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Mayor wants lawmakers to focus on reform, infrastructure at legislative session

April 3, 2013

NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu looked ahead to the legislative session when he spoke at a special Bureau of Governmental Research breakfast briefing.

He discussed the city’s priorities and the legislation he wants local lawmakers to pursue.

The mayor said he wanted to continue to aggressively reform the institutions that matter.

New Orleans usually operates on a tight budget and is currently dealing with the funding of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office consent decree and the New Orleans Police Department consent decree. Landrieu said the city does not have the money.

“Crime is the number one issue in the city of New Orleans. I’m going to try to get the BGR and everybody else in this city to focus on the murder issue and reforming the NOPD,” he said.

He also wants to focus on infrastructure.

“I asked for a rate increase for sewer and water rates so that we can start rebuilding our infrastructure. But I committed that we would also have major governors reform and management reform of the Sewerage and Water Board,” he said.

Additionally, he believes it is critically important to restructure the juvenile justice system.

“We’ll also continue with juvenile justice reform that we started. We broke ground the other day on a $32 million juvenile justice facility but we don’t need six juvenile judges anymore. That’s more than we need,” Landrieu said.

Lawmakers will head to Baton Rouge on Monday to begin the regular legislative session.

The briefing started at 8 a.m. at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place.

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