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District A
Joseph I. Giarrusso III

City Hall, Room 2W80 
1300 Perdido Street 
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Joe Giarrusso is in his second term as the Councilmember for District A. During his time in office, he has stressed two basic principles: government should make residents' lives easier and the best policy decisions are where efficiency intersects with equity. 

During his first term as a councilmember, Joe is most proud of his work helping residents. Through his tax plan, he saved taxpayers more than $60 million over four years. One of his top priorities was bringing more accountability and transparency to the Sewerage and Water Board. As Chair of the Public Works Committee, he ensured the Council and public received quarterly reports from SWBNO, publicized summaries of its Board meetings, and worked on solutions for infrastructure. He looks forward to serving as Chair of the Budget Committee. 

Throughout his previous term, Joe also emphasized the importance of consistent communication with residents. He assured meaningful public engagement by requiring virtual, telephonic, or in-person informational meetings for major land use issues. He ensured residents could receive updates on permits near their homes. He passed legislation lowering the application fees for certain types of housing. He implemented an overlay, developed with neighbors and stakeholders across District A, to stem the tide of "Doubles to Dorms" in the University area. Joe continues to work with state and local leaders to revitalize West End. Finally, Joe is publishing data from our constituent services database to illustrate what issues most impact certain neighborhoods. Please see the Engagements Dashboard below.

Joe grew up in District A, graduating with honors from Jesuit High School. He graduated with high honors, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas. In 2001, he finished in the top 5 percent of his law school class at Louisiana State University. He is married to fellow attorney, Cassie Giarrusso, and together they have two daughters. 

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Joseph I. Giarrusso III, Councilmember District "A"
Name Title Email
General Contact 504-658-1010, 504-658-1016 (fax)  
Joseph I. Giarrusso III Councilmember Joseph.Giarrusso@nola.gov
Amanda Rizzo Chief of Staff Amanda.Rizzo@nola.gov
Nina Killeen Special Projects Director Nina.Killeen@nola.gov
Claire F. Byun Communications and Land Use Director Claire.Byun@nola.gov
LeeAnn M. Moss Constituent Services Director LeeAnn.Moss@nola.gov
Aimee McCarron  Policy Director Aimee.McCarron@nola.gov

Latest News

July 24, 2023

City Council Requests Taxing Agencies Not Roll Forward Their Millages After Huge Quadrennial Reassessments

This is a quadrennial reassessment year. As reported, the average property value has shot up by 23%. Residents are already burdened with skyrocketing insurance rates, higher utility costs, and increased costs for goods and services. They have been writing us to say they are tapped out. 

September 12, 2022

Councilmember Joe Giarrusso Convenes Mental Health Stakeholders to Help Fill Gaps in Citywide Care

NEW ORLEANS - Thursday, September 15, District A Councilmember Joe Giarrusso will
convene more than a dozen mental health stakeholders to help identify and fill gaps in
mental health care access across the city.

February 3, 2022

Councilmembers Release Preliminary Action Items to Address Violent Crime

Today, Council President Helena Moreno, Vice-President J.P. Morrell, and Councilmembers Lesli Harris and Joe Giarrusso announced the release of a compilation of action items to address surging violent crime in our communities. These Councilmembers will continue to receive feedback from the public and collaborate with the full Council on solutions, noting that public safety is the Council’s top priority.

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