Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Bronx BP Mum on Possible Obama Post
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
New York, NY —
Is Adolfo Carrion set to head a new White House office of urban policy? The Bronx borough president drew attention two weeks ago when he reportedly told students he'd be heading to a new job in DC. But now he's trying to be a little more discreet. WNYC's Arun Venugopal caught up him at a Hanukah event.
MUSIC: I had a little dreidel...
REPORTER: Adolfo Carrion's in a bit of a bind. He can't really say whether he has a job in the Obama administration. But his supporters repeatedly - and publicly - wish him well on his future journey, like at this Hanukkah event in the Bronx. Just as he gently taps down the rumor, a woman approaches and wishes him good luck in Washington.
CARRION/WOMAN: Thank you... Do us proud....thank you, thank you.
REPORTER: But Carrion insists he's still the borough president, and any speculation otherwise is premature. For all the support he has locally, others in the Bronx say Carrion's not qualified for the Obama administration, and that he sold out the community while securing funds for the new Yankee stadium. For WNYC, I'm Arun Venugopal.