Colby Hamilton, Writer, WNYC News
Colby Hamilton is a general assignment reporter. He originally joined WNYC as a political blogger. He's a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Los Premios Latino Espanol (The Global Spanish Latino Awards) are set to endow Congressman Charles Rangel--whose Puerto Rican ancestry has been the subject for a series of recent articles--with a lifetime achievement award tomorrow.
The Congressman is being recognized for "his lifetime of service as a civil rights advocate and public servant in Congress for more than 40 years."
"This is a huge honor to be recognized by Latino community. I want to thank the organizers of the ceremony for the invitation and honor of this distinguished award," Rangel said in a statement. "I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to represent so many Latinos as their Congressman."
The award comes in the midst of a fierce primary challenge pitting Rangel against a squadron of challengers, chiefly among them State Senator Adriano Espaillat, the Dominican representative from Washington Heights. The new 13th Congressional district in upper Manhattan and the Bronx is running in is even more majority Latino than the district Rangel currently represents. The primary election is on June 26.
The award organizers, in a release, note that, "Los Premios Latino Espanol is an annual award ceremony that recognizes the achievements and contributions of individuals, organizations and corporations that work to promote, develop and enhance Latino culture and heritage."
Rangel is half Puerto Rican on his father's side. His ancestry--something Rangel hasn't highlighted much in his 40-plus year's in Congress--has been the subject of a number of news reports in the past month.
Rangel will be joined in receiving the award with a fellow member of Congress, Jose E. Serrano of the Bronx, CUNY Board of Trustee's member Rita DiMartino and others.