Chief Lenny: Fourth time’s the charm?

Chief Lenny's GoneCongratulations, Miramar!  You just became the lucky recipient of an MDPD Miami Dade Corrections North Miami Police Department reject.

Like his infamous NMPD predecessors Jeffrey Key and Peter Cruz, who landed career-ending gigs in Opa-locka, Lenny Burgess was just hired as the Assistant Chief to Miramar PD’s brand spanking new Chief, Dexter M. Williams.

Over the years, Miramar has contributed so much to the City of North Miami … things like Lucie Tondreau’s boyfriend/co-defendantan assortment of carpetbaggers, and shady city vendors, to name a few.

North Miami finally got a chance to return the favor.

Mazel tov, Miramar!  You drew the short straw.

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North Miami Media Release

MAYOR SMITH JOSEPH HONORED DURING HAITIAN HERITAGE MONTH BY CITY OF MIAMI MAYOR TOMAS REGALADO

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North Miami, FL – May 26, 2016 – Earlier this morning, North Miami Mayor, Dr. Smith Joseph, was recognized by City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, and the Miami City Commission during Haitian Heritage Cultural Month. Mayor Joseph was recognized for his leadership, achievements and contributions to the Haitian American community and for being the first medical doctor elected Mayor in Miami-Dade County. Continue reading

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Art Sorey, The Man Who Would be K̶i̶n̶g̶ City Manager

New Year's MessageArthur “Duke” Sorey is on a mission.  He wants to be the City Manager of North Miami so desperately, he can practically taste his next pay raise.

On the day the Mayor and Council were planning to make a final decision, Sorey was so sure his appointment was a given, he strutted around City Hall telling anyone and everyone where he was planning to have his “after party.”  [Hint:  It involves a pole.]

Art Sorey had every reason to believe his promotion was in the bag once the former City Manager, Aleem Ghany, appointed him as Deputy and then announced his resignation a month later.

When Aleem finally did step down on October 1, 2015, and Sorey was appointed as Interim City Manager, he was so sure he was next in line.  That’s when he earnestly started making his presence known to everyone at City Hall and attempted to convince the Mayor and Council to choose him. Continue reading

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More troubles in Opa-locka? (UPDATED)

Going out of Business SaleOpa-locka’s already tarnished reputation just took a turn for the worse.

Ever since the feds raided its government offices on March 10, 2016, South Florida’s shadiest little city has become the national poster child for public corruption.

One of the targets of the investigation is Opa-locka Commissioner Terence Pinder.  But if he didn’t already have enough problems with the FBI and the SEC, he’s about to face an even tougher adversary.

South Florida’s butt kicking crime fighter, United States Attorney Wilfredo “Take No Prisoners” Ferrer just advised that he’s holding a press conference today at 2:00 p.m. to “announce the filing of federal and state charges against retail store owners and operators in connection with schemes to illegally redeem food stamp benefits in exchange for cash.  The schemes are alleged to have been carried out at local food stores, including stands at [the] Opa-Locka Hialeah Flea Market.”

According to a Miami Herald article published on April 2, 2016, Terence Pinder is the marketing director of the Opa-locka Flea Market, a/k/a Opa-locka Hialeah Flea Market.

Oops!

I’m sure Pinder’s go-to criminal lawyer, Benedict P. Kuehne, is already on standby. Continue reading

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Chief Lenny’s Legacy

Heck of a jobIn his resignation letter, the outgoing North Miami Chief of Police Leonard Burgess claims that he made North Miami “a safer place to live, learn, work and play.”

Let’s put that statement to a “PolitiFact” test to determine whether it’s true or not.

Miami Agent Magazine recently posted its NeighborhoodScout’s 2016 Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. list.  The list was based on the violent crime rates for cities with a population of 25,000 or more.

It’s important to note that this list is based on the FBI’s most recent crime stats for 2014, the same year Leonard Burgess became the North Miami Chief of Police.  (The stats for 2015 will not be published until this September.)

Coming in at No. 1 on the list for the fifth year in a row is East St. Louis, Illinois.

The article also states, “Maintaining its 2015 spot, Miami was again named the No. 63 most dangerous city in the U.S., followed closely by Miami Beach at No. 72 and North Miami at No. 86.

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Chief Lenny’s Resignation: The End of an Error

ResignedNow that we’ve all had time to let the good news of Chief Lenny’s resignation sink in, let’s give him the farewell tribute he so richly deserves.

For starters, did anyone notice that the still-serving Chief of the North Miami Police Department was conspicuously absent from the Police Memorial Ceremony on Tuesday morning?

Has there ever been a chief of police of any department in any city in the USA who skipped out on such an incredibly important event?

The short answer is “Yes.”

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Class Envy, NoMi Style: J Ro versus the Po-Po

such jealousCareer politicians and their hired cronies like to use the Great Recession as the perfect excuse to rape public pensions, even as they continue to gorge off the government trough themselves.  Their depletion of the municipal coffers doesn’t end the feeding frenzy.  It only whets their voracious appetites as they turn to greedily eye the hard-earned retirement funds of the infinitely more deserving, yet least respected, employees.  Police officers are the scapegoats du jour, as covetous politicians attempt to use the cops’ own retirement funds as negotiating tools.

Several years ago, I wrote a blog about the North Miami Beach Police Department’s “Municipal Police Officers’ Retirement Trust Fund,” which is also known as the “185 Fund.”  These are funds that are collected by the State of Florida, and governed by Florida Statute 185.03.  As I explained, this Trust Fund is funded “by the net proceeds of the .85-percent excise tax which may be imposed by the respective cities and towns upon certain casualty insurance companies on their gross receipts of premiums from holders of policies, which policies cover property within the corporate limits of such municipalities.” Continue reading

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