Holloway to join fellow mayors in New Orleans

Mayor A.J. Holloway will join more than two dozen mayors who will gather In New Orleans on Monday for a mayoral show of solidarity for communities impacted by the BP oil spill.

The gathering, which is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and hosted by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. will include a Coast Guard briefing and boat tour.

Also attending will be the president of The United States Conference of Mayors, Burnsville (Minn.) Mayor Elizabeth Kautz; the USCM Second Vice President, Philadelphia (PA) Mayor Michael Nutter; and USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran.

Among the mayors scheduled to attend: Sam Jones of Mobile; Kip Holden of Baton Rouge; Tim Kerner of Jean Laffite, La.; Helene Schneider of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Bob Foster of Long Beach, Ca.; Frank Hibbard of Clearwater, Fla.; Randall Henderson Jr. of Fort Myers, Fla.; Annise Parker of Houston; and Mark Burroughs of Denton, Texas.

Besides Holloway, the Mississippi representatives will be Mayor Charley Dumas of Prentiss who is also president elect of the Mississippi Municipal League; and George Lewis, executive director of the MML.

Last week during The Conference of Mayors’ Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, U.S. mayors passed a resolution on the oil disaster calling for the Obama Administration to establish a special task force of appropriate senior federal officials, including a Gulf Oil Disaster commander to direct the actions of all the federal agencies involved, to provide timely and updated information to mayors and local officials on mitigation efforts, and to ensure that lead federal agencies are coordinating closely with cities and local governments in ALL PHASES of the national

Holloway and The U.S. Conference of Mayors

Monday’s event in New Orleans will be the second time that the U.S. Conference of Mayors has called on Mayor A.J. Holloway.

The group — which represents 1,139 U.S. cities with populations of at least 30,000 — invited Mayor Holloway to address its national convention in Washington, D.C., in January 2006, five months after Hurricane Katrina.

In fact, to see video of his 16-minute presentation, click here.