NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Harlem congressman Charlie Rangel says he’ll run for a 22nd term despite his conviction on House ethics charges.

In a statement released Tuesday night, the 81-year-old Rangel made it official, putting to rest rumors that he would step aside. He’s been a political mainstay in Harlem since 1971.

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At the end of 2010, Rangel, a Democrat, was convicted of 11 ethics violations.

They include failure to pay some taxes and using congressional resources to raise money for an academic center bearing his name.

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He was censured by the House last year; that’s the most serious congressional penalty short of expulsion.

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