BRIDGEPORT, CT – Bridgeport Mayor Ganim is among the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, consisting of approximately 60 bi-partisan mayors from across the country, that were joined on a call today with President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris.
Today’s video conference hosted by President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris was a focused discussion on how city and federal leaders can work together to beat COVID-19 and the critical issues facing the country, states and cities with the related economic crisis.
This is the soonest that many mayors can recall ever having such a comprehensive and substantive transition meeting with an incoming president. “This means a lot to Bridgeport and many other cities in Connecticut that we are seeing such quick engagement with a transition meeting hosted by President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris,” stated Mayor Ganim. “Discussions included everything from response to COVID, COVID relief, social and criminal justice, to improving infrastructure in cities across the country.”
The president-elect, vice president-elect, and the mayors discussed critical ways states and the federal government can work together to beat COVID, expanding testing, preparing for the distribution of vaccines, shoring up shortages on supplies and equipment, making sure schools can open safely, and securing economic relief for individuals, businesses, cities, and states.
The president-elect and vice president-elect acknowledged that mayors are on the front lines of dealing with COVID and the economic recovery — and made clear their intention to improve coordination with city, state, and local governments to ensure an effective, bipartisan response.