Jeff and Mary went to see a movie this afternoon on the Upper West Side (around 84th and Broadway). Before the movie, Mary decided she needed some food, so we wandered up through a street fair.
And who should we see as we're crossing the street? No, not Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie (though they were in town promoting her new movie at the NY Film Festival).
No, it was Charlie Rangel, Congressional Rep. of NY's 15th District. Lots of people recognized him--some walked up and shook his hand. We shoulda taken his photo w/Jeff's cell phone camera ... but oh, well. Not quick enough! So this photo is his "official" one from his Web site. (He looks a lot older now, and thinner, too.)
Rangel, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been in the news of late. He reportedly said he has been underpaying his taxes for several years. It's also been reported that he has been parking his unused car illegally in a congressional lot (basically using it as storage), and he apparently has been flouting the laws regarding rent-controlled apartments in the city.
It would be a shame if he were remembered only for those things. Reading through his Web site, we discovered he has done a lot of good while a congressman. He is currently serving his 19th--yes, 19th--term.