Congressman Gregory Meeks Statement on White House Appointment of Adolpho Carrion to Director of Urban Policy

Feb 19, 2009

(WASHINGTON, DC)– Congressman Gregory Meeks released the following statement today in recognition of White House Appointment Adolpho Carrion:

“President Obama has my utmost praises for creating this new office of Urban Policy that will better facilitate federal efforts to help bring economic relief to America's urban communities. President Obama understands that in order to effectively execute a boost for the U.S. economy that much of the planning has to start on the local level. He has chosen a highly effective and sound leader, Adolpho Carrion, for this position and I am delighted that he is the second person appointed from New York to his administration.

Adolpho Carrion has been a phenomenal President for the Borough of Bronx, New York and has served his constituents of the Bronx with tremendous dedication and has provided astounding opportunities and resources to meet their needs. Carrion has served as Borough President of one of the nation's poorest urban counties since 2002.  In his role as Borough President he has secured 40,000 new units of housing, 50 new schools, $7 billion in capital and infrastructure expenditures and more than $400 million in new parks and parkland renovation. He has been extremely effective in boosting the economy for the Bronx through job creation and development while preserving the natural resources in the Bronx. 

In his new position as Director of White House Urban Policy Office he will be coordinating federal programs dealing with housing, transportation and other related issues to help effectively target federal money to cities that are struggling across the U.S. He has my utmost enthusiastic support as our nation’s new director of White House Urban Policy and I am confident that his expertise in urban development will bring effective relief to our nation’s poorest cities,” said Congressman Meeks.