Kenner Mayoral Candidates Applaud MO National Guard

1 decade 4 years 3 months ago Thursday, March 23 2006 Mar 23, 2006 Thursday, March 23, 2006 7:51:18 PM CST March 23, 2006 in News

A new storm is brewing in the town, involving both mayoral candidates: Police Chief Nick Congemi and Mayor Phil Capitano.

They're battling over what happened since the Missouri National Guard left the area six months ago.

Congemi is furious. He says the cleanup's a catastrophe.

"The government officials in Kenner decided they were going to pay for it," Congemi said. "They thought they could do it better than FEMA. And, as it turns out, as you can see by all the trash that's still around, they didn't. And they ended up spending all the money in the city's treasury."

"Unfortunately, he doesn't understand the process," responded Capitano. "He's not involved in the process, so he really doesn't know."

The mayor says FEMA is reimbursing the city for its $18 million cleanup, but dthe city has yet to see a dollar.

The cleanup is a big issue in April's mayoral election that is splitting the town.

Both candidates agreed that the Missouri National Guard did great work in Kenner.

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