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March 24, 2023

Helena Moreno

Councilmember Moreno Files City's First Right to Organize Legislation for City Workers

Councilmember Moreno Files City's First Right to Organize Legislation for City Workers

NEW ORLEANS - Council Vice President Helena Moreno has filed the City’s first legislation to codify the rights of City workers to organize and form a union. While union contracts have existed within the City for decades, this legislation, first announced last month, would enshrine in law the affirmative rights of City workers to organize and the processes to collectively bargain. Nevertheless, over the past several years, the union has faced continuous impediments and delays from the Administration. This legislation intends to clearly and concisely guide the interactions between the Administration and the union to ensure that collective bargaining will occur in a timely and fair manner. 

February 3, 2022

Helena Moreno, Joseph I. Giarrusso, Jean Paul "JP" Morrell, Lesli Harris

Councilmembers Release Preliminary Action Items to Address Violent Crime

Seal of the City of New Orleans

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.

January 24, 2022

Helena Moreno

Statement from Council President Moreno Regarding Sewerage & Water Board Substation

Statement from Council President Moreno Regarding Sewerage & Water Board Substation

Entergy's inability to finance the Sewerage & Water Board doesn't stop this project because the big difference is that the City now has American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars in hand. Using ARPA funds to pay for the SWBNO substation is now the most straightforward solution to funding this project, and it's also the cheapest for ratepayers. For Entergy to finance the substation means SWBNO ratepayers would be on the hook for almost $30 million in construction costs and another $7 million in Entergy profit.

November 16, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council President Moreno Announces Spring Ballot Measure to Permanently Fund Early Childhood Education

Council President Moreno Announces Spring Ballot Measure to Permanently Fund Early Childhood Education

NEW ORLEANS - Today, Council President Helena Moreno announced the beginning of the process to ask voters to approve a permanent revenue stream for Early Childhood Education in New Orleans. The notice of intent filed this week would place a 5mill measure on the April 2022 ballot for consideration by the City's voters. 

November 15, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council President Moreno Praises Selection of Former Mayor Mitch Landrieu as President’s Senior Advisor for Infrastructure

Council President Moreno Praises Selection of Former Mayor Mitch Landrieu as President’s Senior Advisor for Infrastructure

NEW ORLEANS - Today, Council President Helena Moreno praised the hiring of former mayor Mitch Landrieu as Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator for President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure bill. The nearly $1 trillion package is the largest federal investment in US infrastructure in history.

“Mayor Landrieu is exactly the leader this country needs to effectively and aggressively implement the landmark bipartisan infrastructure package,” said Council President Moreno. “New Orleans needs a significant investment in grid hardening and resiliency, as well as drainage, water management, and more. Mayor Landrieu knows intimately the needs of our city, and I’m confident he’ll be a powerful ally for New Orleans in D.C.” 

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