Happening Today at 6PM: Representative Adriano Espaillat, Community Leaders Hold Vigil and Call to Action in Memory of the Victims in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH

August 5, 2019
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today at 6:00 p.m. EDT, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) joined by community leaders, will hold a community vigil at Bennett Park (Fort Washington Avenue at West 184th Street) to remember and honor the victims of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that took place this past weekend. 


During the event, Rep. Espaillat will be joined by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, State Senator Robert Jackson, Assemblywoman Carmen de la Rosa, Assemblyman Al Taylor, Councilman Mark D. Levine, Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez and others to demand action to address the gun violence epidemic in communities around the nation. 


“I am appalled by the cowardly acts of violence that occurred this weekend, and I am heartbroken over the lives that were senselessly taken by these tragedies. My heart breaks for the families of the victims and for all who lost loved ones,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “While the nation mourns, it remains critical that we come together as a community to take decisive action towards comprehensive gun control, once and for all.  The safety of our communities, our families, and our nation is at stake.” 


This event is open to the public and press.


WHO:            Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)

                     New York State Attorney General Letitia James

                     New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

                     New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams

                     Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

                     State Senator Robert Jackson

                     Assemblywoman Carmen de la Rosa

                     Assemblyman Al Taylor

                     Councilman Mark D. Levine

                     Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez

                     Community Leaders


WHAT:          Uptown Unity Vigil and Call to Action


WHEN:          Monday, August 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EDT


WHERE:       Bennett Park

                        Fort Washington Avenue at West 184th Street

                        New York, NY


RSVP:            RSVP.Espaillat@mail.house.gov or by phone at 212-663-3900


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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee.  He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx.  To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.


Media inquiries: Candace Randle Person at Candace.Person@mail.house.gov