SOURCE: U.S. Conference of Mayors

U.S. Conference of Mayors

October 13, 2016 11:02 ET

Trump Campaign Ignores Nation's Mayors Invite for Forum on Urban Issues

Mayors Cornett, Landrieu, Benjamin, de Blasio, Rawlings-Blake, & Berry Host Bipartisan Forum; Keeping Cities Strong: A Mayoral Forum On Transportation, Water & Energy

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - October 13, 2016) -

The United States Conference of Mayors & NYU Wagner Graduate School
October 13 | New York City

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, in partnership with the NYU Wagner Graduate School for Public Service, is hosting at noon today a bipartisan discussion with six mayors from across the country on why infrastructure in U.S. cities is key to both economic security and public safety and to urge a stronger federal partnership with cities.

The Honorable Edward G. Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011), Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000) and Co-Chair of Building America's Future will represent Hillary Clinton.

Despite repeated efforts by USCM to identify a representative to speak, the Trump campaign ignored the nation's mayors invitation to discuss in more detail Mr. Trump's positions on the condition of the country's roads, bridges, water and sewer systems and other infrastructure.

"We regret that Mr. Trump has not sent a surrogate to be with us today. We have earnestly tried to work with the Trump Campaign to secure a representative to be here at this United States Conference of Mayors /NYU bipartisan National Infrastructure Forum, approved and planned months ago," said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

"At our last USCM Leadership Meeting, we appreciated the Trump Campaign sending Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. She was warmly received. We will continue to pursue as a bipartisan organization the opportunity to discuss with the Trump Campaign our common vision and action to strengthen and modernize the infrastructure of our nation."

Under the leadership of USCM President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM Vice President New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, USCM Second Vice President Columbia, SC Mayor Stephen Benjamin, USCM Trustee New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, USCM Past President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and USCM Advisory Board Member Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, the mayors seek to engage in an interactive question-and-answer session on each campaign's infrastructure policy agenda. NY1 News Political Anchor Errol Louis will moderate the session.

With more than 80 percent of the people in this country living in cities and their metropolitan areas, cities are clearly magnets for growth. Over the next 30 years, 66 million people will move to cities and their metro areas, accounting for 96 percent of the nation's total population growth.

Because our nation's roads are already congested, our water systems suffer from aging and leaking pipes, and our electrical grid needs modernization, mayors believe the Presidential aspirants and their policy agendas should be focused on cities and urban areas. Further, mayors will stress that cities are home to innovation, creativity and cultural diversity, thus they need federal support and a national infrastructure policy that directs funding to metro areas which are the lifeblood of our economy.

Oklahoma City, OK Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM President
New York City, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, USCM Trustee
New Orleans, LA Mayor Mitch Landrieu, USCM Vice President
Columbia, SC Mayor Stephen Benjamin, USCM Second Vice President
Baltimore, MD Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, USCM Immediate Past President
Albuquerque, NM Mayor Richard J. Berry, USCM Advisory Board
The Honorable Edward Rendell, Hillary Clinton Campaign Surrogate
Tom Cochran, USCM CEO & Executive Director
Errol Louis, NY1 News Political Anchor & Moderator
Sherry Glied, NYU Wagner Dean and Professor of Public Service

Thursday, October 13, 2016 | Forum 12:00pm-1:30pm | Doors Open11:30am

SVA Theatre | 333 West 23 Street, New York NY 10011

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