Letter from USCM President Philadelphia Mayor Michael NutterWASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following news of the passing of Senator Inouye, U.S. Conference of Mayors President Philadelphia Michael A. Nutter, sent the following letter to the Inouye family: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110125/MM36443LOGO) On behalf of the nation's mayors, I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences for the loss of a husband, father, and patriot. Senator Inouye was a friend of the nation's cities, in all their diversity. He understood the challenges that we face and the opportunities that our cities represent. He would always find time to meet with us, even on the morning after the Japanese tsunami when he had clearly been awake all night out of concern for its victims-- preparing for the worst, praying for the best for the Japanese people and his beloved State of Hawaii. We could always rely on the "Chairman" to keep his word. We always felt we were in the presence of an honorable man. We were always proven right.His patriotism in battle, his contributions to civil rights, his commitment to honesty and fairness and his understanding of the American dream, are characteristics that we will remember him by. We thank you for giving him to us through his life of public service.With our warmest thoughts,Michael A. NutterPresidentThe United States Conference of Mayors The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,295 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.