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Carrion Off to Washington? Some Hope Not
December 11th, 2008

When Bronx Brorough President Aldofo Carrion told a group of Yale students he had received a congratulatory phone call from U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton about his selection for a cabinet-level position within the new Obama Administration, he oddly thought it wouldn’t leave the room.

Although it has been rumored for weeks that he may receive some appointment, the slip added fuel to a fiery debate about his qualifications for such a job.

Most recently, Tom Robbins of the Village Voice penned a satirical piece listing reasons he’d make a good secretary for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Among the listing was his success in gathering campaign contributions from real estate interests and his purging of community board members that did not support the Yankees Stadium deal.

Members of that community board are intent not to let those actions be relegated to the dustbin of history. One ousted member has organized a letter writing campaign to keep him out of the cabinet.

And Andrew Wolf, publisher of two Bronx newspapers, has started adolfocarrion.com to thwart any appointment. “Carrion has shown no real initiative to rebuild the Bronxs economic standing, and at best has stayed out of the way while other offices worked,” Wolf writes. “The Bronxs unemployment rate is still the highest in the state, and its poverty rate is still one of the highest in the nation. That was true when Carrion came into power, and that remains true today.”

An anonymous online petition against his appointment to an Obama Administration has been started as well, but includes only 33 signatures so far.

The former urban planner does have his supporters, however.

His name was included on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ list of potential Latino candidates they’d like to be considered for cabinet positions.

El Diario also makes the case for him. The paper notes that investment in residential development in the Bronx has increased 300 percent under his helm. Such experience, coupled with a national perspective gained as president of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, makes him qualified to run H.U.D. in their eyes.

In the end, Carrion’s opponents may get their wish, if only because he didn’t keep quiet about the appointment, writes the Washington Independent. If that’s the case, then he is likely to continue pursuing the comptroller’s office. That would be the race in which he was “100 percent certain about” running for only weeks ago, notes NYC Latino Politics.

By on December 11, 2008, 3:49 pm
In category: Governing,Land Use,Parks,Public Finance | 4 Comments »

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4 Responses to “Carrion Off to Washington? Some Hope Not”

  1. K2K Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    The online petition now has 49 signatures, though mine never got posted. It seems only people from OUTSIDE The Bronx favor Carrion for Office of Urban Policy.

    Bronxites can only want him to get the job so we can be rid of him. But that is too great a price for America’s cities.

    Majora Carter has done more for The Bronx than Carrion ever tried not to.

  2. HAILE RIVERA Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I know that some may not agree that Adolfo is worth of a post in Obama’s administration but as you already know, I differ on this. Adolfo is the best Latino out there worthy of a post. I did not noticed much support for him to be a possible pick as the next US Senator from New York but I hope we can cheer his candidacy for this coveted post without ANY reservations. Simply put, he is prepared and deserves it. And for those of us who have been advcating for more Latino representation in all levels of government, we should celebrate (as soon as it is confirmed and announced by the President-elect).

  3. IS ADOLFO CARRION QUALIFIED FOR A CABINET POSITION? — NYC Latino Politics Says:
    December 19th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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  4. ED Hardy Belts Says:
    January 5th, 2012 at 2:37 am

    The next time I learn a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I imply, I do know it was my option to read, but I actually thought youd have something attention-grabbing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you may repair if you happen to werent too busy on the lookout for attention.

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