Sara Durr

About Sara Durr

Sara Durr is our Director of Communications at the Conference. She can be contacted by phone at 202-215-1811 or via email at sara@durrcommunications.com.

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018: “We applaud the United States Senate for their 99-1 strong bipartisan vote approving the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA) last night. “As President of the United [...]

By |2018-09-18T09:41:07+00:00September 18, 2018|News, Press Room|

As Climate Impacts Threaten Cities, Mayors Take Action

Cities Step in to Lead and Aggressively Fill Void Left by Federal Government   Survey: Mayors Leading the Way on Climate - 2018 SAN FRANCISCO—A survey released today by the United States Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in San Francisco points to mayors as a key force behind [...]

By |2018-09-11T15:14:12+00:00September 11, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on FCC’s Order Proposing to Usurp Local Property Rights

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on recent FCC proposals diminishing local government ownership rights over local rights-of-way and other public property: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly opposes recent proposals by the Federal Communications Commission to grant communications service providers subsidized access to local public property and to [...]

By |2018-09-10T18:39:46+00:00September 10, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Meeting with Treasury Secretary on Opportunity Zones

Washington, DC—Today, a bipartisan delegation of mayors, led by U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, met with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to discuss the importance of timely and effective IRS guidance to implement the Opportunity Zone provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  The delegation included Rochester [...]

By |2018-09-06T14:14:11+00:00September 6, 2018|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Applauds Seventh Circuit Decision to Lift Stay and Stop Attorney General from Imposing “Sanctuary Cities” Conditions on its Members

Washington, DC— Mayors across the country applaud yesterday afternoon’s ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that enables U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) members to receive Byrne JAG public safety grants without having to adhere to unconstitutional and illegal conditions imposed on that funding by the Attorney General. USCM recently sued in the U.S. [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:39:37+00:00August 30, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Senator John McCain’s Passing

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Senator John McCain’s passing: “I was watching a movie about superheroes with my young daughters this evening when I learned that America had lost a real life hero. I had the opportunity to explain to them in [...]

By |2018-08-25T22:11:15+00:00August 25, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the EPA’s Proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the EPA’s proposed affordable clean energy rule: “We are extremely disappointed that the Environmental Protection Agency, through their proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule, has chosen to dramatically weaken our nation’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “With [...]

By |2018-08-21T14:07:12+00:00August 21, 2018|News, Press Room|

As Trump Administration Considers Reduction of Refugee Cap for 2019, Nation’s Mayors Push for Increase

Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), led by USCM President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin and USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to increase, not decrease, refugee admission levels in 2019. The most recent policy adopted by USCM on this issue calls for [...]

By |2018-08-06T14:09:26+00:00August 6, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on FCC’s Actions Against Local Governments and Their Property Rights

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the FCC’s actions yesterday against local governments and their property rights: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly opposes actions by the Federal Communications Commission that will subordinate local governments and their property rights to the benefit of the nation’s communications [...]

By |2018-08-03T10:51:37+00:00August 3, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Federal Government’s Efforts to Reunify Separated Families

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the federal government’s efforts to reunify separated families: “While America's mayors are pleased that federal authorities reported last night that they have reunited more than 1,800 children separated from their parents at the border, we remain deeply [...]

By |2018-07-27T10:04:51+00:00July 27, 2018|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors and Ohio Mayors Alliance Release Report on Ohio Metro Economies

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Ohio Mayors Alliance today released a report on July 19, 2018 on the importance of Ohio city metro areas to the future growth of the Ohio economy.   The report highlights that in 2017, 83.5% of the State’s jobs and 86.1% of its wages were generated in Ohio’s 14 [...]

U.S. Conference of Mayors Sues U.S. Department of Justice

Asks Court to Reinstate Nationwide Injunction of Immigration-related Conditions on Byrne JAG Grants Chicago, IL – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) filed a complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on July 16, 2018.   “We took this action on behalf of our members because [...]

By |2018-07-17T14:48:22+00:00July 17, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors Leadership and CEO on President Trump’s Remarks in Helsinki

Washington, DC—Below is statement by the top officers of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)--President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, Vice President and Rochester Hills (MI) Mayor Bryan Barnett, Second Vice President and Louisville (KY) Mayor Greg Fischer; Chair of USCM’s International Affairs Committee Dayton (OH) Mayor Nan Whaley; and USCM’s CEO & Executive [...]

By |2018-07-17T12:01:23+00:00July 17, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President & Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin On Federal Government Failing to Meet Deadline to Reunify Separated Families

WASHINGTON, DC — Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the federal government failing to meet a court-imposed deadline to reunify separated families: “As America’s mayors, leaders and parents, we are disappointed by the news that federal authorities are unable to comply with a June 26 [...]

By |2018-07-10T19:41:28+00:00July 10, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Tell Washington: Reunite Families Now & Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Bipartisan Group of 140 Mayors Send Letter to Administration & Congress; Demand Immediate Action & Transparency WASHINGTON, DC — Today, 140 bipartisan mayors from 35 states and the District of Columbia led by United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin issued a letter to the Trump Administration and Congress calling for the immediate [...]

By |2018-07-10T06:57:18+00:00July 2, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Capital Gazette Shooting

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the shooting at the offices of The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD: “The tragedy that took place at The Capital Gazette, the 154th mass shooting to take place in our country in 2018 alone, was preventable. The [...]

By |2018-06-29T11:18:56+00:00June 29, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold President Trump’s Travel Ban

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors is disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the President’s travel ban to proceed but respects the highest court in the [...]

By |2018-06-26T14:32:26+00:00June 26, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Head to Tornillo, Texas to Call for Immediate Reunification of Separated Families

U.S. Conference of Mayors President & Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Leads Bipartisan Delegation on Thursday, June 21, 2018 NEW LOCATION FOR PRESS CONFERENCE Tornillo Guadalupe Toll Plaza 1398 Lower Island Road | Fabens, TX 79838 Washington, D.C. – Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, a [...]

By |2018-07-02T09:57:20+00:00June 20, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin on President Trump’s Executive Order Addressing Family Separation

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on President Trump’s Executive Order addressing family separation: “President Trump signed an executive order that will put an end to the separation of families at the border. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, we [...]

By |2018-06-20T15:47:39+00:00June 20, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Head to Tornillo, Texas to Protest Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy

U.S. Conference of Mayors President & Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Leads Bipartisan Delegation on Thursday, June 21, 2018 Press Conference Scheduled for 9 am MDT Tornillo Migrant Facility Washington, D.C. – Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, a bipartisan delegation of mayors from across the [...]

By |2018-06-20T12:36:46+00:00June 19, 2018|Media Advisories, News|