NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell appears to be very close to success in her effort to get more hospitality industry money for the city's infrastructure.
That's the topic of this week's Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell has boldly gone where no New Orleans mayor has gone before: She has brought the city's hospitality industry to heel. The result: millions more for drainage.
Cantrell started pressing hospitality leaders for infrastructure money in January. Now, just over three months later, she appears to have succeeded. A deal hasn't been announced yet, but it's being reported that the city will get $48 million in one-time money for the Sewerage & Water Board's most urgent needs, plus up to $27 million a year thereafter.
The devil's always in the details, but if that money materializes, it's a very big win for Cantrell — less than a week before her one-year anniversary as mayor.