About the Mayor
May 15, 2000
District of Columbia Mayor
Anthony Williams was featured on CBS "60 Minutes" April 30th with CBS Anchor
Morley Safer. Safer described the mayor's job as "on of the most visible jobs
in the country." The lengthy interview described Mayor Williams' goal of
restoring basic services to the nation's capital after serving, prior to
election, as chief financial officer for the city. Describing the complexity of
his city, with a dominating federal presence, Mayor Williams compared his task
as being "maitre'd with a restaurant of 525,000 people."
Pittsburgh Mayor Thomas
Murphy has rolLed out an ambitioUs plan for his downtown's retail district. The
pros and cons of his redevelopment project was featured in a lengthy profile in
the May 2 New York Times. Mayor Murphy's plans call for razing 61 buildings in
what the article says is the "tattered old retail core of downtown Pittsburgh."
In it's place, the mayor envisions a cluster of new restaurants, national
stores, and abundant parking with the goal of restoring vitality to center city.
While the project has drawn
opposition from preservation groups, Mayor Murphy believes his Market Place area
can be completed in two to three years rather than ten.
Former Charlotte Mayor
Richard Vinroot will be the GOP standard bearer in the fall election for North
Carolina's gubernatorial elections. Vinroot won the Republican primary May 2nd
and will face Democratic opponent Attorney General Mike Easley.
Indianapolis Mayor Bart
Peterson on May 3rd announced that his city was awarded $150,000 in funds from
the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his city's Brownfields
Redevelopment Program. The funds will be used to identify brownfield sites, and
undertake community out reach efforts, according to a news release from city
Chicago Mayor Richard M.
Daley hailed Illinois Governor George Ryan and thousands of residents who worked
to re-enact state passage of the Safe Neighborhoods Act. A Chicago city hall
April 13 news release praises the new law which restores tough penalties for a
number of crimes including gun-running, child pornography and domestic violence,
and additional crimes.
Hempstead Mayor James A.
Garner participated in a May 1st press event in Westbury (NY) sponsored by the
Safe Schools Organization to announce a new toll free hotline for children,
parents or teachers to report suspected gun possession by children. By calling
1-888-382-2002, persons can anonymously report suspected guns in schools. A Safe
Schools volunteer will take the information and notify the local law enforcement
agency. In addition to sponsoring the toll free number, the Safe Schools
Organization is launching a National Petition Drive to help pass common sense
gun safety legislation to reduce school violence.
Conference of Mayors
President Simultaneously Holds Top Spot at Black Mayors' Organization
Conference President Denver
Mayor Wellington E. Webb was also installed as the new President of the National
Conference of Black Mayors, during the organization's annual convention in
Dallas from April 25-30. This marks the first time any mayor has simultaneously
held the top position in both The United States Conference of Mayors and the
National Conference of Black Mayors. Webb also serves as Vice-Chair of the
National Conference of Democratic Mayors.