Life and business go on in JP even with weakened president

Wynton Yates talks to Jefferson Parish business owners about if Mike Yenni's sexting scandal will affect the economy of the parish.

MARRERO, La. -- A ribbon cutting is normally a place you'd see a parish president, but Tuesday Mike Yenni wasn't on the West Bank.

"I think it effects the parish as a whole" said Councilman Ricky Templet.

As support for Yenni fades some, like Templet, believe attracting new business to the parish could be the first of many casualties.

"I think it makes him ineffective now as a parish president to move things forward in the direction we need to go,” Templet said. 

Tuesday, Jefferson Parish welcomed Ochsner's brand new, stand-alone Emergency Room on Lapalco Boulevard. The facility is packed with state-of-the-art medical equipment and some of the state's top emergency physicians. Tod Murphy of the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce said days like Tuesday are where economic develop begins.

"When something like this opens, it's always a catalyst for either more retail, more restaurants, or what have you in the service industry,” Murphy said.

Even with the community calling for Yenni to give up his seat, Murphy said the parish will move forward.

"It's been a concern of course, but like everything, this too will pass and we're staying focused on bringing business in," he said.

As you looked around the room full of people celebrating the opening you didn't see Yenni but you did see other city and state leaders like Senate president John Alario who believes it’s time for everyone to put their best foot forward.

"The parish isn't going to go to heck because one guy kind of slipped up a bit. I think there's an obligation for all of us to work together to bypass all of those things. You saw two of the parish council members were here along with me. So all of us are willing to pick up the slack and make things happen," said Alario.
 

(© 2016 WWL)


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