NEW YORK: Mayors from across the nation used the 70th Annual Winter
Meeting of the US Conference of Mayors to raise a number of issues with
The conference convened in Washington, DC, on January 22-24 and then
traveled by train for a two-day visit to New York that including a tour
of Ground Zero led by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Over 200 mayors appeared on Good Morning America to discuss a National
Action Plan devised in the wake of September 11.
The conference attempted to draw attention to the difficulties faced by
cities, which are coping with dwindling tourism, a poor economy, and
security issues. According to Andy Solomon, director of public affairs,
US cities will need $2.6 billion to sufficiently improve homeland
During the week, mayoral press secretaries attended a seminar about how
to deal with crises. Rhonda Spears, communications director for New
Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, discussed how she dealt with a hurricane
evacuation, while Tony Bullock, communications director to DC Mayor
Anthony Williams, discussed how they dealt with the Anthrax problem.
Mayors also discussed their agenda on the CBS Early Show and with CNN's
Jeff Greenfield. CNNfn, CNBC, Fox News and NPR also covered the
Print coverage included major pieces by USA Today, AP and Reuters.
Edelman assisted the organization with media relations for its Winter
Meeting, but according to Solomon, they work on a month-to-month
"We will be re-examining our public relations for the March tour," added