Mayors' conference tackles new issues facing cities

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

federal government.



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

security.



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

visit.



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

basis.



"We will be re-examining our public relations for the March tour," added

Solomon.



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