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

Nation's Mayors to Meet With President Bush Thursday, January 24

WASHINGTON (January 23, 2002) - Nearly three hundred of the nation's mayors will meet with President Bush at the White House Thursday, January 24, 2002. The mayors hope to discuss federal aid to cities to defray the increased cost of security and readiness cities have faced since September 11.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors released today a new survey that projected that U.S. cities will spend more than $2.6 billion in additional security expenditures between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2002.

WHAT: A meeting with the nation's mayors and President Bush.

A press availability will follow the meeting with New Orleans Mayor and Conference President Marc H. Morial; Boston Mayor and Conference Vice President Thomas M. Menino; Hempstead (NY) Mayor James A. Garner; Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory; Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood; and Minnetonka (Minn.) Mayor Karen J. Anderson.

WHERE: Meeting with President: White House, East Room; Availability to follow: White House driveway

WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2002 - 9:00 a.m.

Note: Only journalists with White House credentials or those who have previously submitted clearance information to the Conference of Mayors will be admitted. Cameras must be pre-set no later than 8:00 a.m. Other press must arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. All press should enter via the Northwest Gate.

Lina Garcia: (202) 861-6719
Craig Brownstein: (202) 390-1602