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 sdurr@usmayors.org.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Appoints Chicago Mayor As Chair Of Criminal & Social Justice Committee

Honolulu, HI – Today, during the 87th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot was appointed to serve as Chair of USCM’s Criminal and Social Justice Committee. Mayor Lightfoot was appointed by USCM President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Mayor Lightfoot brings a wide range of experience to this position,” said

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wells Fargo Award $1 Million to Cities for Local Revitalization, Economic Development, Job Creation

Mayors and nonprofits in Albuquerque, N.M.; Atlanta; New Haven, Conn.; Romeoville, Ill., receive top honors in CommunityWINS program HONOLULU and SAN FRANCISCO – July 1, 2019 – The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo today announced that Mayors Tim Keller of Albuquerque, N.M.; Keisha Bottoms of Atlanta; Toni Harp of New Haven, Conn.; and

By |2019-06-30T18:31:30-04:00June 30, 2019|87th Annual Meeting (Honolulu 2019), News, Press Room|

Mars Petcare and U.S. Conference of Mayors Announce 2019 better cities for pets™ Grant Recipients

Grants Awarded to Three Cities to Support Pet-Friendly Initiatives HONOLULU, June 28, 2019 – Today, BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™, a Mars Petcare program, in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), announced its 2019 grant recipients: St. Petersburg, Fla., Dayton, Ohio, and Key West, Fla. with grants totaling $60,000. Each of the three cities will

By |2019-06-30T17:00:09-04:00June 30, 2019|87th Annual Meeting (Honolulu 2019), News, Press Room|

Plano & Aguadilla Deemed “Most Livable” Cities in America

U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces 2019 City Livability Award Winners at Annual Meeting in Honolulu | Saturday, June 29 Honolulu (HI) — Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and Aguadilla (PR) Mayor Carlos Méndez Martínez have been awarded first place honors in the 2019 City Livability Awards Program during The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 87th Annual Meeting

By |2019-06-30T14:05:59-04:00June 29, 2019|87th Annual Meeting (Honolulu 2019), News, Press Room|

Los Angeles and Fayetteville Mayors Win Top Climate Awards

Annual Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards Announced at U.S. Conference of Mayors 87th Annual Meeting in Honolulu Honolulu, HI  – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Fayetteville, AR Mayor Lioneld Jordan won top honors in this year’s Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards.  The two mayors, joined by 10 other mayoral awardees, were honored today during the annual

By |2019-06-28T12:45:05-04:00June 28, 2019|87th Annual Meeting (Honolulu 2019), News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Supreme Court’s Ruling on Census Citizenship Question

Washington, DC—The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census: Mayor Steve Benjamin (Columbia SC), U.S. Conference of Mayors President “The nation’s mayors are greatly encouraged by the Supreme Court’s decision today to block the citizenship question from

By |2019-06-30T14:26:34-04:00June 27, 2019|Press Room|

Chairman Peter DeFazio To Address Nation’s Mayors In Honolulu

Speech to Focus on Infrastructure Investment, Re-Authorization of Surface Transportation Bill June 28, 2019 at 2:15 pm HST Washington, D.C. – On Friday, June 28, Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will address the nation’s mayors during the U.S. Conference of Mayors 87th Annual Meeting.  The Chairman will speak

By |2019-06-24T21:35:42-04:00June 21, 2019|87th Annual Meeting (Honolulu 2019), News, Press Room|

Statement By U.S. Conference of Mayors President on Death of Sacramento Police Officer

Washington, D.C. – Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, on the death of Sacramento (CA) Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan: “Mayors across the country mourn the tragic death of Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan. The death of a police officer while on the job is one of the

By |2019-06-20T19:53:59-04:00June 20, 2019|News, Press Room|

Statement By U.S. Conference of Mayors on Senate Panel’s Emergency Border Funding

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Emergency Border Funding package: “America’s mayors applaud the Senate Appropriations Committee’s inclusion of $30 million to reimburse local governments and non-governmental organizations for the care of homeless migrants in the border supplemental measure it reported out

By |2019-06-19T17:15:55-04:00June 19, 2019|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors to Host Annual Meeting in Honolulu

Immigration, Trade, Affordable Housing, Census, Jobs, Climate Top Agenda June 28 – July 1, 2019 Washington, D.C. – For the first time since 1963, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) will hold its Annual Meeting in Honolulu (HI).  Under the leadership of USCM President Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and host Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, more than 200

By |2019-06-13T15:16:47-04:00June 13, 2019|Media Advisories, News|

Mayors from United States, Mexico, and Canada to Gather for First North American Mayors Summit

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to Address Mayors During Meeting June 7 – 8, 2019 in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico Washington, DC— On June 7, more than 100 mayors from the United States, Mexico and Canada will gather for the first-ever North American Mayors Summit to exchange ideas and discuss common issues affecting their

By |2019-06-07T16:02:52-04:00June 7, 2019|Media Advisories, News|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on House Passage of the DREAM Act

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, on House passage the latest version of the DREAM Act: “America’s Mayors commend the House for its bipartisan passage of the DREAM Act yesterday.  This important legislation will enable Dreamers – people who have lived in America since they

By |2019-06-05T19:26:05-04:00June 5, 2019|News, Press Room|

Border Mayors Urge Congress to Fund Humanitarian Efforts in Cities

Washington, DC—Today, 22 bipartisan mayors, representing cities on or near the southern border sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging support for funding and resources to help their communities address the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border. In the letter, Mayors asked that a portion of the supplemental funds to the disaster relief bill currently being discussed be

By |2019-05-21T16:01:18-04:00May 21, 2019|News, Press Room|

U.S. Delegation of Mayors to Visit Poland

U.S. Conference of Mayors Leadership Mission Includes Meetings with Local and State Officials May 21 – May 28, 2019 Washington, DC—Under the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, a delegation of mayors including USCM Vice President Rochester Hills (MI) Mayor Bryan Barnett, USCM 2nd Vice President Louisville

By |2019-06-01T11:42:10-04:00May 21, 2019|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Trump Administration’s Immigration Plan

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Trump Administration’s immigration proposal: “The nation’s mayors have long called on Congress and the Administration to fix our broken immigration system. While we are pleased the President is offering a plan and starting a discussion, we have

By |2019-05-16T18:10:44-04:00May 16, 2019|News, Press Room|

Statement: U.S. Conference of Mayors President on Shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on yesterday’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch: “Once again students have been attacked in their school.  This time it occurred in Highlands Ranch, CO, just eight miles from Columbine High School.  One student died after trying to stop

By |2019-05-08T09:34:26-04:00May 8, 2019|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Shooting at Chabad of Poway Synagogue

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by United States Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue: “Once again anti-Semitic hate has reared its ugly head in our country, this time just before a Passover service in Poway, California in which worshipers were killed and wounded. America’s

By |2019-04-27T23:24:06-04:00April 27, 2019|News, Press Room|