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Sources say that Obama is going to tap Adolfo Carrión Jr. to serve as director of the newly created White House Office of Urban Policy.

Carrión is the current president of the Bronx Borough, and was formerly a specialist in the New York City Department of City Planning as well as a member of the New York City Council. Obama has said the new post is needed “to ensure that all federal dollars targeted to urban areas are effectively spent on the highest-impact programs.”

Also, over the weekend, Obama announced in his weekly address that New York City housing commissioner Shaun Donovan will head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Still no word on who’s going to fill the Department of Transportation slot, which will also play an important role in urban affairs.