Congresswoman Beatty Convenes Municipality Mayors Coronavirus Conference Call
COLUMBUS, OH—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) held a conference call with mayors and city managers from across Ohio’s Third Congressional District to discuss federal response efforts to the coronavirus and to hear from them directly about community and constituent needs during this public health crisis.
“As mayors, you know better than anyone what your community needs to get through this economic shockwave,” Beatty said to open the call. “That starts with more direct government support, because with numerous small businesses closed and income tax revenue down, the demand on public agencies and programs is only increasing.” Beatty continued, “The three coronavirus rescue packages I supported in Congress help address many of your concerns, but we know more must be done. In that spirit, I promise to continue to stand up for the lives and livelihood of all my constituents and fight tirelessly to ensure that workers, small businesses, and families come first in the federal government’s ongoing battle against the coronavirus.”
During the call, mayors and/or city managers were invited to ask questions or highlight their work to confront the coronavirus. Issues and concerns were: (1) direct federal and state government funding for all municipalities; (2) the economic impact on social services in communities throughout Ohio funded by income tax revenue; (3) more uniform coronavirus testing standards; and (4) greater public awareness, coordination, and outreach on best practices, prevention measures and constituent services.
Mayors and city managers participating in the call included: Ben Kessler, Mayor of Bexley, Ohio; Andrew Ginther, Mayor of Columbus, Ohio; Laurie Jadwin, Mayor of Gahanna, Ohio; Ike Stage, Mayor of Grove City, Ohio; Christie Ward, Mayor of Lockbourne, Ohio; Angela Kirk, Mayor of Obetz, Ohio; Joe Begeny, Mayor of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; Joseph Barnes, Mayor of Urbancrest, Ohio; Kathy Cocuzzi, Mayor of Westerville, Ohio; David Collinsworth, City Manager of Westerville, Ohio; and Kim Maggard, Mayor of Whitehall, Ohio.