Harahan Mayor Vinny Mosca says he’ll run for a seat on the City Council rather than seek re-election to the Mayor’s Office this fall.
Mosca said last week he wants to stay involved with the city but wants less work than what he described as the ever-more stressful responsibilities of being mayor.
“The day-to-day duties of the mayor are more and more strenuous today because there’s less money to work with, fewer grants to go after. I am 67 and looking forward to spending more time with my wife and family,” he said.
Mosca has been involved in Harahan politics for two decades, including two previous terms as mayor. Because those terms came before he served two terms on the City Council, he would not be barred by term limits from seeking re-election if he so chose.
Two other candidates also have thrown their hats in the ring for this fall’s council elections. Alan Boudreaux and Michael Maxwell both announced their candidacies at Thursday’s council meeting.
Qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary will occur in late August.
Jeff chamber backs ride-sharing services
As the debate over companies like Uber and Lyft heats up in the New Orleans area, the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on behalf of the app-based ride-sharing services.
The companies, which allow riders to use a smartphone app to grab a ride with amateur drivers rather than taking a taxi, could allow for better service at a cheaper price, according to a news release from the chamber. “The board recognizes that app-based transportation services bring customers and drivers together, increase industry competition and give customers a greater range of choices,” the release said. “The technology could potentially create more jobs while also increasing the efficiency and affordability of existing transportation services.”
There has not yet been an official proposal to allow ride-sharing services in Jefferson Parish, though the issue has been a hot topic elsewhere in the region.
The New Orleans City Council is considering a measure that would allow such companies to operate in the city. Opponents told the council last month that allowing the new operations could harm existing taxi and limousine services and put passengers’ safety at risk.
Last week, Uber launched its service in Baton Rouge.
Hodnett announces for Plaquemines president
With Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser in his second term and unable to run for another four years, Jerry Hodnett has announced that he will seek the parish’s top job in the Nov. 4 election.
Hodnett is a businessman and a former Parish Council member, serving from 1987 to 1995 and again from 2002 to 2010. He was chosen as council chairman four times.
“This is a critical time in our parish, with many challenges facing us from economic development and traffic to levees and coastal restoration,” Hodnett said. “We need a parish president who can provide a vision to move our parish forward” and who also has “the experience and temperament to work with the council to make it a reality.”
Compiled by staff writers Jeff Adelson and Bruce Eggler.