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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > April 2009 > Homeland Security Roundtable

Homeland Security Roundtable

Contact: Peter Cutler

State and Local Government and First Responder Representatives Meet with DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute in City Hall

Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined Congressman Brian Higgins and a group including representatives of state and local government, first responders and private industry in a roundtable meeting with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute. The roundtable luncheon was held in the Mayor’s conference room in City Hall.

“I was very pleased to host Deputy Secretary Lute and the group of government, first response and private industry representatives for a roundtable luncheon that enabled us to have a detailed and insightful conversation on a wide variety of regional topics affected by homeland security,” said Mayor Brown. “Deputy Secretary Lute discussed her current tour of our nation’s northern border and Canada, while providing my colleagues and me a chance to discuss regional issues that are directly affected by our nation’s homeland security policies. It was a frank and edifying discussion, which was an excellent way to get to know the new leadership at DHS.”

Law enforcement, fire and emergency services representatives from Erie and Niagara Counties joined in on the roundtable discussion, along with area private sector organization leadership.

‘With the Deputy Secretary’s busy schedule and an earlier press availability at the Peace Bridge, the roundtable luncheon provided a excellent opportunity to discuss cross-border security issues, the importance of the free-flow of commerce between Canada and the U.S. via our region’s bridges, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), and other homeland security-related issues,” said Mayor Brown. “I look forward to future opportunities to discuss these critically important issues with both Deputy Secretary Lute and Secretary Janet Napolitano.”

Today’s roundtable meeting comes one week after Mayor Brown participated in a conference call with Vice President Joe Biden and 25-30 other Mayors and Governors regarding federal stimulus funding for job-producing projects in their respective communities. Mayor Brown focused his questions to Vice President Biden on the City of Buffalo’s accessing funding for important energy efficiency initiatives in Buffalo and the ability of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to gain critically necessary federal Health and Human Service stimulus funds to expand the BNMC’s programs in the city’s core.

“Both of these opportunities gave me the chance to speak directly to key senior members of President Obama’s Administration and share with them the specific plans and programs my Administration and our local partners are working on together to make the City of Buffalo and our region stronger and more viable,” said Mayor Brown. “I will continue to take every opportunity to put Buffalo front and center with our nation’s and state’s leaders to ensure that the city receives the funding and support we deserve.”