CHICAGO (AP) — Mayors of some of America's biggest cities say municipalities are driving the county's economic growth but have been abandoned by leaders in Washington, D.C.
Bill de Blasio of New York, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Kasim Reed of Atlanta spoke Thursday at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics.
The four Democrats say their cities face challenges such as education, pension debt, outdated infrastructure and income inequality.
They say they know they're largely on their own to solve problems because federal funding has dried up. Emanuel says Washington is "totally AWOL" on issues concerning the cities.
But they say as mayors they're able to implement new ideas and quickly see results.
Reed says "Cities are where the action is."