From Sunlen Miller
The Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Adolfo Carrión, is leaving his White House position to become the Regional Director for the Department of Housing and Urban Development for New York and New Jersey.
“As the first director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Adolfo Carrion embraced President Obama’s vision for urban America and worked to make our cities and metropolitan areas more economically competitive, environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive,” White House spokesman Corey Ealons said in a statement. “Adolfo set the foundation for the work of the office, developing the framework for agencies to work more closely with these communities to address the challenges they face, and listening to elected officials, community leaders and policy experts around the country as we shaped this new action-oriented agenda.”
President Obama appointed the former Bronx Borough President in February of last year.
Shortly after, the New York Daily News reported that Mr. Carrión pocketed campaign contributions from city developers whose projects he approved or funded with taxpayers’ money.
Last month the New York Daily News also reported that Carrión has been seeking to return to New York to get re-engaged in New York politics, perhaps to become Andrew Cuomo’s lieutenant governor.
In his new job, Carrión will serve as a liaison between HUD, mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, congressional delegations in the region, HUD says.
"The federal agencies are now working in a robust collaborative process to ensure we are getting the best return on investment in economic development, smart infrastructure, and building strong neighborhoods," Carrión said in a paper statement. "I look forward to working with the team at HUD, across all 10 regions, and with our congressional partners, city and county leaders and the private sector, to secure a better future for America's families."
Carrión’s replacement has not been announced yet by the White House.