Mitch Landrieu's record as he concludes 2nd term as New Orleans Mayor on May 7th

May 04, 2018 - 7:02 am
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(WWL.com)

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is set to end his term Monday after 8 years in charge of the Crescent City. Landrieu guided the city through a tumultuous post Katrina recovery period, but political analyst Clancy DuBos says nationally he will be most remembered for his part in the removal of the confederate monuments to Robert E Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.T. Beauregard.

“The monuments issue is something that I think years from now will be a positive thing and history will judge him very favorably for that,” DuBos said.
Despite reports indicating he would be interested, Landrieu says he does not currently plan on running for president in 2020.

New Orleans has suffered frequent, and often crippling floods from routine rainstorms during the latter half of Landrieu’s stewardship. DuBos says the failure of the Sewage and Water Board will weigh on his legacy.

“When the Sewage and Water Board debacle occurred, he responded by bringing some experts, although it will be remembered that it happened, this debacle happened on his watch,” DuBos said.

The city’s finances were a wreck after the now imprisoned former Mayor Ray Nagin’s tenure. DuBos says Landrieu was able to address that problem, but it came at a cost.

“The balanced the city’s budget which is a tremendous accomplishment because he inherited a 97 million dollar hole in the budget from Ray Nagin, but he balanced that budget on the back of police recruiting,” DuBos said.

Mayor-Elect Latoya Cantrell will replace Landrieu.
 

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