Mayor – News – June 2022 – MAYOR CANTRELL PRAISES WORK OF ORLEANS DELEGATION AT 2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today praised the Orleans Delegation for their work during the 2022 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.

“This legislative session, members of the Orleans Delegation fought diligently against some of the most extremist fringe legislation ever proposed in the Louisiana Legislature,” said Mayor Cantrell. “A plethora of far-right conservative legislation that aimed to, among other things, limit teaching accurate history to our children, criminalize physicians and women’s reproductive health, enact discriminatory laws targeting our LGBTQIA+ family and neighbors, further weaken gun laws to place weapons of mass destruction into the hands of any 18-year-old who wants them and turn our schools into gun ranges. Despite the onslaught of nefarious bills introduced by those who are far from having the best interest of all their citizens, our members dug in and remained focused on delivering positive change and resources for the City of New Orleans. The Louisiana Legislature is a better institution thanks to the commitment and dedication of our delegation to serving the people of New Orleans.”

Highlights of the 2022 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature

  • Secured $130.9 million in capital outlay funds for critical infrastructure projects, most notably $32.7 million in Priority 1 ($71.1 million total) for the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans substation
  • Secured $2.3 million in supplemental appropriations for various City departments, including $1.1 million for two sanitation transfer centers
  • Responded to several bills aimed to dictate policy to the City of New Orleans on drainage infrastructure, firearms, vaccines, emergency declarations and public health mandates
  • Passed all bills included in the City’s legislative package, at the request of various City agencies, aimed at improving the ability to govern such as domestic violence and firearms (HB585), illegal demolitions (HB193) and public records modernization (HB473)

Capital Outlay Funding

Richard Lee Playground, Planning and Construction

  • P1: $200,000
  • P5 $3,000,000
  • Total: $3.2 million

Lower Ninth Ward Green Infrastructure Project, Planning and Construction

  • P1: $250,000
  • P5: $2,650,000
  • Total: $2.9 million

West Bank Ferry Terminal Renovations, Planning and Construction

  • P1: $300,000
  • P5: $300,000
  • Total: $600K

Old New Orleans VA Building Rehabilitation

  • P1: $2,000,000
  • P5: $8,000,000
  • Total: $10 million

New Sewerage and Water Board Power Plant, Planning and Construction

  • P1: $32,700,000
  • P5: $39,000,000
  • Total: $71.7 million

Algiers Playgrounds, Renovation of Restrooms, Lighting, Fencing and Playground Equipment, Planning and Construction

  • Cash (SGF Direct): $100,000
  • Total: $100,000

West Bank Park Improvements Including New Soccer and Recreational Facilities, Planning and Construction

  • P1: $1,999,913
  • P5: $11,225,400
  • Total: $13.2 million
    • *$550,000 of the P1 appropriation shall be used to fund the George W. Carver Playgrounds project
    • *$200,000 of the P1 appropriation shall be used to fund the Skate Park at the West Bank Park project

Landside Roadways – Louis Armstrong International North Terminal Project, Planning and Construction

  • P5: $20,000,000
  • Total: $20 million

Lincoln Beach, Planning and Construction

  • Cash (SGF Direct): $500,000
  • Total: $500,000

Monticello Canal Culverts at Airline Highway

  • P2: $750,000
  • P5: $8,250,000
  • Total: $9 million

Total Capital Outlay Funding to City of New Orleans

  • P1: $37,449,913
  • P2: $750,000
  • P5: $92,125,400
  • Cash (SGF Direct): $600,000

Total Capital Outlay Funding: $130.9 million

Supplemental Appropriations

City of New Orleans, two sanitation transfer centers

City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans, Department of Parks and Parkways

City of New Orleans, Department of Economic Development

City of New Orleans, Department of Capital Projects

New Orleans Police Department, for operational materials and information technology equipment

NORD Foundation, for uniforms and equipment for participating athletic teams at parks

Total Supplemental Appropriations: $2.3 million

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