New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is not among those celebrating the suspension of tolls on the Crescent City Connection following the ruling by a Baton Rouge state judge yesterday.
"I think the judge made the wrong decision. I hope the Secretary of State appeals it," Landrieu told WWL-TV.
The judge sided with toll opponents who argued hundreds of voters were disenfranchised by being given provisional ballots which did not have the toll issue.
According to Landrieu, "It seems to me, the judge with a limited amount of information, basically disenfranchised a whole, huge number of people."
Prior to the November 2012 election, Landrieu had been joined in support of keeping the tolls for another 20 years by some other local political leaders such as Gretna Mayor Ronnie Harries, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni, and some New Orleans City Council members.
Today, Landrieu again maintained that continuation of the tolls are vital.
"At the end of the day, it's about providing safety and economic development to the people in and around the City of New Orleans," the Mayor said.
The judge in the case has ordered a May 4th re-vote on the tolls measure. Attorneys for opponents of the tolls tell WWL First News that toll proponents indicated to the judge that they will not appeal the ruling.