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Harlem’s Houdini: Rangel district survives in court redistricting plan

Historic Harlem congressional district remains largely in Upper Manhattan

New York’s 81-year-old political Houdini, Rep. Charles Rangel, appears to have managed another escape. This morning Magistrate Roanne L. Mann, the judge in charge of New York’s redistricting process, released drafts of her proposed maps for Congress. The maps leave Rangel’s district almost intact – despite media reports to the contrary and Mann’s close attention to the proposal by the reform group Common Cause that would have placed Rangel’s Harlem residence in a district based primarily in the Bronx. Rangel’s uptown Manhattan district would change number to become District 13, while the 15th Congressional District (the number of Rangel’s current seat) would be located entirely in the Bronx. You can see Rangel’s proposed district here.