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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