Fundraiser Party for Rafael Espinal's Campaign for NYC Public Advocate at Town Stages

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Rafael Espinal, candidate for NYC Public Advocate, will be highlighting environmental issues and his commitment to supporting New York's nightlife and entertainment industries at a fundraiser party at Town Stages in Tribeca on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:30pm.

Special guests include acclaimed filmmaker and environmentalist Darren Aronofsky (mother!, Noah, Black Swan), environmental activist and sustainable business leader Lauren Singer, music by The Golden Pony (Elements Festival/BangOn!NYC), Penny Lane (Collective B.A.E.), and Mira Farenheit, and performances by Nikki Ortiz, Tanya Karina, Dan Jones, and more!

Join Rafael Espinal for a night filled with friends, supporters, and special guests all in support of his campaign for NYC Public Advocate.

"On Thursday 10th, Town Stages is the place to be," said Rafael Espinal. "I'm excited to join my friends and supporters to celebrate our city's world-class nightlife and creative sector and talk about the importance of environmental sustainability. As the City Council Member who led the creation of the Office of Nightlife and the Night Mayor, I'm the only candidate for Public Advocate who stands up for the creative sector and the people who make New York's nightlife happen. Whether you're an artist, performer, entertainer, bar worker, or you just like to go out and have a good time - I've got your back."

"This is a very special moment in the history of our proud city," said Robin Sokoloff, Town Stages Executive Director. "We have the unique opportunity to elevate an extraordinary young leader to a higher office who has heart, has vision, and has an outstanding track record for showing up for hard working New Yorkers of all backgrounds. Rafael Espinal is a champion for small business owners, for communities, for arts and culture, and for the environment we all live and work in together. Councilman Espinal has already moved mountains bringing change to the underserved - the positive ripple effect of which extends way above and BEYOND his own district. We couldn't ask for a more proactive Public Advocate in this special election."

Tickets start at $27 and can be reserved at All proceeds from the evening will benefit Rafael Espinal's campaign for Public Advocate.

About the Public Advocate special election

A special election will be held on February 26th to elect a new Public Advocate, replacing, Letitia James as she assumes the role of New York State Attorney General.

The Public Advocate is a citywide position with the sole purpose of advocating for all communities and holding the City accountable.

About Rafael Espinal

Rafael Espinal is a born and bred Brooklyner who serves the people of New York as Council Member for the 37th District and previously represented the 54th Assembly District as Assembly Member. He has championed legislation to provide better healthcare, housing, and good jobs for New Yorkers.

Rafael is known for voicing the concerns of New York City's young adults and most vulnerable families. He has championed efforts to improve the quality of life, preserve our environment, foster art and creative spaces in gentrifying neighborhoods, and secure the rights of those who have been disenfranchised by the City.

Rafael passed legislation to repeal the archaic and racist "no dancing" cabaret law and to create New York's first Night Mayor and Office of Nightlife, joining cities across the world to protect small businesses and safe spaces for culture. He has recently advocated for ideas to make New York greener with electric vehicles, solar power, and urban food gardens. His other legislative initiatives include: requiring all public bathrooms have diaper changing stationsregardless of gender, a bill on the "right to disconnect" from digital communications after working hours, and a package of legislation related to banning single-use plastic straws in restaurants, sports arenas and bars.

Through the East New York Neighborhood Plan, Rafael held the de Blasio administration accountable and delivered over $260 million in investments for his community for the creation of 100% affordable housing, schools, roads, and transportation improvements. In addition to building 3,000 units of affordable housing, the plan creates the first-ever Homeowner HELP DESK to provide outreach, and legal services to keep people in their homes and the first-ever Basement Legalization Pilot Program that will help homeowners upgrade their basements and provide tenants with safe, affordable units. This is slated to be the citywide blueprint for how to legalize basement apartments in all five boroughs. Rafael was the first elected official to allocate funds for a new boiler in a NYCHA development before the heating crisis even happened.

About Town Stages

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is a state-of-the-art cultural arts space, event venue, and cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Tribeca. With a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility, Town Stages blends convention-level facilities with captivating decor for 299 guests. Serving as New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate, and put on a show, Town Stages offers much needed meeting space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families celebrating their very important day. Centrally located off all major NYC trains, Town Stages is available for CORPORATE gatherings, fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, & beyond. Follow under @townstages and #itsyourtown.

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About Sokoloff Arts (501c3) at Town Stages

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is a women-led cultural institution creating inspired space and cutting edge experiences at Town Stages. Helmed by a team of women from different backgrounds and multi-hyphenate artistic disciplines, Sokoloff Arts builds viable and safe places to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community activations, and blends the arts and business sectors to design sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities in New York City and abroad. The organization assists young creators with mentorship, sponsorship, and fellowship by supporting ticketed performances and curated community programming in the performing arts, fine arts, and the advancement of social justice.

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