January 22-24, 2002: Washington, DC
January 24-26, 2002: New York City

Homeland Defense and Economic Security Will Top Agenda Jan. 22-26

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WASHINGTON (January 18, 2002) - Three hundred mayors from across the nation will gather in Washington, DC and New York City to discuss homeland defense and economic security issues at their 70th annual winter meeting on January 22-26, 2002. For the first time, mayors will split the meeting between two cities in a dramatic show of support by America's cities for New York City and its new mayor.

The first two days of the meeting in Washington will focus on homeland security issues. There will also be a session on the nation's affordable housing crisis. Mayors will then board a special Amtrak Acela Express train to New York City for the second half of the meeting, which will focus primarily on economic security issues facing America's cities. Working press covering any part of the meeting will be required to (1) register, either on site or in advance at http://usmayors.org/70thWinterMeeting/ and (2) show a valid press identification with photograph. Only registered, credentialed members of the press will be permitted access to meeting events.

Most Washington events will take place at the Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K Streets, NW, where a working press room will be available. An updated advisory covering the New York portion of the meeting will be issued next week.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today, each represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the Mayor.

Andy Solomon (202) 861-6766
Lina Garcia (202) 861-6719
Chris Hayes (202) 326-1768