Mayor ally gets $250,000 city contract _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON -- Dottie Belletto

Months before an ally of Mayor Mitch Landrieu would lose a profitable lease on a city-owned property in the French Quarter, she signed an even bigger deal to manage events for the city.

The city will pay Dottie Belletto’s company, New Orleans Convention Co. Inc., nearly $250,000 a year to handle major events. Even before the contract was signed, her company already had handled the first two: a Jazz Fest event and Landrieu’s second-term inauguration.

Belletto frequently handles events for the city and the mayor’s campaigns. Landrieu also appointed her to the board that oversees the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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