W. Chester officials part of Obama ‘fiscal cliff’ call

by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 12/13/12

As Congress and residents across the country raise concern about the so-called “fiscal cliff,” West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta joined roughly 100 other leaders in the United States Wednesday for a conference call with President Barack Obama.

Comitta said she has been a part of a handful of the calls organized by the local government liaison at the White House, most recently in January. Earlier she was part of a conversation with First Lady Michelle Obama on her Let’s Move! campaign.

According to Comitta, the goals of the conference call were for the president to listen to concerns, to clarify his position on addressing the financial crisis with a balanced approach, and to get constituents to speak to their representatives and senators in support of that approach.

Comitta and West Chester Councilwoman Cassandra Jones were joined on the 25-minute call by other mayors, county officials and community leaders from across the country. The president fielded questions and comments from a select group while on the call.

“The calls are actually very chatty, but also very substantive and very well organized,” Comitta said. …

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