Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says the mayor's proposed 2010 budget slashes 15 percent from the $6 million the city allocated to the DA's office is 2009.  According to Cannizzaro, Nagin removed $575,000 from DA funding -- in keeping with Nagin's 10 percent across-the-board cut of all city departments -- but he also eliminated an additional $300,000 to investigate cold case homicides, which the New Orleans City Council had awarded to Cannizzaro's office in June.

"$875,000 out of a total of $6 million is 14.5 percent, almost 15 percent," Cannizzaro says.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. this morning in council chambers, the council will begin its 2010 budget hearings. Cannizzaro is expected to appear before the council sometime today.

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