Adriano Espaillat holds an out-of-district celebration in Charlie Rangel's building
This afternoon, State Senator Adriano Espaillat held an event in the state office building on Adam Clayton Boulevard in Harlem, just a few floors below the office of Rep. Charlie Rangel, who he unsuccessfully attempted to oust in a primary campaign last year.
A spokesman for Espaillat said the state office building is conveniently located for their constituents, particularly in West Harlem. Also, given the theme of the event—celebrating the cultures of African-Americans, Dominicans and Haitians—district boundaries shouldn't be an issue, the spokesman said.
Espaillat returned to the State Senate after losing in a June primary to Rangel last year, and is considered one of the frontrunners to replace Rangel should the longtime congressman choose not to seek another term.
"Northern Manhattanites come from all over the world, but our respective histories all share the struggle for freedom and equality," Espaillat said in a statement. “Through art, music, film and lectures, we can explore the common threads in our heritage that bring us together. I am excited to showcase the wealth of talent Upper Manhattan has to offer, bring exposure to accomplished local artists, and start a conversation about the past, present and future of our community.”