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Clinton Discusses Urban Agenda with Upstate Mayors

By Mark Scott

Washington, DC – US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton met with several upstate mayors in Washington Wednesday to discuss the needs of their cities. Clinton says the Bush administration should address such issues as education, crime and aid to cities in the upcoming federal budget.

Senator Clinton says the federal government must get back to taking care of its cities. She says cities are the "real lifeblood" of the nation. Clinton says you can't have suburbs if you don't have a city.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was not a part of Wednesday's meeting of New York mayors. He had met with Clinton the day before. But Brown joined Clinton for a telephone news conference with reporters where he expressed his disappointment that President Bush failed to outline an urban agenda in Tuesday's State of the Union address.

Funding has been cut in recent years for the Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program, which was started during the administration of her husband, President Bill Clinton. Now that the Democrats are in control of Congress, Senator Clinton says she will push for restoration of COPS funding.

Clinton says Congressional Democrats will put the President on notice that he needs to come up with a federal budget that helps cities.

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