Tag: Councilmember Rafael Espinal

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City Releases Bushwick Neighborhood Plan and Rezoning Proposal

The Department of City Planning (DCP) released on Wednesday the long-awaited Bushwick Neighborhood Plan Update, after presenting it at Bushwick’s Community Board 4 on Tuesday. The plan, based on four years of community input, includes new programs, investments and strategies ...

Espinal to Host Neighborhood Pop-Up Court in East NY

Espinal to Host Neighborhood Pop-Up Court in East NY

Councilmember Rafael Espinal, Jr.and officials from the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings announced on Wednesday that OATH’s Neighborhood Pop-Up Court for City-issued summonses will come to East New York on Wednesday, April 24.  “Everyone deserves their day in ...

Plastic waste is poisoning our Earth — and cities have no choice but to lead the fight against climate change.

De Blasio Bans Single-Use Plastics from City Agencies

New York City is banning single-use plastics, including plastic straws, cutlery, plates, bowls, cups and trays from city agencies, a move welcomed by Bushwick Councilmember Rafael Espinal, who has introduced multiple bills to make the city greener and more sustainable.  ...

City Launches East NY Basement Pilot Program

City Launches East NY Basement Pilot Program

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed on Monday a new law to launch a three-year pilot program that will create livable basement apartments in East New York. Councilmembers Rafael Espinal, Brad Lander and Inez Barron introduced the legislation last year with ...

Each year, New Yorkers throw away 60 million pounds of styrofoam products, a major source of neighborhood litter and petroleum-based waste.

Brooklyn Pols Welcome City’s Styrofoam Ban

On Tuesday, a citywide ban on styrofoam containers went into effect, prohibiting food service establishments, stores and manufacturers from possessing, selling or offering single service Expanded Polystyrene foam food items or packaging. According to city data, New Yorkers throw away ...

Councilmember Rafael Espinal is introducing a legislation package to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters.

Espinal Pushes for Legalization of E-Bikes, E-Scooters

Electric bikes and scooters may soon be populating NYC’s streets, if it is up to Brooklyn Councilmember Rafael Espinal who introduced on Wednesday a legislation package to legalize them.  The NYPD currently fines e-bike riders $500 for operating their vehicles ...

Councilmember Rafael Espinal

Councilmember Espinal Enters Public Advocate Race

Brooklyn Councilmember Rafael Espinal announced Tuesday his bid for NYC public advocate.  A lifelong resident of East Brooklyn, Espinal is serving his second term as Councilmember for the 37th District, representing Bushwick, Brownsville, East New York and Cypress Hills. His announcement ...

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