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Urban Affairs Czar Cut, But Was Already Vacant

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 03:14 PM

The czars are gone! At least, that was one of the sexier headlines this morning as details finally emerged about the $39 billion in cuts this year.

Three of the four eliminated czar posts, Politico points out, were already vacant. That includes the Urban Affairs czar post, that was created by President Obama at the start of his term to, in the Obama's words, "bring long overdue attention to the urban areas where 80 percent of the American people live and work."

That seat was occupied by former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion -- for about a year. Carrion left last May to become the regional Housing and Urban Development director for New York and New Jersey.

Another New Yorker, Derek R. B. Douglas, continues to advise President Obama on urban issues. The former Paterson aide was named special assistant the President on urban affairs when Carrion was tapped. He sits on the White House Domestic Policy Council, and is one of two staff members listed on the Office of Urban Affairs website.

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