DANR Board Congratulates Dominicans for Electing Their First U.S. Congressman

Washington, DC. — The Dominican American National Roundtable, the only Washington, DC based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization advocating for the socio economic and political advancement of Dominicans residing in USA; and the National Dominican American Council, congratulate the Dominican Community for electing its first congressional representative, Mr. Adriano Espaillat, to the Congress of The United States of America.

Adriano Espaillat Headshot
Hon. Adriano Espaillat

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), I invite all Dominicans in the United States and around the world to join us in congratulating Mr. Adriano Espaillat for his election to the U.S. House of Representatives representing Congressional District 13, comprising Upper Manhattan and a small portion of the western Bronx, and the neighborhoods of Harlem, Inwood, Marble Hill, Spanish Harlem, Washington Heights, and portions of Morningside Heights and the Upper West Side,” said the Honorable Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, President of The Dominican American National Roundtable.

Mr. Adriano Espaillat was elected to the New York Senate in November 2010, where he represented the 31st district. This uniquely diverse and dynamic district stretches from Manhattan’s Upper West Side through Washington Heights and includes Riverdale, Marble Hill, and Hamilton Heights.

In 2000, Mr. Espaillat was elected as the 2nd President of The Dominican American National Roundtable at the third national conference held in New York City.

In 1997, Mr. Espaillat joined over 200 leaders to organize the launching of The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR).

In 1996, Mr. Espaillat was elected to the New York State Assembly.

He served as chair of the Senate Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus. He served on the Senate Housing Committee and also on the Environmental Conservation, Economic Development, Codes, Insurance, and Judiciary committees. Additionally, Governor Andrew Cuomo selected him as a member of his Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise team where he chaired the subcommittee on monitoring and compliance.

From 1994 to 1996, Espaillat served as the Director of Project Right Start, a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to combat substance abuse by educating the parents of pre-school children. This pilot program was implemented in six cities throughout the country and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

From 1992 to 1994, Espaillat served as Director of the Washington Heights Victims Services Community Office. The organization offered bilingual support groups for battered women, and provided relief, compensation, counseling and therapeutic services to families of victims of homicides and other crimes.

During the 1990’s, Espaillat helped resolve hundreds of conflicts among his constituents by volunteering his services as a state certified conflict resolution mediator for the Washington Heights Inwood Conflict Resolutions and Mediation Center.

In 1991, Espaillat was chosen as a member of Governor Mario Cuomo’s Dominican American Advisory Board, where he served for two years.

From 1986 to 1991, Espaillat actively served on Community Planning Board 12 as a member of the Executive Board.

During the mid 1980’s, Espaillat was elected President of the 34th Precinct Community Council. Throughout the 80’s, he worked with the community and law enforcement agencies to help eradicate drugs and crime from Washington Heights and Inwood.

In 1980, Espaillat joined the NYC Criminal Justice Agency, a non-profit agency contracted by the city of New York to provide pre-trial services to the New York Criminal Court system, where he worked as the Manhattan Court Services Coordinator for eight years.

Espaillat graduated from Bishop Dubois High School in 1974. In 1978, he earned his B.S. degree in Political Science from Queens College, and later completed postgraduate courses in Public Administration at New York University and the Rutgers University Leadership for Urban Executives Institute.