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MAYOR HANNEMANN APPLAUDS PRESIDENT’S CALL FOR FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY
“As Mayor of the City and
Mayor Hannemann and other leaders of the U.S. Conference of Mayors also met today with Obama Administration Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and five of the president’s Cabinet members: Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Mayor Hannemann said he applauded their desire to work towards ensuring that a wide range of federal funding programs, such as Community Development Block Grants and the newly created Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants, reach the cities quickly and effectively.
He said he was very impressed with the $1.5 billion federal Emergency Shelter Grants program that Secretary Donovan announced, which is designed to prevent homelessness by assisting the needy with rent and utility assistance. He was also encouraged to hear from Secretary LaHood about the opportunities for $1.5 billion in discretionary funding for transportation that could be applied toward a wide variety of transportation projects in
He also found a sympathetic ear in Attorney General Holder when Mayor Hannemann voiced his concern about state matching fund requirements for the Community Oriented Policing and Justice Assistance Grant programs.
At a luncheon with other senior Obama administration officials, Mayor Hannemann spoke directly with newly appointed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding the wastewater challenges
Mayor Hannemann said he was also pleased that President Obama had demonstrated his commitment to urban America—where 80 percent of the nation’s population lives and works—through his two recent appointments regarding urban policy. The president has named Adolfo Carrión as White House Director of Urban Affairs, and Derek Douglas as Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs.
“I commend President Obama for fulfilling his promise to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, when campaigning for office, that he would lead a new commitment to cities and counties throughout
“All this is good news for
Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 527-6928