Conference Elects New Mayors to Serve on Leadership; Mayor Coles Elected President
H. Brent Coles, Mayor of Boise

Vice President:
Marc H. Morial, Mayor of New Orleans

Advisory Board Chair:
Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston

Don Plusquellic, Mayor of Akron
Sharon Sayles Belton, Mayor of Minneapolis

Advisory Board:
Kenneth Barr, Mayor of Fort Worth
Peter Clavelle, Mayor of Burlington
Joseph A. Griffo, Mayor of Rome
Gus Morrison, Mayor of Fremont
Carlos M. Ramirez, Mayor of El Paso

Secretary Cuomo Addresses Mayors; Highlights Latest "State of the Cities" Report

Cuomo says mayors help write the nation's agenda.

HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo told the Mayors in a Plenary Luncheon Speech that several years ago no one would have believed the progress the cities have made. But, he said, more can be done.

During the speech, the HUD Secretary gave the highlights of the 4th Annual "State of the Cities Report." He said: "Cities are enjoying the benefits of the longest and strongest economic expansion in our history, but many are still not full participants in the new prosperity that has swept across our nation. In these times of good economic news and budget surpluses, it makes sense to invest in cities to help them create more jobs, more businesses, more affordable housing, and increased homeownership."

Daily Update: Monday, June 12
Governor Bush Addresses Mayors Via Satellite; Announces Urban Agenda

Governor Bush responds to a question posed by Mayor Webb regarding the level of access mayors would have to the White House if the Governor was elected President.

Read the entire text of Governor Bush's remarks.

Read Governor Bush's Urban Agenda.

After acknowledging that he was in Maine for the birthdays of his parents, former President George H.W. and Barbara Bush, Texas Governor and Presidential Candidate George W. Bush told via satellite the mayors that they would have access, if he is elected, to his transition teams and later the Oval Office. While not promising that any mayor would be given a Cabinet position, he seemed open to the possibility.

While his positions on many issues were consistent with those of the Conference with respect e-commerce and taxation of Internet sales, he sided with those who would wait to tax, saying specifically "we need to take our time to fully understand the direction of e-commerce" and that he supported the 3 to 5 year moratorium.

Among his top priorities were education, home ownership, public safety, urban sprawl and cleanup, and local and private conservation.

As he began his formal remarks, Governor Bush quoted for former President Lyndon Johnson who "found comfort in saying when things got difficult, at least I'm not a mayor."

Sees Mayors as Problem Solvers
He went on to say "some of the boldest reforms are coming from mayors…. I'm aware of the fact that you are solving problems that many once thought were hopeless." He recognized the fact that Mayors Daley and Norquist are leading the way in education reforms in Chicago and Milwaukee. Mayors Morial and Guiliani have brought down crime rates in New Orleans and New York. And, entrepreneurial mayors in Indianapolis and Philadelphia have greatly improved the quality of city services".

As governor, "I have worked with mayors in my state and as candidate I have appointed former Mayor Steve Goldschmitt as a top domestic advisor, and as president I will rely upon mayors across America for good ideas and insight."