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Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on last night’s shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA: “Once again, we’ve seen that senseless mass shootings can occur anywhere and anytime.  As a result of last night’s shooting in a bar in Thousand Oaks, CA, 12 people are dead, [...]

By |2018-11-08T12:42:25+00:00November 8, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Mid-Term Elections

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on last night’s mid-term elections: “Last night, we witnessed democracy at work as Americans from coast to coast went to the polls to cast their ballots. The incredible voter turnout, particularly with young people, is inspiring and serves as [...]

By |2018-11-07T11:37:25+00:00November 7, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Motion Filed with the FCC by U.S. Cities and the National Local Government Organizations to Stay the Effective Date of its Order Preempting Local Authority    

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the Conference of Mayors joining with cities and other local government interests across the nation in requesting the FCC to stay the effective date of its recent order substantially preempting local authority over the installation of small cell [...]

By |2018-11-01T17:02:47+00:00November 1, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in Support of #ShowUpForShabbat

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in support of #ShowUpForShabbat: "The U.S. Conference of Mayors stands with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in encouraging members of Jewish communities, mayors and elected officials, civic leaders, and others to attend Sabbath services at local synagogues this Friday [...]

By |2018-10-31T11:02:17+00:00October 31, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh: “The horrific, anti-Semitic attack on worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday breaks our hearts. The Anti- Defamation League believes this to be the [...]

By |2018-10-28T10:49:06+00:00October 28, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Bombs Sent to Prominent Persons

Washington, DC—Below is a joint statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin and USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the bombs sent to prominent persons this week: “Violence has no place in our political discourse.  America’s mayors condemn the mailing of pipe bombs to former Presidents and other [...]

By |2018-10-25T20:18:36+00:00October 25, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on City of San Jose et. al. vs. FCC Petition for Review

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on two Petitions for Review filed by the City of San Jose, California and twenty other western U.S. cities and Los Angeles County in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the constitutionality and legality of a recent FCC [...]

By |2018-10-25T11:32:56+00:00October 25, 2018|News, Press Room|

Local Government Investment in Public Water and Sewer Hits a Record $123.7 Billion in 2016

Long-term infrastructure investment commitment to clean water and sewer/stormwater management tops $1.99 Trillion from 1993 to 2016 By Rich Anderson Public spending on water and sewer/stormwater management continues to set new nominal dollar highs according to recently released local government Census data for 2016. Overall there was a 4 percent increase in spending from 2015 [...]

By |2018-10-23T19:55:46+00:00October 23, 2018|Mayors Water Council, News|

U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Elected to Executive Committee of Global Parliament of Mayors

Bristol, England—Today, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin was elected to the Executive Committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM).  Unlike any other urban network, the GPM is the first, and only, international organization exclusively for mayors. Founded in 2016, the GPM serves as an unprecedented platform for municipal [...]

By |2018-10-23T08:32:52+00:00October 23, 2018|News, Press Room|

U.S. Delegation of Mayors to Attend Global Parliament of Mayors in Bristol, UK

Mayors from Around the World Gather for International Summit to Discuss Migration, Urban Security and Public Health October 21 – 23, 2018 Washington, DC—Under the leadership of 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, Dayton (OH) Mayor [...]

By |2018-10-22T06:52:05+00:00October 22, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases New Report on How Competitive Bidding Can Help Nation’s Troubled Water Infrastructure

Report Shows Cities Could Save Billions of Dollars Over Next Decade on Replacing Aging Pipes Washington, DC—As the nation’s aging infrastructure continues to threaten water systems as well as the country’s health and economic vitality, a new report released today by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) shows how cities could potentially save billions of [...]

By |2018-10-12T10:04:58+00:00October 12, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on today’s passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018: “The nation’s Mayors applaud Congress’s bipartisan efforts to pass America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, a bill that addresses the pressing needs of the country’s water infrastructure. “The bill [...]

By |2018-10-10T16:59:29+00:00October 10, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors to DHS Secretary Nielsen: Don’t Punish Immigrants with New Public Charge Rules

Updated October 15, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC —  Today, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter signed by 93 bipartisan mayors from 29 states and the District of Columbia to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling on her to drop the proposed expansion of the “public charge” rule. In the letter, the mayors state, [...]

By |2018-10-16T15:05:09+00:00October 10, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Meet in Flint, MI to Discuss Urgent Need to Update Water Infrastructure

Press Conference on Friday, October 12 at 10:15 am EDT Washington, DC—As the nation’s aging infrastructure continues to threaten water systems and the health and economic vitality of cities across the country, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), under the leadership of Conference President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, will convene USCM’s Water Council in [...]

By |2018-10-10T11:24:18+00:00October 10, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

Nation’s Mayors Ask HHS Secretary Azar for Clarity Regarding Treatment of Migrant Children

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin has sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar asking for clarity regarding the treatment of the approximately 13,000 migrant children being held in detention centers across the country. Recent reporting has raised several issues of concern about the children’s welfare, [...]

By |2018-10-04T12:00:19+00:00October 4, 2018|News, Press Room|

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

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on today’s FCC final Order on removing barriers to small cell deployment: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors conveys its strongest opposition to today’s final Order issued by the Federal Communications Commission.  While The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the nation’s [...]

By |2018-09-26T16:07:20+00:00September 26, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors to Meet in Columbia, SC

Ahead of Midterm Elections, U.S. Conference of Mayors Holds Fall Leadership Meeting to Craft Action Plan to Move Country Beyond Washington Gridlock  Press Conference: Friday, September 28 at 12 noon EDT Hilton Columbia Center Hotel  Washington, DC—Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, a bipartisan delegation of [...]

By |2018-09-26T16:12:50+00:00September 26, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

Nation’s Mayors Support National Voter Registration Day

With Midterm Elections Just 6 Weeks Away, Cities Work to Ensure All Voices are Heard Washington, DC— Today, to mark National Voter Registration Day, mayors across the country are lending their support to promote voter registration opportunities for residents in their cities in advance of the November elections.  Mayors have committed to hosting events, making voter registration forms readily [...]

By |2018-09-25T10:30:53+00:00September 25, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Trump Administration’s Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rule

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the Public Charge rule and its impact on the country’s immigrant communities: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors in June unanimously adopted policy opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to penalize lower income immigrant [...]

By |2018-09-23T19:33:27+00:00September 23, 2018|News, Press Room|

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|