 11

For years, Bushwick residents have worked with the city on a plan for the neighborhood's future. Now is the time for action.

UPDATE: Be There: The Date is Set for a Bushwick Community Plan Summit

UPDATE: Be There: The Date is Set for a Bushwick Community Plan Summit

If you're a Bushwick resident, then please attend this meeting!

Help Envision Bushwick's Future at a Local "Community Plan" Meeting

Help Envision Bushwick's Future at a Local "Community Plan" Meeting

Your input is requested at a meeting about Bushwick's future: Bushwick residents have teamed up with Brooklyn Community Board 4, the Department of City Planning and the offices of local city council members Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal to develop a community based approach to balancing "the desire to create and preserve affordable housing with the need to preserve Bushwick's character

Begin Again in Bushwick: A Local Church Will Host a A Summons Adjudication Event This Weekend

Begin Again in Bushwick: A Local Church Will Host a A Summons Adjudication Event This Weekend

You don't have to wait until Sunday for your (minor) sins to be forgiven this week: This Saturday, a Bushwick church is hosting the borough's 4th ever "Begin Again" event, which provides locals with an opportunity to resolve any outstanding low-level “quality of life” summonses they might have on their legal records

Spend Saturday Gardening in the Sun With Your Neighbors at Bushwick's Irving Square Park!

Spend Saturday Gardening in the Sun With Your Neighbors at Bushwick's Irving Square Park!

A local grassroots organization is inviting the public to come get its hands dirty at one of Bushwick's most beautiful parks this weekend

Bushwick Council Member Rafael Espinal Talks Bernie Sanders with Bushwick Daily

Bushwick Council Member Rafael Espinal Talks Bernie Sanders with Bushwick Daily

New York City Council member Rafael Espinal's district stretches from Bushwick to Cypress Hills and encompasses a hotly debated part of the city in East New York which is slated for rezoning and redevelopment