February 19th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

New Yorkers to head new urban affairs office

Two-term Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion will serve as Director of the Office on Urban Affairs.
Two-term Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion will serve as Director of the Office on Urban Affairs.

(CNN) - The newly-launched Office on Urban Affairs will have a Big Apple flavor.

Two-term Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion will lead the office, reporting directly to the president, bringing attention to urban areas and coordinating federal programs. Derek Douglas, who served as the state’s chief lobbyist in Washington, will be named Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs

The new office “ will focus on wise investments and development in our urban areas that will create employment and housing opportunities and make our country more competitive, prosperous, and strong," said President Obama in a statement released Wednesday.


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  1. walleye

    For you idiots out there – there is a difference between being a lobbyist for a big corporation and being one for a state where you are trying to help your citizens. I have to laugh at those who criticise Obama after a week or a month, but are too blinded by their ideology to see the errors of the criminals we had in office for 8 years.

    February 19, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. NY republican

    Proud American – there will be no Rural Affairs office, not enough votes per acre out where we are!!! ACORN would get lost.

    February 19, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Herbert

    People like Liz in DC are what's wrong with this country. They take no responsibility for their own actions, or pride in their own neighborhood. They do, however, hold their hand out for any sort of government stipend that's available. Too bad we can't round such people up and stuff them into wood chippers.

    February 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Matthew, Detroit

    "The Guy is nothing more than the Secretary of Acorn".

    Good Point.

    You have to love what I wrote about the beer. It is exactly how people think. No one wants to work and somehow the left wing think we owe someone something. Tell them to get off their butts and get a job.

    February 19, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Matthew, Detroit

    RICCO.

    The 2.6 Trillion that Barack will spend in the next 1 – 2 years is not all the same thing.

    797 billion for stimulus is (1) bill.
    350 billion TARP fund is the second half of the bill signed in the fall.
    (saved for the savior to spend on how he sees fit.
    1 trillion for bank bail out is (1) spending package just announced by Geithner.
    17 billion and now additional 14 billion for AUTOMOTIVE is not TARP
    75 billion for MORTGAGE (1) spending package just anounced.

    YOU NEED TO READ RICCO – Get someone to read it for you. Ask CHRIS MATTHEWS on HARDBALL/ MSNBC he spelled it out yesterday.

    February 19, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Dutch – I bet most of them do and the rest of them can't speak English!

    February 19, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Wigreve

    Regarding the newly-launched Office on Urban Affairs.

    You guys reported :
    The new office “ will focus on wise investments and development in our urban areas that will create employment and housing opportunities and make our country more competitive, prosperous, and strong," said President Obama in a statement released Wednesday.

    it seams you left out a lot of news. So, exactly what is the plan. What guidance and guidelines has president Obama given these Urban Specialist.. What particular federal programs will they instruct participation. Will any particular group benefit over another. Is the equal protection guaranteed to the citizens of the United States being violated. Give us in depth news not biased drivel.

    Are there not implementation plans for these federal programs within the bills that created them.

    The taxpayers will be getting double billed to institute the intended results of the federal programs already in place.

    February 19, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. KT

    waaaaaah.......all you crybabies need to stop. I didn't here anyone complaining when that idiot W spent billions on an unnecessary war. But there is outrage when the new President wants to make sure EVERY American has an opportunity to leave a comfortable life? gimme a break

    President Obama pledged to look out for all Americans and that includes the ones in the innercities who have been neglected for far too long. You rural and suburbanites have benefitted from better schools and public services for years and now cry foul when the playing field is attempted to be levelled.

    I live in the Bronx and I know Carrion personally and he is a hard working man and cares about the people of the Bronx. There is no better choice to lead this office and he will do a fine job.

    February 19, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Jackie in Dallas

    I'm glad someone pointed out that Carrion is not black, but Hispanic. A side effect of profiling our new President, I would presume.

    Maggie, these positions will greatly benefit the taxpayers, especially those that live in and around big cities with urban blight. By encouraging growth and the rebuilding of downtowns, they increase the taxbase for the city, and encourage job growth.

    To those who say urban blight is brought on by the minorities that live there, oops, wrong. It is the other way around. They live there because the rents are so much lower because of the blight. And that blight started back in the late 40s and 50s when living in the suburbs became the "in" thing to do.

    In Dallas, an area that was once a major blight area, filled with drug dealers and other shady characters has been rehabilitated into a development of condos and office buildings in a community setting. This has helped revitalize a whole area. Another area that used to be run down warehouses now houses artist studios, clubs, restaurants and small businesses. These types of developments are what these two new offices are to encourage. Hopefully, they will encourage the bringing back of business, living quarters and community needs to downtown areas and stop some of the flight out to suburbs. Of course, it helps that downtown Dallas now has a light rail system, but that system needs expansion to outlying areas to encourage those who live, like I do, in the suburbs to come downtown for museums, shows, business, etc.

    February 19, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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