Adolfo Carrión Appointed Director of Office on Urban Policy

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Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión is moving to Washington! President Barack Obama recently tapped the NYC politico to be the first director of the newly created Office on Urban Policy. After months of speculation about a possible appointment for Carrión, Obama put the doubters to rest with the announcement this past Wednesday.

In the new position, Carrión, a former urban planner who since 2002 has been the president of one of the poorest counties in the nation, will report directly to the President and will be focused on addressing issues such as housing and transportation that many cities have been struggling with.

Carrión, 47, has a master's degree in urban planning from Hunter College and was previously a city councilman, a community board district manager and a a public school teacher. His appointment has been heralded in some political circles as a token of appreciation for the large Latino contingent that helped elect President Obama.

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