A Congressman Solicits Money For His Pet Project
(Updated to reflect Rangel announcing plans to move his Harlem campaign office)
A week ago, The New York Times' David Kocieniewski wrote how House Ways & Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has been renting four pricey apartments in a Harlem highrise for below market price, an arrangement that might have violated state and city housing regulations.
Today, The Post's Christopher Lee reports that Rangel, 78, has penned letters on congressional stationary to companies with business before his committee and to corporate and foundation leaders to ask for contributions to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York, a project that caused controversy last year when he successfully pushed for a $1.9 million congressional earmark to help launch it. Read one of the letters.
Rangel later decided to move his campaign office out of one of the four rent-stabilized apartments he leases, his spokesman told The Times on Monday. The spokesman, Emile Milne, would not elaborate on the decision. "Mr. Rangel has indicated that he is not willing to say any more," he said.
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