Freshman Rep. Adriano Espaillat, 62, a New York Democrat, talks about public housing, baseball, and his grandson’s love of cars. Q: What has surprised you about Congress so far? A: It’s a huge operation. It’s a great huge, large institution and for you to put your arms around it. You have to be very specific and develop a niche in every area you want to excel in, that’s close to your heart, something that’s good for our district, and it’s all local, obviously. Housing is what I’ve chosen. Public housing is very broad. The White House is public housing. The president doesn’t pay rent. He has cold and hot water every day. He doesn’t have any mold in the bathroom or leaks in his pipes. We pay his rent and that’s public housing. We should have a level of commitment to tenants who live in public housing.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat stays busy fighting against President Donald Trump’s agenda, but there’s more to him than just being a baseball-loving lawmaker. Here are some quick facts you may not know about the first-term congressman, from the man himself.
House Democrats from Oregon, New York and Virginia proposed a bill last week — the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act — that, if passed, would turn ICE’s current guidelines into a law that actively prohibits officials from conducting arrests, interviews, searches or surveillance at these “sensitive” locations. (It’s unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled House.) Bonamici sponsored the bill with Reps. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), José E. Serrano (D-N.Y.), Don Beyer (D-Va.) and at least 20 other co-sponsors.
On a Wednesday afternoon in February, a young Latina walked into Rep. Adriano Espaillat’s newly opened Harlem office looking for help. Greeted by two staffers, she explained in halting English that she wanted to know how her grandmother could apply for American citizenship. One of the staffers responded in Spanish, bringing her further into the office and translating for her as another staffer walked her through the immigration forms on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. It was constituent services at its finest. And if any office is equipped to help with immigration issues, it’s Espaillat’s – he’s one of the few members of Congress to have gone through the process himself.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) accused the Trump administration Tuesday of gambling with American lives after Trump threatened to pull federal funding for law enforcement in so-called sanctuary cities.
"By yanking funding away and clawing back funding away from law enforcement, we're putting average Americans at risk," he said during an interview on CNN's "New Day." "In fact, it's almost like putting a gun to the head of Americans and playing Russian roulette."
Airbnb responded by saying a study which claims Airbnb causes gentrification in black neighborhoods has been debunked. HARLEM, NY — Harlem's Congressman Adriano Espaillat is picking a fight with online rental giant Airbnb following the announcement of the company's new "Harlem Experience Tours." Espaillat, in a letter to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, accuses the company of "exotifying our community for corporate profit." “Airbnb’s ‘Harlem Experiences’ platform sounds like it was tailor made to promote the rapid gentrification of our community," Espaillat said in the letter.
Espaillat also railed against Airbnb for lobbying against affordable housing laws in New York City and its poor treatment of black hosts compare to white ones.
Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Adriano Espaillat are trying to save East Harlem's Lakeview Apartments Complex. EAST HARLEM, NY — Local politicians are asking the federal government to help preserve an East Harlem affordable housing complex built in 1974 under the Mitchell-Lama program, which has provided housing for low- and middle-income families for decades.
Let’s not mince words: in the fall of 2016, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his agents attacked our country. Their interference in our election was an attack on our democracy and on our national security. The American people deserve not only answers about what happened and who was involved, but also to know that their government is doing everything in its power to hold the perpetrators responsible and ensure it never happens again. As Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, we are united in demanding action. The Committee recently held a hearing focused on Russia’s disinformation efforts. This is an important topic worthy of our attention, but it pales in comparison to Russia’s criminal interference with American democracy.
Legisladores demócratas expresaron el jueves preocupación por el impacto que los recortes presupuestarios propuestos por el presidente Donald Trump podrían representar para América Latina y los propios Estados Unidos. Eliot Engel, principal demócrata en la comisión de asuntos exteriores de la cámara baja, advirtió que disminuir la cooperación internacional en 28% (o 10.000 millones de dólares) deterioraría las relaciones con aliados en la región, debilitando la influencia de Washington. Engel agregó que además pondría en riesgo programas consolidados de asistencia para combatir el crimen organizado en México, Colombia o América Central.
Congressman Adriano Espaillat used a meeting with Gen. John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security—which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement—to describe the atmosphere of fear that has enveloped his district and immigrant communities nationwide. Espaillat joined colleagues in the Democratic Conference and the Congressional Hispanic Conference for a sitdown with Kelly, who has presided over the implementation of President Donald Trump’s aggressive enforcement agenda—under which any foreign national accused of any crime is vulnerable to arrest and expulsion. The freshman lawmaker‘s turf covers communities in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx home to a large number recent arrivals from Latin American nations, many like himself natives of the Dominican Republic.