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Bronx BEEP to Join Obama Administration

Thursday, February 19, 2009

President Obama has tapped Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. to head the newly-created White House Office of Urban Policy.

Harry Moroz of the public policy think tank, the Drum Major Institute, says the creation of an office on Urban Policy signals a federal commitment to urban areas not seen since the Carter administration. He says the office is needed now more than ever, as cities await billions of dollars in funds from the economic stimulus package.

MOROZ: He's going to have someone in the White House who's sorting through spending priorities, you know, metro areas -urban areas contain the majority of the population and produce the majority of the nation's GDP.

REPORTER: Carrion is a former urban planner who has served as Bronx Borough President since 2002.

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