At a Glance
- Career History: White House Director of Urban Affairs (February 2009-May 2010)Bronx Borough President (since 2001); President of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (since 2007); City Council member (1998 to 2000)
- Birthday: March 6, 1961
- Hometown: Manhattan, N.Y.
- Alma Mater: Kings College, B.A. (world religions), Hunter College, M.A. (urban planning)
- Spouse: Linda
- Religion: Pentecostal
- Office: Jacob K. Javits Federal Building26 Federal Plaza, Room 3541New York, NY 10278-0068
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Path to Power
Carrion was born in Manhattan in 1961. His father, a Protestant minister, inspired his son to go into preaching. His mother, a full-time mom, gave him "a daily dose of the golden rule."
Carrion moved to the Bronx when he was in fourth grade. He earned his undergraduate degree in world religions from Kings College and then became an associate pastor at a Bronx church.
Carrion believes in using businesses and development to improve the quality of life across the Bronx. While in office, he has emphasized bringing big-box stores to the area, redeveloping commercial districts and encouraging large-scale builders to bring their projects to the borough.
"Some people have described what we're going through now as the largest boom since the 1920s," Carrion told the National Real Estate Investor . Since his election, 35,000 housing units were built and $1.6 billion was invested in borough property. Still, the area is struggling - unemployment was at 8.3 percent in 2008, and the number of families living below the poverty line in 2004 was at 28 percent.
Carrion's close relationship with Mayor Michael Bloomberg has helped him push his Bronx agenda. He is also friends with New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, who will probably run for mayor. He has said that he does not want to run against him for any elected office.
Carrion endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) early in the2008 presidential contest, as did most other New York politicians. However, once Obama sealed the nomination, Carrion was an active campaigner for the president, travelling across the country to speak on his behalf. He focused particularly on states with large Hispanic populations. Carrion also attended a fundraiser in Chicago. He told the New York Observer that he met Obama 's "friends and supporters, very intimate people with Senator Obama " while there. "We're going to work together," he claimed.