Hillary Clinton Holds Rally at Apollo Theater, Visits Harlem Coffee Shop

Democrat Hillary Clinton is kicking efforts to win the New York primary next month with a visit to the nation's most iconic historically African-American neighborhood.

Clinton, who has enjoyed broad support from black voters in the race against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, led a rally on Wednesday at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Clinton, who has a home in Westchester, paid tribute to the eight years she spent in the Senate representing the state, recalling how she fought to secure federal benefits for first responders sickened after working at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.

She praised the city's diversity and spirit to rebuild after the devastating attacks. She was introduced by her partner in the Senate, Charles Schumer, who Hillary said hoped would be Majority Leader of the Senate next year.

Before the rally, Clinton went to a bakery on West 115th Street with Rep. Charlie Rangel, who represents parts of Harlem.

During the visit to the cafe, she said she was looking forward to campaigning "across the state that took a chance on me" when she was elected to the Senate in 2000.

Sanders is expected to kick off his campaign in New York Thursday in the Bronx.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich attended a town hall in Queens Wednesday, and his GOP rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, came to Manhattan last week. 

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