By Ariella Cohen, The Lens staff writer |
In the nine months since Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration took over City Hall, long-delayed capital projects have made steady, if slow, progress. Even so, don’t expect to see too many cranes in the sky just yet.
Grandstanding is a tradition as old as politics itself. Knowing that, The Lens was not surprised to hear the city’s deputy chief administrative officer accuse inquisitive City Council members of holding up progress at Thursday’s City Council meeting.
When New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin explained in mid-December the administration’s decision to close most city buildings on Friday, he described it as a last-resort attempt to save the city money on utility costs and janitorial services. Budget document released by his office show a projected $100,000 savings on janitorial service in Municipal Traffic Court, Criminal District Court and City Hall and another $30,000 monthly on utility costs at 1300 Perdido Street, adding up to $460,000 annually.