Cities need more help with homeland security costs, the U.S. Conference of Mayors president said in advance of a meeting of city leaders starting today in Denver. “When the bells started ringing after September 11th, they didn’t ring in the statehouse, they rang in the cities,” said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the Associated Press reports.
More than 225 mayors are expected at a five-day meeting that begins today.
Menino said cities need help paying a $2.6 billion tab for homeland security measures that grew from the 2001 terrorist attacks. Resolutions they will consider include a proposal for direct federal assistance to agencies that have to respond first to an emergency, and another asking Congress to provide help with local law enforcement training and protection.