About Adam Clayton Powell Diago, IV
In 1980, Powell changed his name to Adam Clayton Powell IV when he moved to the United States to study at Howard University in Washington, DC. (He is often confused with his nephew, also named Adam Clayton Powell IV, son of Adam Clayton Powell III).
Adam Clayton Powell IV (born in 1962), was a member of the New York State Assembly. From 1992-1997 he served as New York City Council Member representing East Harlem and parts of the Upper West Side and the South Bronx. Since 2000, Powell has represented the 68th Assembly District, which includes parts of Harlem and East Harlem. He was defeated by veteran Congressman Charles Rangel in the 2010 Democratic Primary for the seat of the 15th Congressional District.
Powell (birth name: Adam Clayton Powell Diago)was born to Civil Rights leader and former congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and his third wife Yvette Diago in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Powell's maternal grandfather Gonzalo Diago was a mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico and served as such from 1941 to 1945. When his parents separated, Powell's mother was granted custody, and he was raised and educated in Puerto Rico. Powell has an older half-brother, Adam Clayton Powell III. In 1980, Adam Clayton Powell Diago changed his name to Adam Clayton Powell IV when he came to the United States to study at Howard University in Washington, DC. (He can be confused with his nephew, also named Adam Clayton Powell IV, son of Adam Clayton Powell III). He later earned a law degree from Fordham University in New York.
In preparation for his political life, in 1980, Adam Clayton Powell Diago changed his name to Adam Clayton Powell IV. He already had a nephew by that name: Adam Clayton Powell IV, son of Adam Clayton Powell III, leading to occasional confusion. Powell joined the Democratic Party in 1989 and ran successfully for the New York City Council in 1991. In 1994, Powell challenged Representative Charles B. Rangel for his seat in the United States House of Representatives, but lost. In 1997, he ran for Manhattan borough president, lost again, and moved back to Puerto Rico. For the next three years, Powell worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and managed his properties in Puerto Rico. There he participated in the Vieques protests, which demanded the departure of the U.S. Navy from that island. He was briefly married to Andrea Dial, a former Ebony Fashion Fair model. They had a son, Adam Clayton Powell V, before divorcing in the mid-1990s. After his return to New York and election to the state legislature, Powell was credited with passing the law known as SCRIE (Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption), which exempts seniors from paying any rent increases.In 2007, Powell was in Albany for 90% of the legislative session. In 2009, he attended 78.3% of the legislative sessions.
Fundraising Powell recruited Andonis Morfesi as the fundraising co-chair for his political campaigns. When asked to explain his recruitment, Powell acknowledged that Morfesi owned buildings in his city council district, but added that "A lot of guys wouldn't be on my contributors' list if I started digging into their records." Powell also recruited Pinnacle Management, like Andonis Morfesi, Pinnacle Management owns and operates many buildings in Powell's assembly district. When Powell ran for Congress in 1994, he raised $64,000, 10% of which came from New York State, the rest coming from Miami and New Jersey, including $5000 from Free Cuba PAC, Inc., headed by a leading figure in the Cuban-exile community Jorge Mas Canosa, who made a $1000 personal donation to Powell.
Campaign funds Powell spent $1,200 of his campaign funds traveling to Ireland. Powell said he accompanied several lawmakers on the Ireland trip, which was sponsored by the New York American-Irish Legislators Society as a means to raise awareness of the issues that affect the Irish community. Powell also paid out a substantial legal bill to his criminal defense lawyer Murray Richman, Esq. and Stacey Richman, Esq.On Monday December 14, 2009 the Daily News (New York) reported that Powell's campaign treasurer is also on Powell's Assembly payroll as a "constituent liaison."
Vehicular charges In 2008, Powell was arrested and charged for allegedly driving while intoxicated (DWI) on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York City. Powell's driver's license was suspended. On 25 March 2010 Powell was acquitted of driving while intoxicated and found guilty of the lesser charge of driving while impaired. Powell's license was suspended for ninety days and he was ordered to attend a drunk driving course and fined $300. No criminal record was created by the conviction as it is considered only a traffic violation. One juror commented, "the whole thing is we didn't think he was drunk." Congressional race, 2010
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2010 Powell lost to incumbent Representative Charles Rangel in the 2010 primary for the 15th district.