Mayor of New Orleans Amsterdam trip

New documents show how much the city of New Orleans spent on a trip the mayor and several other city employees took to Amsterdam last month. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell attended the Bloomberg CityLab conference in Amsterdam from October 9-11. The conference is in partnership with the Aspen Institute and aims to bring together mayors and municipal leaders from around the world to discuss solutions to pressing issues in their communities. Cantrell’s director of communications, Gregory Joseph, told WDSU Investigates that the city felt this was an important trip for the mayor, as the conference was focused on improving the quality of life in communities. communities. The city is expected to release a full statement regarding the trip Friday afternoon. WDSU Investigates has requested all travel documents from city employees who participated in the trip on October 7. Trip participants included Mayor LaToya Cantrell; Joseph; Liana Elliot, former director of policy and government operations for the city and Robert Monelon, the mayor’s security. Cantrell was invited to attend the conference by The Aspen Institute, a nonprofit organization that strives to bring leaders together to solve complex problems and find solutions, according to its website. The Aspen Institute paid for part of Cantrell’s flight and Elliot’s flight. The association also paid for everyone’s hotel rooms. The Aspen Institute paid a total of $14,889.05 for the trip. The city paid $13,151.11. According to travel documents, Cantrell flew in United Airlines Premium Economy, but did not book his own plane ticket; the Aspen Institute did. Elliot has flown business class twice and first class twice. These tickets were paid for in full by the Aspen Institute, according to travel documents. The city said the Aspen Institute booked a higher flight than it allocated to pay for Cantrell’s seat, so the city paid the difference, a total of $390. The city said the $390 fee was under city travel policy and covered. The city also paid for Monelon and Joseph’s flights. Joseph’s flight cost $2,589.98 and Monelon’s cost $2,589.98. Joseph and Monelon were traveling economy class, according to travel documents. All city employees received daily allowances for food. Cantrell, Monelon and Elliot received $1,781.31 per day and Joseph received $1,991.20. According to the city, due to a paperwork error, Cantrell, Monelon and Elliot received less per diem than they were supposed to receive. However, all three did not seek reimbursement from the city for the difference in per diem, a total of $209.89, according to the city. The city has confirmed that Cantrell, Elliot and Joseph are all salaried employees. WDSU requested documents from the New Orleans Police Department to find out how much the city was charged for the time Monelon spent while providing security for the trip. At the time of this publication, WDSU Investigates had not heard back. The City’s Office of Chief Administration confirmed that since no upgrades were made by Cantrell or his team on this trip, no money was owed to the City.

New documents show how much the city of New Orleans spent on a trip the mayor and several other city employees took to Amsterdam last month.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell attended the Bloomberg CityLab conference in Amsterdam from October 9-11.

The conference is in partnership with the Aspen Institute and aims to bring together mayors and municipal leaders from around the world to discuss solutions to pressing issues in their communities.

Cantrell’s director of communications, Gregory Joseph, told WDSU Investigates that the city felt this was an important trip for the mayor, as the conference was focused on improving the quality of life in communities. communities.

The city is expected to release a full statement regarding the trip Friday afternoon.

WDSU Investigates has requested all travel documents from city employees who participated in the trip on October 7.

Trip participants included Mayor LaToya Cantrell; Joseph; Liana Elliot, former director of policy and government operations for the city and Robert Monelon, the mayor’s security.

Cantrell was invited to attend the conference by The Aspen Institute, a nonprofit organization that strives to bring leaders together to solve complex problems and find solutions, according to its website.

The Aspen Institute paid for part of Cantrell’s flight and Elliot’s flight. The association also paid for everyone’s hotel rooms.

The Aspen Institute paid a total of $14,889.05 for the trip. The city paid $13,151.11.

According to travel documents, Cantrell flew in United Airlines Premium Economy, but did not book his own plane ticket; the Aspen Institute did.

Elliot has flown business class twice and first class twice. These tickets were paid for in full by the Aspen Institute, according to travel documents.

The city said the Aspen Institute booked a higher flight than it allocated to pay for Cantrell’s seat, so the city paid the difference, a total of $390.

The city said the $390 fee was under city travel policy and covered.

The city also paid for Monelon and Joseph’s flights. Joseph’s flight cost $2,589.98 and Monelon’s cost $2,589.98. Joseph and Monelon were traveling economy class, according to travel documents.

All city employees received daily allowances for food.

Cantrell, Monelon and Elliot received $1,781.31 per day and Joseph received $1,991.20.

According to the city, due to a paperwork error, Cantrell, Monelon and Elliot received less per diem than they were supposed to receive. However, all three did not seek reimbursement from the city for the difference in per diem, a total of $209.89, according to the city.

The city has confirmed that Cantrell, Elliot and Joseph are all salaried employees.

WDSU requested documents from the New Orleans Police Department to find out how much the city was charged for the time Monelon spent while providing security for the trip.

At the time of this publication, WDSU Investigates had not heard back.

The City’s Office of Chief Administration confirmed that since no upgrades were made by Cantrell or his team on this trip, no money was owed to the City.

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