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CORRADINI AMONG 6 THAT MET WITH GORE

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Not everyone can chat with Vice President Al Gore about what President Clinton should stress in his upcoming budget and State of the Union address.

But Salt Lake Mayor Deedee Corradini did Thursday.She and five other U.S. mayors met with Gore for just over an hour to explain what the highest federal priorities of cities nationwide are for the coming year.

"An issue of interest to people back in Salt Lake City that we talked about briefly was the Olympics," Corradini said afterward.

Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell thanked Gore - who oversaw federal help this year with the Atlanta Olympics - for his work, and Corradini said she looked forward to similar federal help for her city's Olympics in 2002.

"He said how excited he is about Salt Lake City winning the Olympic bid, and how proud he is," Corradini said.

She added that she invited him to the city in January for dedication of the Olympic bobsled luge course. "He was noncommittal. So we'll also send him a letter to see if his schedule allows it."

Corradini - second vice-president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, who is in line to be that group's president in 1998 - said mayors also urged high priority for crime fighting, anti-drug efforts, tax incentives, environmental cleanup and working out details of welfare reform.

She said she, Campbell and the mayors of Philadelphia, Detroit, Dade County, Fla., and Bridgeport, Conn., stressed that mayors nationwide want to be consulted on such issues and can help develop policy on them, and help implement it.

"We can help develop policy on those issues as we did with the crime bill," she said. "These issues are all important to us."

For example, she said greater help with environmental cleanup of "brownfields" could be a key to her city's "Gateway" project to clean up old railyards on its west side and allow greater development and better highway and freeway access there.