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Mayors Against Illegal Guns respond to Sandy Hook

Mayor Dayne Walling Dec. 20 made the following statement after the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“It is time to face the fact that we have allowed our communities to be flooded with illegal and military-style guns that put our children and families at risk. More than 200 people end up in hospital emergency rooms on a daily basis because of gunshot wounds.

“In Flint we know the tragic costs of gun violence all too well. Along with the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), I am calling for federal, state and local reforms to prevent dangerous individuals from attaining firearms and to get military-style assault weapons off our streets.”

Below is a letter sent by Mayors Against Illegal Guns to President Barack Obama Dec. 19.

Dear President Obama,

On Friday, Dec. 14 the entire nation watched as parents stood outside the Sandy Hook Elementary School and waited, desperately hoping to be reunited with their children. That moment will never end for the families of the 20 children and six adults who were murdered that day at the school.

As mayors, we are charged with keeping our communities safe. But too many of us have sat with mothers and fathers of children killed with guns. Twenty-four children enrolled in public schools in your hometown of Chicago were shot to death just last year.

At the moving memorial service on Sunday evening, you said: “If there is even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that has visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an obligation to try.”

Our bipartisan coalition of more than 750 mayors has joined forces with over 700,000 Americans and more than 100 survivors of deadly shootings, including the mass shootings you mentioned in your remarks. Together, we urge you to put forward an agenda that is rooted in common sense and that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them. That agenda should:

  • Require every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check. Background checks are the only systematic way to stop felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people from buying firearms. These checks are instantaneous and highly effective. Since its inception, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has blocked firearms purchases at licensed dealerships by millions of individuals who are barred by federal law from owning them. But criminals and other prohibited purchasers avoid these checks by buying firearms, including online and at gun shows, from unlicensed “private sellers” who are not required by federal law to conduct the checks. Millions of gun sales — estimated at more than 40 percent of the U.S. annual total — are conducted through private sellers. The Fix Gun Checks Act (H.R.1781 / S.436) would close this enormous gap in our laws by requiring a criminal background check for every gun sale.
  • Get high capacity rifles and ammunition magazines off our streets. Military-style weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines have no appropriate civilian or sporting function. They are designed to kill large numbers of people quickly. They are also disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers. Approximately one out of five law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty is killed with assault weapons. The time has come to review the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and draft a new law that is clear and enforceable and will take these weapons out of our communities.
  • Make gun trafficking a federal crime. Today, there is no clear and effective statute making gun trafficking a crime. Prosecutors are instead forced to rely on a weak law prohibiting engaging in the business of selling guns without a federal license, which carries the same punishment as trafficking chicken or livestock. As a result, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general, U.S. attorneys decline to prosecute 25 percent of those cases while declining only nine percent of drug conspiracy cases. Mayors Against Illegal Guns supports proposals to empower law enforcement to investigate and prosecute straw purchasers, gun traffickers and their entire criminal networks.

Those ideas require action by Congress, but there are steps you and your Administration could and should take immediately to curb gun violence:

  • Appoint an ATF director. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the federal agency responsible for enforcing our gun laws, has gone without a confirmed director for more than six years. During that time, criminals and those with serious mental illness have been able to take advantage of insufficient enforcement of existing federal gun laws, and an estimated 72,000 Americans have been murdered with guns. In 2011, for the first time in over a decade, more police officers were shot to death in the line of duty than were killed in automobile accidents. The need for leadership at the ATF has never been more urgent. The time has come for you to make a recess appointment to fill the vacancy at the top of the ATF.
  • Prosecute prohibited purchasers who attempt to buy firearms, ammunition or high-capacity magazines. The Justice Department should vigorously prosecute felons and other prohibited purchasers who fail gun background checks. In 2009, the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred more than 71,000 such cases to ATF, but U.S. attorneys ultimately prosecuted only 77 of them. Prosecuting these offenders is a goal broadly supported by our coalition and the National Rifle Association. The department should also develop a mechanism for sharing NICS denial information with local and state law enforcement officials by sending them active alerts or, at a minimum, posting the information at the National Criminal Information Center so state and local law enforcement officials can access it during investigations.
  • Require federal agencies to report records to NICS. The NICS Improvement Act of 2007 requires federal agencies to submit mental health, substance abuse and other records that prohibit a person from owning a gun to NICS. However, few agencies comply. In October 2011, the FBI provided data to MAIG on reporting by 60 federal agencies. Of those 60 agencies, 52 had given zero mental health records to NICS. Although total federal agency reporting of mental health records increased by 10 percent between March and October 2011, to 143,579, the vast majority of those records had been submitted by one agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs. Even fewer federal agencies are reporting drug abusers. Only three agencies — the FBI, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Court Services and Offenders Supervision Agency (CSOSA), the probation and parole services agency for the District of Columbia — have submitted any substance abuse records, and the vast majority of federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, have not submitted a single substance abuse record. The president should issue an executive order requiring all federal agency heads to certify twice annually, in writing, to the U.S. attorney general that their agency has submitted all relevant records to NICS.
  • Repeal remaining Tiahrt restrictions. While Mayors Against Illegal Guns and our law enforcement allies have made progress in relaxing the “Tiahrt restrictions,” which are riders to the federal budget that restrict access to federal gun data, some still remain. These remaining restrictions keep the public, particularly researchers and elected officials, in the dark about gun traffickers — specifically, who they are and how they operate. It also requires the FBI to destroy records of approved NICS background checks within 24 hours. That makes it harder to detect law-breaking dealers who fake their records, or to identify straw buyers who undergo the checks on behalf of someone who couldn’t pass. The Tiahrt Amendments also say ATF can’t require dealers to inspect their inventory, which could reduce the tens of thousands of guns that go missing or are stolen each year. Finally, the police and other law enforcement agencies that get trace data can’t use it in license revocation proceedings or in civil litigation. The administration should repeal these restrictions in its next budget.

In the past few days, the American people came together in a national outpouring of grief and sympathy for the families of victims slain in the mass shooting in Newtown. We share in that grief. But our constituents are also outraged and looking for leadership from the White House. We look forward to working with you to find a solution to gun violence in our country.


Coalition Co-Chairman Thomas M. Menino, mayor of Boston

Coalition Co-Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York City

The mayors who also signed the letter were:

Alabama ~ Mayor Samuel L. Jones, Mobile, and Mayor Omar Neal, Tuskegee.

Arizona ~ Mayor Satish I. Hiremath, Oro Valley, Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix, Mayor Jennifer Eckstrom, South Tucson, and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Tucson.

Arkansas ~ Mayor Larry S. Bryant, Forrest City, Mayor Arnell Willis, Helena, Mayor Lawrence Owens, Hughes, Mayor Patrick Hays, North Little Rock, Mayor Carl A. Redus, Pine Bluff, and Mayor McKinzie Riley, Wrightsville.

California ~ Mayor Marie L. Gilmore, Alameda, Mayor Tom Bates, Berkeley, Mayor Cheryl Cox, Chula Vista, Mayor Eugene Montanez, Corona, Mayor Jennifer West, Emeryville, Mayor Gus Morrison, Fremont, Mayor Maria Orozco, Gonzales, Mayor James T. Butts Jr., Inglewood, Mayor Sukhee Kang, Irvine, Mayor Bob Foster, Long Beach, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles, Mayor Lou La Monte, Malibu, Mayor Rob Schroder, Martinez, Mayor Paul Eaton, Montclair, Mayor R. Michael Kasperzak Jr., Moutain View, Mayor Jean Quan, Oakland, Mayor Stephen P. Pougnet, Palm Springs, Mayor Bill Bogaard, Pasadena, Mayor Luis I. Molina, Patterson, Mayor David Glass, Petaluma, Mayor L. Dennis Michael, Rancho Cucamonga, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond, Mayor Kevin Johnson, Sacramento, Mayor Patrick J. Morris, San Bernardino, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco, Mayor Andrew F. Kotyuk, San Jacinto, Mayor Chuck Reed, San Jose, Mayor Stephen H. Cassidy, San Leandro, Mayor Miguel Pulido, Santa Ana, Mayor Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara, Mayor Don Lane, Santa Cruz, Mayor Larry Forester, Signal Hill, Mayor Ann Johnston, Stockton, Mayor Jeffrey Prang, West Hollywood, and Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, West Sacramento.

Colorado ~ Mayor Matthew Appelbaum, Boulder, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver, Mayor Randy P. Penn, Englewood, Mayor Marjorie Sloan, Golden, Mayor Carolyn Cutler, Lafayette, Mayor Bob Murphy, Lakewood, Mayor Robert Muckle, Louisville, Mayor Marc A. Snyder, Manitou Springs, Mayor Joe Gierlach, Nederland, Mayor Joyce Downing, Northglenn, Mayor Don Stephens, Salida, Mayor Andrew Muckle, Superior, and Mayor Stuart Fraser, Telluride.

Connecticut~ Mayor Adam Salina, Berlin, Mayor Bill Finch, Bridgeport, Mayor Scott D. Jackson, Hamden, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, Hartford, Mayor Daniel Drew, Middletown, Mayor John DeStefano, New Haven, Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio, New London, Mayor Richard A. Moccia, Norwalk, Mayor Ryan Bingham, Torrington, Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, Waterbury, Mayor Scott Slifka, West Hartford, and Mayor John M. Picard, West Haven.

Washington D.C. ~ Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

Delaware ~ Mayor Michael J. Smith, Blades, Mayor John P. Buchheit III, Delaware City, Mayor Diane C. Hanson, Dewey Beach, Mayor James L. Ford III, Lewes, and Mayor Kenneth Branner, Middletown.

Florida ~ Mayor Susan Gottlieb, Aventura, Mayor Jean Rosenfield, Bal Harbour, Mayor Woodrow L. Hay, Boynton Beach, Mayor Marilyn Gerber, Coconut Creek, Mayor James C. Cason, Coral Gables, Mayor Peggy Noland, Deerfield Beach, Mayor Bruce B. Mount, Eatonville, Mayor Craig Lowe, Gainesville, Mayor Glenn Singer, Golden Beach, Mayor Charles Sanders, Greenwood, Mayor Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach, Mayor Peter J. M. Bober, Hollywood, Mayor Kenneth M. Shultz, Hypoluxo, Mayor Mary Lou Hildreth, Keystone Heights, Mayor Gow B. Fields, Lakeland, Mayor Patricia Gerard, Largo, Mayor Barrington Russell, Lauderdale Lakes, Mayor Richard Kaplan, Lauderhill, Mayor Howard A. Schieferdecker, Maitland, Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami, Mayor Matti H. Bower, Miami Beach, Mayor Lori C. Moseley, Miramar, Mayor Connie Leon Kreps, North Bay Village, Mayor John Brady, North Lauderdale, Mayor Andre Pierre, North Miami, Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando, Mayor Myra L. Taylor, Opa-Locka, Mayor Dominic Persampiere, Oviedo, Mayor James P. Sasser, Pahokee, Mayor Greg Brudnicki, Panama City, Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Pembroke Pines, Mayor Joe LaCascia, Polk City, Mayor Thomas A. Masters, Riviera Beach, Mayor Norman S. Edelcup, Sunny Isles Beach, Mayor Michael J. Ryan, Sunrise, Mayor Daniel Dietch, Surfside, Mayor John Marks III, Tallahassee, Mayor Beth Talabisco, Tamarac, Mayor Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach, and Mayor Gary Resnick, Wilton Manors.

Georgia ~ Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta, Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Augusta, Mayor William F. Floyd, Decatur, Mayor Donna Pittman, Doraville, Mayor Earnestine D. Pittman, East Point, Mayor James Thomas, Jr., Hinesville, Mayor Robert A. B. Reichert, Macon, Mayor June D. Bradfield, McRae, Mayor Kathie deNobriga, PineLake, Mayor Jere Wood, Roswell, Mayor Patricia Wheeler, Stone Mountain, and Mayor Ralph Moore, Union City.

Hawaii ~ Mayor William P. Kenoi, Hilo, Mayor Peter Carlisle, Honolulu, and Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr., Kauai.

Illinois ~ Mayor Larry Hartwig, Addison, Mayor Arlene J. Mulder, Arlington Heights, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Evanston, Mayor Henderson Yarbrough Sr., Maywood, Mayor Christopher Koos, Normal, Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr., North Chicago, Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey, Rockford, and Mayor Robert Sabonjian, Waukegan.

Indiana ~ Mayor Richard Hickman, Angola, Mayor Mark Kruzan, Bloomington, Mayor Tom C. Henry, Fort Wayne, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, Mayor John A. Wilkes, Linton, and Mayor Dennis Tyler, Muncie.

Iowa ~ Mayor William E. Gluba, Davenport, Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie, Des Moines, Mayor Roy D. Buol, Dubuque, Mayor Robert E. Scott, Sioux City, and Mayor Buck Clark, Waterloo.

Kansas ~ Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita.

Kentucky ~ Mayor Gene McMurry, Carrollton, and Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville.

Louisiana ~ Mayor Melvin "Kip" Holden, Baton Rouge, Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, New Orleans, Mayor Rodney A. Grogan, Patterson, and Mayor Cedric B. Glover, Shreveport.

Maine ~ Mayor William R. Stokes, Augusta, Mayor Charlotte M. Warren, Hallowell, and Mayor Michael Brennan, Portland.

Maryland ~ Mayor Joshua J. Cohen, Annapolis, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, Mayor Andrew M. Fellows, College Park, Mayor Brian K. Grim, Cumberland, Mayor Robert C. Willey, Easton, Mayor Peter Benjamin, Garrett Park, Mayor Dennis J. Scheessele, Indian Head, Mayor Craig A. Moe, Laurel, Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, Rockville, Mayor James Ireton Jr, Salisbury, Mayor Jeffrey Slavin, Somerset, and Mayor Bruce R. Williams, Takoma Park.

Massachusetts ~ Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer III, Amesbury, Mayor Kevin J. Dumas, Attleboro, Mayor William F. Scanlon, Jr., Beverly, Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston, Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan, Braintree, Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr., Everett, Mayor Lisa A. Wong, Fitchburg, Mayor Alex Morse, Holyoke, Mayor Patrick O. Murphy, Lowell, Mayor Gary Christenson, Malden, Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, Medford, Mayor Robert J. Dolan, Melrose, Mayor Setti D. Warren, Newton, Mayor David J. Narkewicz, Northampton, Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr., Peabody, Mayor Thomas Koch, Quincy, Mayor Daniel Rizzo, Revere, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Salem, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Somerville, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Springfield, Mayor Susan M. Kay, Weymouth, and Mayor Scott Galvin, Woburn.

Michigan ~ Mayor John Hieftje, Ann Arbor, Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr., Dearborn, Mayor Dave Bing, Detroit, Mayor Dayne Walling, Flint, Mayor George Hartwell, Grand Rapids, Mayor Karen Majewski, Hamtramck, Mayor Virg Bernero, Lansing, Mayor Gretchen Driskell, Saline, Mayor Brenda L. Lawrence, Southfield, and Mayor Paul T. Schreiber, Ypsilanti.

Minnesota ~ Mayor Don Ness, Duluth, Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, and Mayor Chris Coleman, Saint Paul.

Mississippi ~ Mayor Johnny DuPree, Hattiesburg, and Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jackson.

Missouri ~ Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Kansas City, Mayor Randall L. Rhoads, Lee’s Summit, Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis, and Mayor Shelley Welsch, University City.

Nebraska ~ Mayor Chris Beutler, Lincoln, Mayor Jim Suttle, Omaha, and Mayor Donald A. Groesser, Ralston.

New Hampshire ~ Mayor Dean Trefethen, Dover.

New Jersey ~ Mayor Ed Johnson, Asbury Park, Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford, Atlantic City, Mayor Mark Smith, Bayonne, Mayor Patrick H. McHale, Bogota, Mayor Albert B. Kelly, Bridgeton, Mayor Dana L. Redd, Camden, Mayor Chuck Cahn, Cherry Hill, Mayor Sophie Heymann, Closter, Mayor M. James Maley, Jr., Collingswood, Mayor Carol Foster, Corbin City, Mayor Joseph R. Smith, East Newark, Mayor Robert L. Bowser, East Orange, Mayor Antonia Ricigliano, Edison, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Elizabeth, Mayor Carlos Colina, Emerson, Mayor Colleen Mahr, Fanwood, Mayor Gerald R. Drasheff, Guttenberg, Mayor Maria DiGiovanni, Hackettstown, Mayor Domenick Stampone, Haledon, Mayor Raymond J. McDonough, Harrison, Mayor Richard S. Goldberg, Hawthorne, Mayor David L. Tinker, Hazlet, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken, Mayor Timothy McDonough, Hope, Mayor Paul Anzano, Hopewell, Mayor Robert M. Giordano, Independence, Mayor Wayne Smith, Irvington, Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Jersey City, Mayor David M. DelVecchio, Lambertville, Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka, Linden, Mayor Mauro D. Raguseo, Little Ferry, Mayor Stephen Santola, Livingston, Mayor Frank W. Minor, Logan Township, Mayor Nicholas Russo, Longport, Mayor Michael E. Beck, Lower Township, Mayor William Laforet, Mahwah, Mayor Michael Fressola, Manchester Township, Mayor Victor DeLuca, Maplewood, Mayor Frank M. North, Merchantville, Mayor Patrick O'Hagan, Midland Park, Mayor James A. Gallos, Milford, Mayor Dennis Vaccaro, Moonachie, Mayor J. Randy Bishop, Neptune, Mayor Cory Booker, Newark, Mayor Peter C. Massa, North Arlington, Mayor Francis M. Womack III, N. Brunswick, Mayor Randy George, North Haledon, Mayor Owen Henry, Old Bridge, Mayor James R. Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Mayor Alex D. Blanco, Passaic, Mayor Jeffrey Jones, Paterson, Mayor Wilda Diaz, Perth Amboy, Mayor Harry L. Wyant, Phillipsburg, Mayor Sharon M. Robinson-Briggs, Plainfield, Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr., Pleasantville, Mayor Gary Giberson, Port Republic, Mayor Pasquale Menna, Red Bank, Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo, River Edge, Mayor Jamel C. Holley, Roselle, Mayor Robert L. Davis, Salem, Mayor Brian P. Stack, Union City, Mayor Betty Simmons, Victory Gardens, Mayor Robert Romano, Vineland, Mayor Robert D. Parisi, West Orange, Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh, West Windsor, Mayor John E. McCormac, Woodbridge, and Mayor Keith Kazmark, Woodland Park.

New Mexico ~ Mayor Joe Murrietta, Grants, Mayor Kenneth D. Miyagishima, Las Cruces, Mayor Ray Alborn, Ruidoso, Mayor David Coss, Santa Fe, Mayor Albert Campos Jr., Santa Rosa, and Mayor Gloria J. Chavez, Tijeras.

New York ~ Mayor Gerald Jennings, Albany, Mayor James Gaughan, Altamont, Mayor Ann Thane, Amsterdam, Mayor Peter R. Porcino, Ardsley, Mayor Andrea Smallwood, Athens, Mayor Randy Casale, Beacon, Mayor Matthew T. Ryan, Binghamton, Mayor Eugene Christopher, Broadalbin, Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo, Mayor G. Wayne McIlroy, Carthage, Mayor Jerome Kobre, Chestnut Ridge, Mayor John A. Lane, Clinton, Mayor John McDonald, Cohoes, Mayor Mark Evans, Coxsackie, Mayor Robert J. Foster, Deferiet, Mayor Steven P. Hoffman, Depew, Mayor Sally E. Burns, Delanson, Mayor Randy Sterling, Dryden, Mayor Allan A. Kasprzak, East Aurora, Mayor Paul Rickenbach, East Hampton, Mayor Henry Doerr, Elbridge, Mayor Jeffrey Kaplan, Ellenville, Mayor James Matthews, Ellisburg, Mayor Stephen G. Sommers, Fabius, Mayor Mark Olson, Fayetteville, Mayor James J. Miccio, Fishkill, Mayor Andrew Hardwick, Freeport, Mayor Donald T. Brudie, Garden City, Mayor John Diamond, Glens Falls, Mayor Dayton J. King, Gloversville, Mayor Jean A. Celender, Great Neck Plaza, Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman, Great Neck Village, Mayor Barbara Moore, Greenwood Lake, Mayor Martin Natoli, Hagaman, Mayor Emery Cummings Jr., Hammondsport, Mayor Peter Swiderski, Hastings-on-Hudson, Mayor Michael Kohut, Haverstraw, Mayor Natale J. Tartamella, Head of the Harbor, Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr., Hempstead, Mayor Richard Beirman Sr., Herrings, Mayor Bernard Jackson, Hillburn, Mayor Joseph M. Lee, Hilton, Mayor Richard B. Milne, Honeoye Falls, Mayor Shawn Hogan, Hornell, Mayor Brian C. Smith, Irvington, Mayor Svante L. Myrick, Ithaca, Mayor Samuel Teresi, Jamestown, Mayor Susan Lopatkin, Kensington, Mayor Shayne R. Gallo, Kingston, Mayor Robert Blais, Lake George, Mayor Ronald S. Cooper, Lake Success, Mayor Anne H. McAndrews, Larchmont, Mayor Martin Oliner, Lawrence, Mayor Carl Luft, Lima, Mayor Norman L. Marsh, Little Valley, Mayor Corrine Kleisle, Lyons, Mayor Barbara Clark, Madison, Mayor Patricia McDonald, Malverne, Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin, Manlius, Mayor James F. Hidy, Massena, Mayor Dennis Leahy, Maybrook, Mayor Anthony Sylvester, Mechanicville, Mayor Terry Grimshaw, Mexico, Mayor Richard Donovan, Minoa, Mayor James C. Purcell, Monroe, Mayor Jeffrey Oppenheim, Montebello, Mayor Gordon Jenkins, Monticello, Mayor Ernest D. Davis, Mount Vernon, Mayor Peter M. Blandino, Newark, Mayor Judith L. Kennedy, Newburgh, Mayor Donald J. Ryan, New Hartford, Mayor Noam Bramson, New Rochelle, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City, Mayor Paul A. Dyster, Niagara Falls, Mayor Laura Nolan, North Haven, Mayor Marvin Natiss, North Hills, Mayor Robert G. Ortt, North Tonawanda, Mayor Joseph Maiurano, Norwich, Mayor Linda L. Witte, Olean, Mayor Richard P. Miller Jr., Oneonta, Mayor William R. Hanauer, Ossining, Mayor Brian Wona, Otisville, Mayor Paul Pontieri, Patchogue, Mayor Mary Foster, Peekskill, Mayor Anthony Fratto, Phoenix, Mayor Christopher Sanders, Piermont, Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak, Plattsburgh, Mayor Robert Weitzner, Port Washington, Mayor John Tkazyik, Poughkeepsie, Mayor John Bruno, Ravena, Mayor Daniel J. Dwyer, Rensselaer, Mayor Kevin Neary, Richmondville, Mayor John Durkin, Roslyn, Mayor Matthew Bloomfield, Russell Gardens, Mayor Jeffrey L. Pond, Salamanca, Mayor Grant Rohrmoser, Sandy Creek, Mayor Clyde Rabideau, Saranac Lake, Mayor Gregge Harrian, Savona, Mayor Gary R. McCarthy, Schenectady, Mayor Paul F. Gee, Scottsville, Mayor Omer Cousineau, Sharon Springs, Mayor John Patterson, Sherman, Mayor Leonard Szymanski, Sloan, Mayor Karen Strickland, South Dayton, Mayor Geoffrey N. Prime, South Floral Park, Mayor Patricia DuBow, South Nyack, Mayor Mark Epley, Southampton, Mayor Letty J. Rudes, Spectulator, Mayor Joyce Lobene, Spencerport, Mayor Noramie F. Jasmin, Spring Valley, Mayor Dagan LaCorte, Suffern, Mayor Edward Stewart III, Sylvan Beach, Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, Syracuse, Mayor Ronald Pilozzi, Tonawanda, Mayor Louis A. Rosamilia, Troy, Mayor A. Martin Petrovic, Trumansburg, Mayor Beth Greenwood, Tully, Mayor Michael Esmay, Upper Nyack, Mayor Theodore H. Young, Waterloo, Mayor Michael P. Manning, Watervliet, Mayor Brian D. McCoy, Wayland, Mayor David Carr, Westfield, Mayor John Ramundo Jr., West Haverstraw, Mayor David Goldsmith, Wesley Hills, Mayor Scott M. Burto, West Carthage, Mayor Thomas M. Roach, White Plains, and Mayor Anthony C. Leone, Jr., Yorkville.

North Carolina ~ Mayor Mark Chilton, Carrboro, Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill, Mayor Bill Bell, Durham, Mayor Jackie Holcombe, Morrisville, Mayor Miles Atkins, Mooresville, Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh, and Mayor Victor Varela, Ronda.

North Dakota ~ Mayor Dennis Walaker, Fargo.

Ohio ~ Mayor Dan Pillow, Addyston, Mayor Donald Plusquellic, Akron, Mayor Bernard Baranowsko, Andover, Mayor Ronald A. Bischof, Barnesville, Mayor Merle S. Gorden, Beachwood, Mayor Daniel Pocek, Bedford, Mayor Fletcher Berger, Bedford Heights, Mayor John Licastro, Bratenahl, Mayor Samuel J. Alai, Broadview Heights, Mayor David Seagraves, Brookville, Mayor Lowell E. Anderson, Caldwell, Mayor William J. Healy II, Canton, Mayor Tammy D. Drobina, Carroll, Mayor Diana Stockmaster, Centerburg, Mayor Mark Mallory, Cincinnati, Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland, Mayor Edward Kelley, Cleveland Heights, Mayor Danny Stacy, Cleves, Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus, Mayor William Armentrout, Creston, Mayor Gary D. Leitzell, Dayton, Mayor Gary L. Comer, DeGraff, Mayor Terry L. Lindeman, Doylestown, Mayor Gary Norton, East Cleveland, Mayor Ted Andrzejewski, East Lake, Mayor James P. Swoger, East Liverpool, Mayor Patricia Burnside, Englewood, Mayor Bill Cervenik, Euclid, Mayor Thomas H. Nagel, Fairborn, Mayor Charles H. Johnson, Forest Park, Mayor Gary Middlemus, Frazeysburg, Mayor Kirk Emmert, Gambier, Mayor Dave Nelson, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Mayor Mark Williams, Genoa, Mayor Alan Zaffiro, Golf Manor, Mayor Ray E. DeGraw, Grandview Heights, Mayor Gary Lee Young, Greenville, Mayor Lance Westcamp, Groveport, Mayor Richard L. Verga, Harveysburg, Mayor Clifford Mason, Hebron, Mayor Lou Bertrand, Hiram, Mayor Susan J. Pelkowski, Holloway, Mayor William A. Currin, Hudson, Mayor Rich Blankenship, Ironton, Mayor Jerry Fiala, Kent, Mayor Deborah Neale, Lakeline, Mayor David J. Berger, Lima, Mayor Jo Ann Toczek, Linndale, Mayor Patricia A. Fallot, Louisville, Mayor Joseph M. Cicero Jr., Lyndhurst, Mayor Donald Kuchta, Macedonia, Mayor Steve Adams, Malvern, Mayor Jeffrey A. Lansky, Maple Heights, Mayor Joe A. Matthews, Marietta, Mayor Bruce G. Rinker, Mayfield Village, Mayor Robert Schwab, McComb, Mayor Glenn W. Holmes, McDonald, Mayor Richard Cain, Mineral City, Mayor James B. Waller, Minerva, Mayor Steven L. Yagelski, Montpelier, Mayor Susan Renda, Moreland Hills, Mayor Charles Neff, Mount Sterling, Mayor Mike Porter, Mt. Gilead, Mayor Jeffrey C. Wherley, Nellie, Mayor James A. Friel, Newcomerstown, Mayor Daniel R. Brooks, North College Hill, Mayor Terrance J. McConnell, North Kingsville, Mayor Ed Klco, North Perry, Mayor Kathy Mulcahy, Orange Village, Mayor David T. Handwerk, Orrville, Mayor Richard M. Bain, Pepper Pike, Mayor Billy R. Spencer, Piketon, Mayor Timothy Redden, Plymouth, Mayor Timothy Sicafuse, Poland, Mayor David A. Malone, Portsmouth, Mayor Daniel J. Ursu, Richmond Heights, Mayor William Nibert, Richwood, Mayor William R. Flaute, Riverside, Mayor John Berlin, Salem, Mayor Earl M. Leiken, Shaker Heights, Mayor Patrick C. Monahan, Shawnee Hills, Mayor John Smith, Silverton, Mayor Georgine Welo, South Euclid, Mayor Matthew Brett, South Russell, Mayor Warren Copeland, Springfield, Mayor William C. Burkhardt, St. Bernard, Mayor Domenick Mucci, Jr., Steubenville, Mayor Clayton Weller, Sugarcreek, Mayor Michael P. Bell, Toledo, Mayor Mary Myers, Verona, Mayor Daniel V. Wilczynski, Walbridge, Mayor Doug Franklin, Warren, Mayor Doug Shaw, Wauseon, Mayor Allen Patchin, West Farmington, Mayor Ann Schreiner, West Millgrove, Mayor Kim Maggard, Whitehall, Mayor William A. Margalis, Wickliffe, Mayor Richard J. Bonde, Willowick, Mayor Chuck Sammarone, Youngstown, and Mayor Jeff Tilton, Zanesville.

Oregon ~ Mayor Kitty Piercy, Eugene, and Mayor Sam Adams, Portland.

Pennsylvania ~ Mayor James Hopely, Aldan, Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Allentown, Mayor Charles T. Wahl, Ambler, Mayor Gretchen Dosch, Applewold, Mayor Bernard Killian, Aspinwall, Mayor Alexander Bennett, Jr, Baldwin, Mayor Phillip Ferrizzi, Bally, Mayor Donald L. Wunderler, Bath, Mayor Cloyd W. Wagner, Beavertown, Mayor Stanley Goldman, Bellefonte, Mayor Robin J. Gochenauer, Bendersville, Mayor Gail Stoudt, Bernville, Mayor John B. Callahan, Bethlehem, Mayor Robert M. Myers, Birdsboro, Mayor Everett W. Saxton, Bolivar, Mayor Vincent H. Liebel, Boswell, Mayor Marianne Deery, Boyertown, Mayor Kenneth Lockhart, Brentwood, Mayor Verncel L. Creveling, Briar Creek, Mayor David Wonderling, Brookville, Mayor Lester J. Ward, Brownsville, Mayor Anna Marie Quader, Burgettstown, Mayor Loyce Harpster, Burnham, Mayor Margaret Stock, Butler, Mayor David H. Rhome, Canonsburg, Mayor Justin M. Taylor, Carbondale, Mayor Donald Baumgarten, Castle Shannon, Mayor Barbara A. Schlegel, Catasauqua, Mayor James S. Perry, Chalfant, Mayor Marilyn J. Becker, Chalfont, Mayor Peter Lagiovane, Chambersburg, Mayor Ronald W. Lockwood, Cherry Valley, Mayor John A. Linder, Chester, Mayor Paul H. McKenna, Churchill, Mayor Richard L. Lattanzi, Clairton, Mayor Andrea J. Estadt, Clarion, Mayor Harry Kelly, Clarks Summit, Mayor James P. Schell, Clearfield, Mayor John Hartman, Cleona, Mayor Frank C. Kelly, Collingdale, Mayor Daniel Rutland, Colwyn, Mayor Allen Gyorko, Confluence, Mayor Joseph Carrelli, Conyngham, Mayor Anthony G. Celeste, Coraopolis, Mayor Mark J. Thomas, Cornwall, Mayor Timothy J. Carroll, Dallas, Mayor Helen Thomas, Darby, Mayor Thomas R. Lloyd, Dormont, Mayor John Lignelli, Donora, Mayor Josh Maxwell, Downingtown, Mayor Libby White, Doylestown, Mayor Philip Krivacek, Duquesne, Mayor Betty M. Hays, Eagles Mere, Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr., Easton, Mayor Louis J. Payne, East Pittsburgh, Mayor Mark A. Pacilla, East Washington, Mayor J. Edward Cook, Edgewood, Mayor Wayne T. Murphy, Edgeworth, Mayor Ray Plummer, Ehrenfeld, Mayor Joseph J. Cisco, Ellport, Mayor Anthony J. Court, Ellwood City, Mayor Winfield Iobst, Emmaus, Mayor Dorothy H. Quinn, Emsworth, Mayor Joseph Sinnott, Erie, Mayor Gary Foster, Evans City, Mayor D. Gary Evans, Factoryville, Mayor Charles Moore, Falls Creek, Mayor Olive McKeithan, Farrell, Mayor Gary McBrien, Felton, Mayor Robert P. Frey, Folcroft, Mayor Kim Phillips, Frackville, Mayor Fred C. Moyer, Jr., Freeburg, Mayor Gerald C. Yob, Freemansburg, Mayor Edward F. Burns, Girardville, Mayor Arnie Bowser, Greensboro, Mayor Roy Del Rosario, Hamburg, Mayor Linda Thompson, Harrisburg, Mayor Norm Hawkes, Hatboro, Mayor Ronald Cyphert, Hawthorn, Mayor John Hoerner, Highspire, Mayor Joseph R. Dodson, Hollidaysburg, Mayor Betty Esper, Homestead, Mayor Tim McGuire, Homewood Borough, Mayor Dee Dee Brown, Huntingdon Borough, Mayor George E. Hood, Indiana, Mayor Nicholas Yanosich, Industry, Mayor Gerald C. 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Lowe, Swarthmore, Mayor Luke Duignam, Tatamy, Mayor Jay R. Stover, Telford, Mayor Charles Harper, Three Springs, Mayor Kenneth Danser, Timblin, Mayor Francis B. Zalewski, Trainer, Mayor William Allar, Tremont, Mayor J. David Cutchineal, Tullytown, Mayor LeAnn Hritz, Tunnelhill, Mayor Adam R. Forgie, Turtle Creek, Mayor Thomas Micozzie, Upper Darby, Mayor Jeffrey Steffler, Wampum, Mayor Ester Cotner, Washingtonville, Mayor Richard A. Starliper, Waynesboro, Mayor Carolyn T. Comitta, West Chester, Mayor Gerald W. Gross, West Easton, Mayor Ralph Harrington, West Elizabeth, Mayor Dick Vargeson, Westfield, Mayor Frank Schmidt, West Hazleton, Mayor John W. Dindak, West Homestead, Mayor Mary E. Popovich, West Newton, Mayor John Henry, West View, Mayor James F. Nowalk, Whitehall Borough, Mayor Edward D. Hozza, Jr., Whitehall Township, Mayor Thomas M. Leighton, Wilkes-Barre, Mayor John A. Thompson, Wilkinsburg, Mayor David Perruso, Wilson, Mayor Larry Markel, Windsor, Mayor Dolores Jones-Butler, Yeadon, Mayor John Sanford, Yoe, Mayor C. Kim Bracey, York, Mayor Alford Shull, York Springs, and Mayor Joan Derco, Youngwood.

Rhode Island ~ Mayor Charles Lombardi, North Providence, and Mayor Angel Taveras, Providence.

South Carolina ~ Mayor Joseph Riley, Charleston, Mayor Joseph T. McElveen, Jr., Sumter, and Mayor Darrick Jackson, Timmonsville.

Tennessee ~ Mayor Ron Littlefield, Chattanooga, Mayor Thomas W. Taylor, Maryville, Mayor A.C. Wharton, Memphis, Mayor Tom Beehan, Oak Ridge, and Mayor Bill Lusk, Signal Hill.

Texas ~ Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Austin, Mayor Tony Martinez, Brownsville, Mayor Carl D. Sherman, DeSoto, and Mayor Richard Ward, Hurst.

Utah ~ Mayor Dana Williams, Park City.

Vermont ~ Mayor Bob Kiss, Burlington, and Mayor Christopher C. Louras, Rutland City.

Virginia ~ Mayor William B. Euille, Alexandria, Mayor Faye Prichard, Ashland, Mayor Paul D. Fraim, Norfolk, Mayor Brian A. Moore, Petersburg, Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Richmond, and Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr, Virginia Beach.

Washington ~ Mayor H. Clarence Bauman, Chewelah, Mayor Garland D. Walton, Connell, Mayor Robert F. Sheckler, Des Moines, Mayor Will Ibershof, Duvall, Mayor Gary S. Jensen, Ferndale, Mayor Ron (Pete) Poulson, Kalama, Mayor David M. Ferguson, Mesa, Mayor Daniel N. Mork, Millwood, Mayor James F. Gerwig, Morton, Mayor Dennis Palmer, Oakesdale, Mayor Spencer Nichols, Pe Ell, Mayor Paul Warden, Prosser, Mayor Terry Anderson, SeaTac, Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle, Mayor Dianne W. White, Stanwood, Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma, and Mayor Soo Ing-Moody, Township.

West Virginia ~ Mayor Harold H. Howell Jr., Madison.

Wisconsin ~ Mayor William C. Whalen, Ashland, Mayor Larry MacDonald, Bayfield, Mayor Keith G. Bosman, Kenosha, Mayor Paul R. Soglin, Madison, Mayor Justin M. Nickels, Manitowoc, Mayor Chris L. Meyer, Marshfield, Mayor Kurt Sonnentag, Middleton, Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee, Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Oak Creek, Mayor John Dickert, Racine, Mayor James E. Tipple, Wausau.

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