Mayor Landrieu delivers State of the City Address

Mayor Landrieu delivers State of the City Address

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu just wrapped up his annual State of the City Address touting the post-Katrina progress and acknowledging the work that still needs to be done.

Landrieu says a month of activities is scheduled to commemorate the 10th anniversary of hurricane Katrina.

It will be called "K-10 Resilient New Orleans."

The mayor touted progress in reducing homelessness and blight.

He said 9,000 jobs were created since he took office, but crime remains a serious issue and efforts to improve relations between the community and police must continue.

"Five years ago our police department teetered on collapse. Now we are executing the most comprehensive police reform in American history. For generations in Ne Orleans and across the country there have been problems between the police and community. These issues must be dealt with honestly and immediately," said Mayor Landrieu.

Landrieu says the city continues to fight money shortages in light of the two consent decrees and the jail reforms mandated by the courts.

"The streets can be a dangerous place. Since 2011, eight of our officers have been shot in the line of duty. And let us not only remember NOPD officer Rodney Thomas taken from us two years ago, but also Housing Authority of New Orleans officer James Bennett Jr. who just a few days ago was assassinated as he sat in his patrol car."

The mayor says the city has also launched a new website, to provide updates on the city's recovery efforts and to address ongoing challenges and the events planned leading up to the anniversary of Katrina.

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