Rangel's Washington Heights office, like his campaign manager, has a controversial past
Rep. Charlie Rangel opened a campaign office in Washington Heights on Saturday, on the second floor of a four-story building at 2410 Amsterdam Avenue.
Campaign manager Moises Perez told me it was vacant and ideally located: As soon as you cross the George Washington Bridge and turn left, you're in the Bronx part of the congressional district.
The 30-year-old organization listed "2410 Amsterdam Avenue" as its location on documents filed with the state attorney general's office, as late May 16, 2011. The Alianza sign is also visible if you look up the address on a Google map (Street View).
When asked about the office, Rangel's campaign spokeswoman Ronnie Sykes told me "The space was available, it's been available for several months. It's a great space and a good location."
This Saturday, the place still looked much as it must have after the previous tenants abandoned the place, with empty cubicles, an insurance eligibility spreadsheet on one desk and tips for job seekers on one wall.
Perez was forced out of the leadership of Alianza as a condition of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman allowing the group to transfer assets it needed in order to complete their move to another building.
The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce still lists "Alianza Dominicana, Inc. / Computer Leadership & Vocational Education" at the 2410 Amsterdam Avenue, 2nd Floor address. Other sites list Alianza as operating a drug treatment and family services center on the fourth floor of the same building.