- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu says New Orleans has come a long way in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and the five years since he took office, but still has a lot of work to do.

A website called Katrina10.org will showcase the city’s recovery, Landrieu said in his “State of the City” speech Thursday.

“We have been through more than most but we survived it because we were together,” he said. “And while we still have work left to do, ours is a story of strength and resilience, and it’s a story we must share.”

He focused mainly on changes since he took office in 2010. He won election that year in a landslide over 10 opponents to succeed the term-limited Ray Nagin, who is now serving a prison sentence for corruption. Landrieu was re-elected by a wide margin last year.

“When we took office in 2010 we inherited a mess,” Landrieu said in prepared remarks. “Simply put, five years after the storm, we were still struggling to make it.”

In the years since, he said, New Orleans has gone from near bankruptcy to a surplus, from the nation’s murder capital to a 43-year low for killings, and from 10,000 homeless people to just over 1,700.

While noting efforts to reform a scandal-plagued police department, he also took pains to mention the sacrifices of police officers.

“The overwhelming majority of our police officers do the right thing, the right way for the right reasons,” he said, noting that eight officers have been shot in the line of duty since 2011 - most recently a public housing officer killed Sunday.

He said new stores and restaurants have boosted sales tax revenue more than 9 percent in each of the past two years.

Landrieu said unfinished business includes public safety. Despite a lower murder rate, violent crime continues to be a major problem. Also on the agenda are economic development and housing affordability.

Landrieu noted that courts say the city must put tens of millions of dollars into the jail and the firefighters’ pension fund - the legacy of problems spanning decades. His administration has been fighting both orders.

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