New York City Council member resigns

On January 26, 2020, New York City Council member Rafael Espinal (D) resigned his seat after representing New York City Council District 37 for seven years. Espinal stepped down to become the executive director of the Freelancers’ Union.

Espinal had two years remaining on his second consecutive four-year term as a New York City Council member. New York City Council members are limited to two consecutive four-year terms.

A special election will be held to fill the vacancy created by Espinal’s resignation. Details about the special election, including when it will be held, have not yet been released.

The New York City Council is the city’s primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, overseeing the use of municipal properties, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.

Before his resignation from the New York City Council, Espinal served as a member of the New York State Assembly.

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