Mayor Landrieu Calls Emergency City Council Meeting

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landrieu state of the city 05.22.2012New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is calling an emergency meeting of the New Orleans City Council for Thursday morning.

They mayor wants to discus the costs of the two federal consent decrees with the city.

The first consent decree deals with the NOPD, and city council members say they’ve budgeted the money to fulfill its obligations.

But the second consent decree deals with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department and could force the city to find tens of millions of dollars it doesn’t have.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the mayor says, “It is important for the public to know the crippling consequences the City faces if we are forced to write the Sheriff a blank check.”

The meeting is set to begin at 10:00 Thursday morning in city council chambers.