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Mayor LaToya Cantrell

On May 7, 2018, LaToya Cantrell made history as New Orleans’ first woman mayor in its 300-year history. After that historic victory, Mayor Cantrell was inaugurated to a second term on January 10, 2022. Her passion for the City of Yes and her dedication to its residents remains stronger than ever.  

In her first term as Mayor, the Cantrell Administration was pivotal in negotiations to pass Fair Share legislation, securing $200M over five years for infrastructure, as well as getting voter approval in 2019 for a Short-Term Rental Visitors Tax and $500M Bond Authorization. In 2020, she also became laser-focused on protecting the public health and safety of the city’s residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as demonstrating first-hand her commitment to creating a more equitable and safer New Orleans for all residents. 

In 2021, the City of New Orleans, under Mayor Cantrell's leadership, achieved a critical milestone in selecting a developer for the former Six Flags site in New Orleans East, which has sat dormant for over 16 years as a result of Hurricane Katrina. This symbolized the administration's larger approach to leveraging City-owned assets and creating a more equitable and vibrant economy for all New Orleans residents and businesses. 

As she begins her second term, Mayor Cantrell remains focused on the issues of public safety, infrastructure, affordable housing and improving the quality of life for all New Orleans residents.

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February 27, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS ANNOUNCES NEW RESOURCES FOR HISPANIC ENTREPRENEURS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EL CENTRO, NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES

The City of New Orleans today announced new resources available for entrepreneurs through a partnership with El Centro, a New Orleans-based non-profit fostering the economic mobility of Latinos in South Louisiana by providing culturally competent business and financial coaching in Spanish. These resources include video and text tutorials on how to obtain occupational and sales tax licenses.

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February 27, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lane Closures on Eastbound I-10 for Streetlight Repairs

The City of New Orleans today announced that starting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at approximately 9 a.m., the Department of Public Works (DPW), in close coordination with the Louisiana Department of Transportation (LaDOTD), will close the eastbound left lane, along the stretch of I-10 between Gravier Street and Orleans Avenue (see map).

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February 26, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans to Host Free Paper Shredding During Recycling Drop-Off Event on Saturday, March 2

On Saturday, March 2, the City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation will host a paper shredding event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center, located at 2829 Elysian Fields Ave. Given the high demand for Shred Day events, it is recommended that residents arrive early to take advantage of shredding services before capacity has been exhausted.

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February 25, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City Of New Orleans Statement on City Hall Closure Monday, Feb. 26

Due to emergency repairs to a main water valve causing water service interruption for the entire City Hall building, City Hall will be closed out an abundance of caution and safety to the public and City Hall employees on Monday, Feb. 26. However, City Hall services will remain open virtually.

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February 24, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

MAYOR CANTRELL ISSUES STATEMENT ON PASSING OF KERRY “FATMAN” HUNTER

Mayor LaToya Cantrell today issued the following statement on the passing of Kerry “Fatman” Hunter.

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February 22, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans Provides Updates on ARPA-Funded Initiatives

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law.  The $1.9 trillion package was designed to directly combat the COVID 19-pandemic and its impacts to states and municipalities.  The City of New Orleans received $388 million in ARPA funds, and as of Feb. 2024, $245 million has been spent and another $48.5 million is obligated, representing 76 percent of the City’s total appropriation.  

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