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New orleans Mayor Marks 100 Days

September 12, 2006

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Mayor Ray Nagin marked the first 100 days of his second term Tuesday by announcing the city will establish a department for dealing with the recovery from Hurricane Katrina and post weekly Web updates on the rebuilding.

Nagin, who with other city leaders outlined progress made and challenges that remain, said a comprehensive rebuilding plan is expected by year’s end.

``It’s time to believe in New Orleans,″ he said, likening the city’s situation to that of the hard-luck New Orleans Saints, the NFL team that won its season opener Sunday. ``It’s time to put all our differences aside and come together and move this city to the next level.″

When he was re-elected, Nagin promised quick action on housing, crime, debris removal and other issues in the first 100 days of his new term.

Nagin and other city leaders said progress has been made in several areas, including law enforcement and quality of life. For example, renovations at the jail and criminal courts are expected to be completed next month _ clearing the way for more jury trials _ and water pressure in the city is where it was before Katrina, officials said.

But no one downplayed the challenges that remain, including an uncertain financial future and a long list of infrastructure needs.

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