Rangel Didn’t Pay Rent but State Bailed Him Out

Michael Gartland, New York Post, April 6, 2014

New York City’s longest-serving congressman won’t pay his rent.

State taxpayers were stiffed out of at least $87,000 when Rep. Charles Rangel stopped paying for the district office he rents in Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, records ­obtained by The Post show.

His staffers’ excuse? They lost the lease, according to state Office of General Services correspondence.

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Rangel paid $7,253 in monthly rent on the 125th Street office he has rented since 2000, expense reports from 2012 show. But the payments stopped for all of 2013.

Incredibly, instead of demanding payment of the back rent and late fees from its deadbeat legislative tenant, the state cut him a huge rent break.

The state says it allowed Rangel in March 2013 to enter into a new sweetheart deal in which he could postpone paying six months of rent. That “abatement” money has still not been paid, nor has the other six months of missed rent from 2013, a OGS official said.

The state comptroller approved a $101,000 lease between Rangel and OGS on Dec. 26, 2013, retroactively covering the period back to April 2013 and future months through December 2014, records show. The 21-month deal resulted in a deeply reduced rent of $4,809 a month.

When The Post last week inquired about the year of missing rent, Rangel’s office and OGS blamed federal sequestration, not the lost lease referenced in agency correspondence.

“As everyone knows, the GOP sequester not only constrained our nation’s economy, but also strained the budget of congressional offices,” said Rangel spokeswoman Hannah Kim.

The sequester, which set caps on lawmakers’ discretionary spending, began in March 2013, two months after records show Rangel stopped paying rent.

Rangel also promised to open another district office in The Bronx, a portion of which he now represents after a 2012 redistricting, but still has not done so.

Rangel is no stranger to real-estate problems. Congress censured the 22-term legislator in 2010 after the Ethics Committee found him guilty of 11 violations–including dodging taxes on the rental of his Dominican Republic villa.

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  • MekongDelta69

    “His staffers’ excuse?”

    Wait – I know. Their black dog ate the lease…

    Thank you Charlie [I’ll] [W]Rang[l]e out of any money I owe to anyone.

  • Urbane Neanderthal

    African, politician, corrupt.
    Seems next to impossible to be the first two without being the third.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    The circus act that Rangel put on during his Congressional ethics hearing a couple of years ago would have been enough for the media to demand resignation if the stunt was pulled by a white Republican. Rangel does not even attempt to act ethically because he knows both the media and Democrat Party will cover for him since he is a prominent black politician. And, if all else fails, Rangel will scream “Racism!” and watch white people scramble in fear.

    • Oil Can Harry

      At that hearing racial arsonist John Lewis brushed aside the serious ethics charges against Rangel, exclaiming “This man marched with Dr. King in Selma.”

      I thought that was cynical until Rangel claimed the GOP prevented him from paying his rent for a year.

  • Rangel rents space in a building named after Adam Clayton Powell.

    Ironically, four years ago, ACP’s eponymous grandson, ACP IV, challenged Rangel in the Democrat Primary.

    And don’t look now, but Rangel’s district was redrawn in 2011 to include more Hispanics, and a Hispanic challenged him in the Democrat Primary in 2012 and almost won. And he’s trying again this year. I can’t remember his name, but I know he’s the head of the New York State Senate Latino Caucus.

    Now we know why Rangel keeps popping off about slavery, Confederate flags, and what not. It’s because he’s trying to remind the black voters in his district that he’s black, to show up to vote to save his butt from his Hispanic challenger.

  • For a country in which whites allegedly enjoy “white privilige,” whites sure get the short end of the stick over and over. My white privilege required me to work my butt off for decades to pay the taxes that support these loafers, layabouts, deadbeats, and criminals. Enough.

    • Field_Left_Blank

      I don’t think you’ve seen the other end of the stick.

  • Tom Mixx

    Rangel Didn’t Pay Rent but State Bailed Him Out
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    Well, of course. He is black. Aren’t they known for not paying bills, rent, car payments, utilities, etc.?

  • So CAL Snowman

    “His staffers’ excuse? They lost the lease, according to state Office of General Services correspondence.”

    So they couldn’t call or fax the real estate company that owned the property and ask for a copy of the lease? This is the type of “leadership” the American people should put up with because diversity is so great? It’s a long way to the bottom my friends.

  • John K

    Rangel is no different than any other black; he just learned to work the system a little better than the others.

  • IstvanIN

    Rangel gets Section 8 for his office. Doesn’t he get an office allowance and where did that money go?

    • John K

      Probably malt liquor and white prostitutes.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    As everyone knows, the GOP…

    Cheating taxpayers is what Charlie Rangel does, and he’s gotten away with it for years. He’ll blame Whites, Bush or the GOP and the media will agree.

    Doesn’t matter what he does, his seat is SAFE for all time, his constituents will ALWAYS vote for blacks no matter what.

    Rangel’s processor was the same, which says a lot about the voters in the district:

    Adam Clayton Powell was increasingly being criticized for mismanaging his committee’s budget, taking trips abroad at public expense, and missing sittings of his committee.

    The fact that Rangel is not in jail says a lot about how the justice system works in the U.S.

    Go find a nice beach somewhere and get lost, Charlie.