Dem Mayor Who Blew $30K on First-Class Flights Found Living in Luxury Taxpayer-Funded Apartment

Dem Mayor Who Blew $30K on First-Class Flights Found Living in Luxury Taxpayer-Funded Apartment
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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, a Democrat, admitted to living in a $3000-a-month luxury apartment rent-free just weeks after being caught blowing $30,000 on first-class fights, all funded by the taxpayer.

Last month, Cantrell was caught spending city funds on first class air travel, saying economy class was ‘unsafe’ for black women.

Cantrell’s opulent apartment is located in the city’s Upper Pontalba building on Jackson Square in the famous district.

The apartment, which has a market rate of $2,991 per month, is owned by the city and managed by the French Market Corp.

A spokesperson for Cantrell said the Mayor had done nothing wrong, arguing that everything is legal according to the city’s terms with French Market Corp.

But despite Cantrell’s spokesperson’s claims, the city’s Metropolitan Crime Commission sent a report asking for an investigation into the Mayor’s use of the apartment.

Images of Cantrell going in and out of the apartment are included in the MCC report, as well as allegations she had been staying overnight regularly at the apartment.

City Council President Helena Moreno has requested time to review the evidence before commencing an investigation.

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A French Market Corp board member spokesperson, Eugene Green, said he isn’t aware of any regulations or procedures that may have been violated.’

Evidence

According to FMC records, which WWL-TV obtained, no rent was paid on the apartment between September 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022.

It has also been alleged that a city employee has been used as a de facto building super to fix problems in the apartment.

The report shows Cantrell speaking with Byron Cornelison of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy about a bathroom leak. She requested Cox Cable employees to fix the WiFi in the apartment.

The president of the MCC, Rafael Goyeneche, said the arrangement is improper for the Mayor, adding “That’s an additional benefit tax-free that she’s been receiving. She doesn’t need to be residing there or using that. And I think that it’s a misuse and abuse of her authority. But I’m waiting to see what the city council’s position is.”

Goyeneche has demanded an investigation from the council.

“The mayor’s usage of the city-owned apartment at the Pontalba is consistent with the usage of previous mayors,” Cantrell’s communications director, Gregory Joseph, responded.

“In the 2013 franchise agreement, there are no rules governing how that unit should be used and the FMC believes the mayor has no obligation to pay rent on that apartment because she’s using it in the same manner that previous mayors have enjoyed.”

Mayor’s luxury lifestyle

The Mayor recently declared economy class passenger flights unsafe for black women and refused to repay $30,000 of taxpayers’ money blown on first-class flights.

“My travel accommodations are a matter of safety, not of luxury,” Cantrell said Thursday at a press conference.

“As all women know, our health and safety are often disregarded and we are left to navigate alone. “

“As the mother of a young child whom I live for, I am going to protect myself by any reasonable means in order to ensure I am there to see her grow into the strong woman I am raising her to be,” the Mayor said.

“Anyone who wants to question how I protect myself just doesn’t understand the world black women walk in,” she added.

Cantrell spent around $10,000 on her own flatbed seat while blowing a similar amount on first-class return to France in 2022, while her aides were forced to travel by coach.

Cantrell said her luxury jet-set lifestyle was to help her do business on behalf of the city, saying she wouldn’t be safe traveling economy.

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The law department is still examining whether Cantrell must repay the $30,000 in taxpayer money for first-class tickets.

The Mayor faced a firey reposne during a press conference when asked if she considered paying out to replenish city coffers.

“All expenses incurred doing business on behalf of the city of New Orleans will not be reimbursed to the city of New Orleans,” Mayor Cantrell said, speaking outside the Nix Library.

“One thing is clear; I do my job and I will continue to do it with distinction and integrity every step of the way. And so, that’s what I have to say on that!” she said.

But the city’s travel policy says otherwise:

“Employees are required to purchase the lowest airfare available…Employees who choose an upgrade from coach, economy, or business class flights are solely responsible for the difference in cost.”

The policy also states:

“Any reconciliation of travel expenses that results in overpayment by the City requires that the employee reimburse the City within twenty business days.”

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tommer
1 month ago

I guess those rules are for the little people not her

justsayin
justsayin
1 month ago

She needs to be strongly reminded she’s a public servant / employee; NOT a celebrity.

tpm
tpm
Reply to  justsayin
1 month ago

All youall don’t no who I be.

TomasCruz
TomasCruz
1 month ago

This would be national news if she was a republican, luckily for her she’s a democrat.

BKMart
BKMart
1 month ago

She live bling cuz her safety.

Bluto
Bluto
1 month ago

Just another day in the life of a filthy democrat. They are pure scum.

Anticommie
Anticommie
1 month ago

It’s not safe to live among certain people who commit the vast majority of all crime, but we have to.

Huapakechi
Huapakechi
1 month ago

“Some animals are more equal than others”. Animal Farm, George Orwell.

Anticommie
Anticommie
1 month ago

She is going to hate being ousted from office. Ousting her from office will also be “raycess.”

Bud Sage
Bud Sage
1 month ago

She’s right. Every day I hear about black women being raped, robbed of their hot sauce and then thrown out of coach class airlines seats without a parachute. It’s epidemic; of almost biblical proportion. So sad!

Lazarus Red Dog
1 month ago

BuyLargerMansions member?

Crotte
Crotte
1 month ago

Time for her to resign and New Orleans get a real Mayor that cares for the city!!!!!!

David
David
1 month ago

“One thing is clear; I do my job and I will continue to do it with distinction and integrity every step of the way. And so, that’s what I have to say on that!” she said.

ADLoggy
ADLoggy
1 month ago

Didn’t take her long to pull out the race card and say it’s for the children. Definitely a demoncrat.

D3F1ANT
D3F1ANT
1 month ago

Can Democrats be any more corrupt? It’s a result of choosing their candidates based on equity instead of merit. They get hucksters, con men, and frauds.

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

The Mardi Gras Krewe d’État should have a nice float to honor Her Excellency.

poetrooper
poetrooper
1 month ago

Ironically, the mayor is very likely statistically safer on an airplane than in the city she apparently thinks she rules, the murder capital of this country…

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