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White House official's home repairs questioned

White House official's home repairs questioned

The new White House director of urban affairs hired an architect for his own home at the same time that a project the architect was working on was up for approval by his office.
Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, tapped by President Obama last month to head the Office on Urban Policy, hired architect Hugo Subotovsky in 2006 to design a renovation for his two-family house.
Subotovsky was part of a team seeking approval of a development called Boricua Village that included a 14-story college building and 679 units of housing. Carrion recommended approval of the project in 2007, and it then went to the city Planning Commission.
Carrion, 47, oversaw rapid development in the Bronx including 40,000 new units of housing and 50 new schools. Real estate developers were among his biggest campaign donors, and campaign finance records show that Subotovsky and the team behind Boricua Village gave Carrion tens of thousands of dollars.
A spokesman for Carrion told The Associated Press he did not immediately have any comment Tuesday.
The Daily News, which reported the potential conflict on Tuesday, said Carrion would not say how much he paid the architect.
"I hired an architect on an arm's-length commercial basis to draw up plans for a renovation, as required by city law," Carrion told the News. "That was completely unrelated to my professional activities and entirely proper."
A White House spokesman did not immediately comment on the report Tuesday.
Good government advocates said Carrion should disclose what he paid Subotovsky.
"It's very concerning," said Dick Dadey, executive director of the Citizens Union. "He needs to come clean and provide proof that this was all above board."
Dadey noted that former Alaska Gov. Ted Stevens was convicted last October of lying on Senate disclosure documents about hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and home renovations.


Updated : 2021-02-27 21:26 GMT+08:00