Commissioner Tom Powers and Gang are Just Like Rick Scott

Rick Scott gave the keynote address at the Broward Republican Executive Committee's annual Lincoln Day dinner last May where both Tom Powers and Dan Daley were in attendance.

Rick Scott gave the keynote address at the Broward Republican Executive Committee’s annual Lincoln Day dinner last May where both Tom Powers and Dan Daley were in attendance.

By: Guest Columnist Roy Trachtenberg

Governor Rick Scott’s company was fined for the largest Medicaid fraud in our nations history. Scott claimed that he knew nothing about it while he was CEO. The same thing for our commissioner Tom Powers who was accused, removed from office, but found not guilty of violation of the state sunshine law. Like Scott, Tom Powers and gang know how to circumvent the law. Who do you trust?

Just like Rick Scott tried to limit the voting rights of people, Tom Powers as well as others on the commission have treated volunteers and former city officials who are Independents or belong to the Democratic Party with contempt and scorn, I believe that the city commission only selects people who agree with them to the detriment of citizens of Coral Springs.

For example, evidence shows how this city commission treated former mayor Roy Gold, a Democrat, and former city commissioners, as well as a long-time volunteer. The actions of then Mayor Vincent Boccard, Tom Powers, and Vice Mayor Larry Vignola and Dan Daley were detrimental to the welfare of our community by refusing to recognize that it was the former mayor, Roy Gold who was the one that called for a new city hall. They also refused to appoint Gold to the 50th anniversary committee but appointed other former city commissioners; refused to appoint him to the charter revision committee when he was one of the best persons for the job, and finally took away Gold’s pet projects of leading the effort for the Canal Cleanup and the Teen Political Forum. Tom Powers and Dan Daley acted like tea party members: rude, obnoxious, abusive and not in the best interest of our community.

Just like Rick Scott, Tom Powers and gang have money. But where it came from, to me, is immoral. Our new garbage company, Waste Pro gave over $4,500.00 to their political campaign. Many believe that the city paid an exorbitant amount for a lease on office space in “The Walk” while the South City Hall is demolished. Guess who gave Tom Powers campaign fund $3,500.00 in March? George Rahmael and his Amera Companies that own “The Walk”. This can be viewed online at the city site: www.coralsprings.org/Voting/

There are companies that received contracts with the city by no bid process that contributed to the election campaign fund of Tom Powers and Dan Daley. Maybe that is why Tom Powers is against an ethics commission.

Where is Rick Scott’s money coming from? Tea Party and Big Business: same as Tom Powers and Dan Daley.

And just like Rick Scott, Tom Powers and his gang don’t care about people. Rick Scott cut education to the bone. He was against the Affordable Care Act and the economic bailout. He is in favor of guns on educational campuses. Tom Powers and his fellow commissioners did not vote to pay half the cost of School Resource Officers. Coral Springs is the only city that did not pay their share.

Shame on Tom Powers who is running for Mayor and shame on Commissioner Dan Daley who is running again for city commission for not protecting our children.

Maybe they don’t want to protect our children because they can’t get any campaign contributions from them.

Roy Trachtenberg is a retired school administrator. He was born in Miami Beach, Florida but spent 35 years in the New York City school system. He is also a retired assistant professor of Education and one of the first to integrate technology into the classroom which he taught to other teachers. He is a former Dean of Education for a community college trade school where he developed curriculum for 9/11 workers displaced because of the terrorist attack.  He is married to Sharon Rosenthal and lives in Coral Springs. He has a daughter and 3 grandchildren.

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About Roy Trachtenberg

avatar Roy Trachtenberg is a retired school administrator. He was born in Miami Beach, Florida but spent 35 years in the New York City school system. He is also a retired assistant professor of Education and one of the first to integrate technology into the classroom which he taught to other teachers. He is a former Dean of Education for a community college trade school where he developed curriculum for 9/11 workers displaced because of the terrorist attack. He is married to Sharon Rosenthal and lives in Coral Springs. He has a daughter and 3 grandchildren.

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  • Marblemania

    Pretty much. They are a cabal.

  • Jim

    If I remember correctly, didn’t Roy Gold push for a no bid garbage contract and then collect a check from that company that same week?

  • Patti Lynn

    Thank you, Mr. Trachtenberg. The institutional knowledge of former active elected officials and employees is a valuable resource that should not be discarded. Municipal offices are supposed to be non partisan, for just that reason. When folks are excluded, as was Mayor Roy Gold, it reflects poorly on the current administration. Too bad. Roy Gold did a lot of great things for Coral Springs.

    • Barb

      Yes they are supposed to be non partisan and if you remember correctly it is Roy Gold who has brought up political affiliation.

  • Denmark Smells Good

    They even blessed Waste Pro with their icon on the City’s home page that redirects to their website. Great Advertising!

    • Barb

      Gee it wouldn’t be so residents can contact them regarding questions or problems? How about the fact that Waste Pro also has the city emblem on their trucks. Is that not great advertising for the City?

  • Barb

    I found this whole article to be nothing more than a political hatchet job. There is a huge difference between going to an event that Rick Scott is at and former mayor Gold fawning over president Obama every chance he has as well as attending his events and then talking about it at commission meetings. Something none of the other commissioners have done regarding any of their political affiliations. From what I can see they have kept it off the dais, which is what the charter calls for as opposed to Former Mayor Gold who had to be reminded of that over and over including his fair well speech.

  • jhkilroy

    Friends do not let friends vote democrat…. you end up with an obama in the whitehouse and by obama I mean turd.