Carrion Leaving the Bronx for Washington

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Adolfo Carrion has served his last day as Bronx Borough President. He's joining the Obama Administration as Urban Policy Director. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Carrion's departure is expected to unleash a competitive battle over who will be the next Bronx Borough president. So far, Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr says he's in the race. Other candidates, including City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera, have expressed interested but so far they have not made any official announcements. A Diaz/Rivera race would pit two prominent Bronx political families against each other. The candidates are the sons of State Senator Ruben Diaz Senior and Assemblyman Jose Rivera, who recently lost his Bronx Democratic County chairmanship's seat. The Diazes broke ranks with Rivera and became part of the Rainbow Rebels, a coalition of black, Latino and white Bronx elected officials who challenged Rivera's leadership. After Mayor Bloomberg receives an official letter of resignation from Carrion, he's expected to announce a special election which would take place in 45 days.

For WNYC, I'm Elaine Rivera