Mayor Landrieu sues St. Charles Parish Council over aviation board appointment process

Tia Benton Oct. 15, 2012, 4:20am

New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu

NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitchell Landrieu is suing all 10 sitting members of the St. Charles Parish Council for allegedly misapplying the law in appointing new members to the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB).

Landrieu filed suit against the St. Charles Parish Council; St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre, Jr. and St. Charles Parish Council members, Carolyn Schexnaydre, Clayton Faucheux, Terrell Wilson, Shelley Tastet, Wendy Benedetto, Paul H. Hogan, Larry Cochran, Traci Fletcherand Dennis Nuss in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on Sept. 12.

The suit alleges that the council is in violation of the city's Home Rule Charter. The charter states that members of NOAB shall be designated by the St. Charles Parish Council and appointed by the mayor of the City of New Orleans.

Following Landrieu's veto of St. Charles Parish's last NOAB nominee, the council had again nominated the same candidate.

Landrieu is seeking declaratory action and injunctive relief from the court declaring that the Home Rule Charter is the governing document for the appointing of members to the NOAB and that he has met his obligations to St. Charles Parish. He also seeks all general and equitable relief he is entitled to as Mayor of the City of New Orleans.

The plaintiff is represented by Attorney Sharonda R. Williams.

This case has been assigned to Division D Judge Lloyd J. Medley.

Case no. 2012-8721.

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