Bill up in Harlem?:On 125th Street, no less!

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former President Clinton (news – web sites), who has run up against resistance to the reported $800,000 annual rent for an office in midtown Manhattan, may be looking at office space in the city’s famed Harlem neighborhood.

A spokesman for Rep. Charles Rangel, a Democrat whose district encompasses the mostly minority neighborhood in northern Manhattan, said Clinton had looked at office space in Harlem. …

“It’s true that his office has looked at some office space in Harlem,” Capel said.

He said he could not specify the exact location.

Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields said in a statement that she was delighted to hear that the former president, who has enjoyed warm relations with blacks, was considering office space on 125th St.

Clinton’s search for office space has provoked controversy.

He has been negotiating for 8,300 square feet on the 56th floor of Carnegie Hall Tower, one of Manhattan’s premier buildings, for a proposed annual rent of almost $800,000 a year, which some members of Congress have said is too much.

Members of Congress moved to scale back the cost to taxpayers, and the former president offered to pay half through a Clinton foundation.

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