The U.S. Conference
of Mayors has appointed Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley chairman
of its new homeland security task force, The Associated Press reported recently.
announced March 20 gives O'Malley with a national platform for
an issue he has championed for months: getting more federal money
for local police, fire and medical agencies that provide the first
response to domestic terrorism.
DC-based organization consists of 1,183 mayors from cities with
populations of more than 30,000 people. It has been lobbying since
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to get cities money to help pay
for the escalating costs of protecting local infrastructure.