Ray Nagin

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's journey began with an enormous amount of promise, and ended in a federal indictment just over ten years later. Read more in this list of local and national stories over that time.


Latest News
7:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Businessman Expected To Plead Guilty To Bribery During Nagin Administration

Plea expected in federal court.

A businessman is expected to plead guilty later today in federal court to bribery charges. The case is widely believed to involve former Mayor Ray Nagin.

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New Orleans Corruption
10:19 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Businessman Linked to Nagin Pleads Guilty

A Louisiana businessman linked to a federal probe of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges that he paid a $50,000 bribe to a former city official.

Authorities haven't identified the official Frank Fradella allegedly conspired to bribe. 

New Orleans Corruption
9:26 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Businessman Linked to Nagin to Plead Guilty

The lawyer for a businessman linked to a corruption probe of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said his client expects to plead guilty in federal court to conspiring to bribe a former New Orleans official.

Randy Smith, lawyer for Frank Fradella, wouldn't name the ex-official. A two-count bill of information filed Tuesday against Fradella identifies the official only as "public official A" and that he served the city from May 2002 to May 2010 — a period that coincides with Nagin's tenure.

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Hurricane Katrina
1:22 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Remembering The Eye Of The Storm



I'm Allison Keyes, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Michel Martin is away.

Five years ago today, New Orleans was bracing itself for what would become one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. Some were injured during the storm, but many more died in the hours and in the days afterward waiting for help to arrive. We'll talk with the much criticized and much praised former mayor of New Orleans in a minute. That, of course, is Ray Nagin.

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WWNO News Reports
9:54 am
Fri March 5, 2010

Nagin Testifies in DC about Stafford Act

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is testifying in Washington, D.C. for changes in the way the federal government responds to a disaster.

Mayor Nagin has testified before Congress more than a dozen times since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He's currently chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors task force on reforming the Stafford Act.

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Around the Nation
10:35 am
Wed December 23, 2009

NOLA Mayoral Hopefuls: We're Not Ray Nagin

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu's last-minute bid to replace Mayor Ray Nagin has energized New Orleans' mayoral race.
Cheryl Gerber AP

Candidates in New Orleans are lining up to replace current Mayor Ray Nagin. By law, the two-term mayor can't run again. But his legacy is affecting the current race: His troubled tenure has hopefuls promising big changes in the Big Easy.

Nagin's second term as mayor has been dominated by escalating crime, a federal probe of the police department, corruption scandals at city hall, and general dissatisfaction with a slow and uneven recovery.

Xavier University sociologist Silas Lee says Nagin faced high expectations after Hurricane Katrina, and he hasn't delivered.

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WWNO News Reports
1:38 am
Fri December 18, 2009

Mayor Nagin announces budget cuts

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has announced budget cuts he says are to the "bare bones." He said next year's budget approved by the City Council gave him no choice but to slash spending.

Mayor Nagin said City Hall and other offices will be closed on Fridays. Police will have to make do with the amount of fuel it used at levels set last year. City workers will be paying more money for reduced health care.

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WWNO News Reports
1:46 am
Wed April 8, 2009

Nagin News Conference

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is under fire on several matters that he confronted in a wide-ranging news conference outside City Hall.

It was set up to announce direct flights to Mexico and Honduras. But after only a few questions were posed on that subject, Mayor Nagin stood alone in front of the podium and answered questions about how he's been making the news lately.

About his former technology director, Greg Meffert, picking up the tab for a Hawaiian vacation for the Nagin family in 2004.

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City Budget
9:14 am
Wed December 3, 2008

New Orleans city budget under review

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is reviewing the budget approved after a 12-hour City Council session. Whether he signs it isn't clear. The mayor wanted a tax increase to fill a $24 million budget shortfall. The council instead plugged much of the deficit with the city's disaster loans. Nagin calls the tactic a "financial train wreck."

The council has control of about half the $1.1 billion budget. Federal and state grants make up the rest.

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Hurricane Gustav
2:59 am
Wed September 10, 2008

Mayor Nagin Evaluates Evacuation

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Mayor Ray Nagin is taking a look at how the city handled Hurricane Gustav, while keeping a close eye on the track of Hurricane Ike.