UPTOWN VS CHARLES RANGEL
There's a big time battle brewing over a small section of New York City as this year's American elections take place. The debate is over the city's Congressional District 15, a jurisdiction over Harlem and some parts of Uptown Manhattan that have been overseen by Charlie Rangel for over four decades! A new proposition that takes into account the ever-increasing Hispanic population wishes to change the district boundaries and possibly give Uptown neighborhoods like Washington Heights, Inwood, parts of the Bronx and even Queens, their own representation. The idea, although heavily opposed by Rangel, is being spearheaded by advocacy group, The Dominican American National Roundtable. If approved by the courts, the proposed new district will be comprised of 66% Hispanics, something that clearly indicates why Rangel, who's relied mostly on older African-American support, would be opposed. An interesting battle to keep a close eye on as the playing field and politics evolve come election time. Approved or not, the congressional boundaries are set to be redrawn by March 12th.