FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON THE SELECTION OF ADOLFO CARRION AS WHITE HOUSE DIRECTOR OF URBAN AFFAIRS
"Adolfo Carrion has been an important partner in some of our boldest projects and most innovative policies, and I congratulate him on his selection as White House Director of Urban Affairs.
"Whether it was the parkland funded through the construction of the water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park, community improvements included in the Yankee stadium project, assistance in forming the Bronx Family Justice Center, or the jobs created at the Gateway Center in the Bronx Terminal Market, Adolfo’s involvement made the projects better for the Bronx and its residents. He played an enormous role in the development of our South Bronx Initiative, a plan to revitalize an area that though it has made an impressive comeback still faces high rates of poverty. Adolfo’s commitment to fighting poverty is strengthened by his willingness to support innovative new approaches to entrenched urban problems and pursue sustainable development; he has been a strong voice for the environmental goals outlined in PlaNYC our vision of a greener, greater New York. Cities around the country face similar challenges to New York, and as mayors work together to address them, it’s encouraging to know that we will have such a strong ally within the White House.
"I am proud to see a Bronx native who once worked for the Department of City Planning and served as a pastor in his father’s church now head to the White House. In these challenging times, we need strong leaders more than ever, and while he will be missed in the Bronx, President Obama’s Administration will be gaining a real asset."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958