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The Nation's Mayors Speak Out on Port Security; Letters Sent to House, Senate and DHS

2/21/2006 5:31:00 PM


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To: National Desk

Contact: Elena Temple of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, 202-861-6719

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors sent letters to the U.S. House of Representatives, United States Senate and U.S. Department of Homeland Security today regarding port security. The letters to each group are listed below:

-- U.S. Conference of Mayors letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security follows:

February 21, 2006

The Honorable Michael Chertoff

Secretary

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Naval Security Station

Washington, DC 20528

The Honorable John Snow

Secretary

U.S. Department of the Treasury

1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,

Washington, DC 20220

Dear Secretary Chertoff and Secretary Snow:

On behalf of The United States Conference of Mayors, I am writing regarding the recent revelation that the Administration has approved a business transaction to allow Dubai Ports World, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, to run significant operations at ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Miami.

We have heard serious security concerns regarding this transaction from several of our mayoral members, and we urge that the Administration suspend the transaction until the security of America's cities can be guaranteed.

Since September 11, 2001, our organization has focused tremendous effort on the issue of port security. As the home to one of the world's largest ports, I am deeply aware of the importance of securing port cargo and operations. Our organization has been calling for important measures to strengthen port security, and we cannot understand how it is appropriate take such a drastic risk at this time.

Thank you for your continued attention to the needs of America's mayors, our cities, and the security of the nation. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director Tom Cochran or Assistant Executive Director Ron Thaniel at (202) 293- 7330.

Sincerely,

(Signed)

Beverly O'Neill

Mayor of Long Beach

President

Cc: Ruben Barrales

Toby Burke

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-- U.S. Conference of Mayors letter to the United States Senate follows:

February 21, 2006

The Honorable Susan M. Collins

Chair

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

United States Senate

340 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman

Ranking Member

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

United States Senate

604 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Collins and Ranking Member Lieberman:

On behalf of The United States Conference of Mayors, I am writing regarding the recent revelation that the Administration has approved a business transaction to allow Dubai Ports World, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, to run significant operations at ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Miami.

We have heard serious security concerns regarding this transaction from several of our mayoral members, and we urge you to stop the Administration from allowing the transaction to proceed. This will allow more time for investigation and review to ensure that no action is taken until and unless the security of America's cities can be guaranteed.

Since September 11, 2001, our organization has focused tremendous effort on the issue of port security. As the home to one of the world's largest ports, I am deeply aware of the importance of securing port cargo and operations. Our organization has been calling for important measures to strengthen port security, and we cannot understand how it is appropriate take such a drastic risk at this time.

We urge your action to suspend approval of this transaction and ensure a complete review of the security impacts.

Thank you for your continued attention to the needs of America's mayors, our cities, and the security of the nation. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director Tom Cochran or Assistant Executive Director Ron Thaniel at (202) 293- 7330.

Sincerely,

(Signed)

Beverly O'Neill

Mayor of Long Beach

President

Cc: Members of the United States Senate

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-- U.S. Conference of Mayors letter to the U.S. House of Representatives follows:

February 21, 2006

The Honorable Peter T. King

Chairman

Homeland Security Committee

U.S. House of Representatives

H2-176 Ford House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Bennie G. Thompson

Ranking Member

Homeland Security Committee

U.S. House of Representatives

228 John Adams Building

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman King and Ranking Member Thompson:

On behalf of The United States Conference of Mayors, I am writing regarding the recent revelation that the Administration has approved a business transaction to allow Dubai Ports World, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, to run significant operations at ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Miami.

We have heard serious security concerns regarding this transaction from several of our mayoral members, and we urge you to stop the Administration from allowing the transaction to proceed. This will allow more time for investigation and review to ensure that no action is taken until and unless the security of America's cities can be guaranteed.

Since September 11, 2001, our organization has focused tremendous effort on the issue of port security. As the home to one of the world's largest ports, I am deeply aware of the importance of securing port cargo and operations. Our organization has been calling for important measures to strengthen port security, and we cannot understand how it is appropriate take such a drastic risk at this time.

We urge your action to suspend approval of this transaction and ensure a complete review of the security impacts.

Thank you for your continued attention to the needs of America's mayors, our cities, and the security of the nation. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director Tom Cochran or Assistant Executive Director Ron Thaniel at (202) 293- 7330.

Sincerely,

(Signed)

Beverly O'Neill

Mayor of Long Beach

President

Cc: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

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