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By Sharon Elster, Editor
At the December 15, 2016 Commission Meeting, Mayor George “Bud” Scholl appointed Dana Goldman his new Vice Mayor.
Dana Goldman’s high approval and popularity among Sunny Isles Beach voters was reflected in her stunning victory over opponent Greg Capra in the November election.
We wish Mayor Scholl, Vice Mayor Goldman and the entire Commission the very best in the year ahead!
By Marc Mogil
Last night Sunny Isles Beach joined the ranks of cities hosting “the entitled ones” yearning to rewrite the election in the streets, spouting epithets against our President-Elect Donald J. Trump.
Despite predictions of “thousands” of protestors, police officers and helicopters seemed to outnumber this small assemblage who marched up and down Collins Avenue, pouting and posing for the cameras. Our Sunny Isles Beach Police Department is to be commended for handling this so well and planning for all contingencies. Police Chief Fred Maas told me, “I knew one thing for sure, they [the protestors] would not interrupt services to our residents, medical or police, under my watch. If I had to put every officer including myself on the street, which I and my captains were, we will protect our city and The Rights of our resident citizens.”
The bottom line is that we are already seeing how different Trump will be from Obama, with his provisional choices of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, General Flynn [fired by Obama as too tough on ISIS] as National Security Advisor, Mike Huckabee as Ambassador to Israel, and Rudy Giuliani as Secretary of State.
If all Americans give him a chance, Donald Trump may well become one of our greatest Presidents, doing what needs to be done, putting America first! Good riddance to Obama, Clinton and their cabal of police-hating socialist globalists, worrying about political correctness and the qualms of our declared enemies, both at home and abroad.
Onward to January 20, 2017!
By Sharon Elster, Editor
Commissioner Dana Goldman has retained her commission seat, declaring victory over her opponent Greg Capra by an overwhelming margin and Commissioner-Elect Larisa Svechin defeated Mendel Bergovoy also by a wide margin.
Unofficial results from Miami-Dade Elections:
Sunny Isles Beach Res. Area Commission Seat 1
Mendel Bergovoy 41.51% 2,228 votes Larisa Svechin 58.49% 3,139 votes
Sunny Isles Beach Res. Area Commission Seat 3
Greg Capra 34.70% 1,969 votes Dana Goldman 65.30% 3,706 votes
We wish all the candidates the best of luck and look forward to many successful years of service to our community by Commissioner Dana Goldman and Commissioner-Elect Larisa Svechin.
By Sharon Elster, Editor
As we approach the finish line of this contentious commission race, some of you may not yet have decided which candidate to vote for. A revealing article in today’s Miami New Times written by Jerry Ianelli entitled Sunny Isles Candidate Has History of Police Run-Ins, Alleged Egg-Throwing should be of help in making that decision. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/sunny-isles-candidate-has-history-of-police-run-ins-alleged-egg-throwing-8901732
Former Vice Mayor and Commissioner Roz Brezin found herself in the middle of a controversy over whom she supported in this election. Statement of Roz Brezin http://sibreporter.net/2016/10/statement-of-roz-brezin was published here on October 18, 2016. To finally put this issue to rest, here is the official list of community leaders and organizations who support Commissioner Dana Goldman for re-election:
Dade County Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (PBA); Florida State Rep. Joseph Geller; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman; Mayor George “Bud” Scholl; Vice Mayor Jeanette Gatto; Commissioner Jennifer Levin; Former Mayor Norman S. Edelcup; Former Vice Mayor Lew Thaler; Former Vice Mayor and Commissioner Roz Brezin; Former Commissioner Gerry Goodman; Mayor George Vallejo (North Miami Beach); Mayor Enid Weisman (Aventura).
It is now up to you, the people of Sunny Isles Beach to make the best choice for our City. Please be sure to vote tomorrow.
Editor’s Note: The campaign of candidate Larisa Svechin [Commission Seat 1-Northern District] informs us that she received the following endorsements: Dade County Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (PBA); Florida State Rep. Joseph Geller; Mayor George “Bud” Scholl; Vice Mayor Jeanette Gatto; Former Mayor Norman S. Edelcup; Former Vice Mayor Lew Thaler.
By Sharon Elster, Editor
I want to say something about former NY Judge Marc Mogil, who is a dear friend and has been targeted on my blog by mean-spirited people with self-serving agendas. An event that took place more than twenty years ago is being used to attack my friend. It is unfair and unconscionable. The internet has changed our world in many ways but the internet also carries information that does not always tell the whole story.
I met Marc Mogil in 2009 since both he and I are residents of Winston Towers. We became involved in the 2010 Sunny Isles Beach election and it was during that time I founded the Sunny Isles Beach Reporter. Marc Mogil is a brilliant man and as an unpaid volunteer has given of his time freely and most generously. In all these years he has never benefited financially. His input and contributions have been invaluable to every single one of us. Marc has gone on many 12 hour ride-alongs with our top-notch Sunny Isles Beach police. Our officers and Chief of Police Maas have come to know and respect Marc for his strong support of our City’s finest.
Marc has worked with the candidates he feels would do the best job for you and our City. Again, always as an unpaid volunteer. The very people who make these negative comments wish they had Marc Mogil on their team.
Because we are such a small City, our elected officials can have a much more direct impact on our quality of life than they would in a larger city. And as we all know there are politicians and their cronies who have not always acted in the best interests of their constituents. Some of the issues we face today are the result of decisions made by previous administrations since we became a City.
It is people like Marc Mogil who watch out for the rest of us by offering their talents and capabilities, gratis. Not one penny of your tax dollar ever went into the pocket of Marc Mogil and since he is NOT a candidate for office, he does not deserve to be attacked by candidates or by their operatives.
Finally, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
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By Sharon Elster, Editor
Apparently the word is out. Highly regarded blogger Stephanie Kienzle of VotersOpinion.com takes a hard look at Greg Capra. Here is her riveting report!
By: Marc Mogil, J.D.
As someone who was twice elected as a criminal court Judge in New York (10 years of service), exposed to both the vagaries of election politics and all types of personalities appearing before me, I’ve come to understand what constitutes a qualified candidate for public office. In doing so, I actively supported Mayor Bud Scholl for election, and was proven correct as he prevailed and is doing a magnificent job. I also have involved myself with the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department, becoming fast friends with our renowned Chief Fred Maas, and spending many full shifts riding along with our officers to see and compare how they do their jobs on patrol. Some were so extraordinary in dealing with their difficult and dangerous tasks and the public that I wrote about them to friends in Congress, and one piece was even inserted by Congressman Lee Zeldin into the “Congressional Record.”
In that light, I’ve quietly observed our Commissioners, and have become close to most. One who especially has impressed me is Commissioner Dana Goldman, a family woman who has gone out of her way to deal inter alia, with the issues of traffic studies to improve traffic flow, understanding the issues and needs facing seniors, preventing high rise building on the west side of Collins Avenue, and seeking to cull out students who illegally and fraudulently have been placed in our K-8 school from other cities, costing our taxpayers a great deal of money and overcrowding.
A graduate of the noted Brandeis University, and George Washington Law School, this practicing erudite attorney, who has volunteered in our City government for many years, has become experienced and knowledgeable in the issues facing us, paving her way for deserved elective office here. She is not an unqualified newcomer with far less of an education nor lack of governmental experience seeking office.
In her re-election bid, she is facing Gregory Capra. From his own releases and public records available to anyone at our City Hall and in New York, I noted the following:
1. As far as one can tell, he never went to college and is merely a high school graduate, which would make him the least educated person on our Commission;
2. He has not served on any volunteer committees in our City, and until he declared his candidacy by attacking Dana Goldman, did not even attend one Commission meeting so as to understand how our City works;
3. Instead of being able to say he saved us tax dollars in some way, he and his wife have COST the City quite a bit, by causing our police to be summoned to his home on at least 25 occasions over the years. The issues as stated in the police reports (personally obtained and available to anyone here under Freedom of Information), were various types of disorderly conduct and public rancorous arguments with neighbors, and one time with Fire Department EMT personnel who sought to take Mrs. Capra to the hospital for an acute alcoholic episode prompting an embarrassing scene. One need only mention the name Capra at Police Headquarters to elicit a knowing response;
4. It appears his only campaign issue is attacking his opponent, Commissioner Goldman, over her suing her condo board when he was President, since they have been long-time antagonists. I personally obtained and checked Court files and saw that the only reason her case was dismissed, with very high costs, was that her attorney failed to file a 30-day procedural notice — an issue of malpractice by the Goldman’s attorney There was NEVER a substantive decision on the merits.
Aside from attacking Commissioner Goldman and misstating a non-endorsement from former Commissioner Roz Brezin, (who personally told me she was livid at that act), he has, to date, little discussed substantive issues facing our City, nor his qualifications to serve.
As such, considering all the above, I am proud to support Commissioner Dana Goldman. As far as I’m concerned, there really is no choice when it comes to their comparative educations, experience, personalities, characters, community service, and fitness to serve!
I am Roz Brezin, former Commissioner of Sunny Isles Beach. I read Greg Capra’s email to voters dated October 17th, 2016 and at this time I would like to make what I said very clear and correct the inaccuracies in his email.
What I actually said was that I appreciated the fact that he came forth in wanting to be a commissioner but there were several inaccuracies in his statements. I told him that experience was very important in order to direct the many issues facing the City. I said that as far as I knew he had never served on a committee nor had he ever attended a commission meeting. Mr. Capra agreed he had not.
I told him that in the future if he gained experience or showed an interest in the affairs of the City he could run for whatever he chose, as anyone could. As far as Greg Capra and I becoming good friends, I cannot establish a friendship with anyone who misrepresents what I say.
At this time Greg Capra does not have my support or my vote. I don’t believe Mr. Capra’s email accurately reflected what I said.
Editor’s Note: Commissioner Roz Brezin has been an integral member of our community since the early years of our becoming a municipality. She actively participated in civic affairs before she was an elected official, serving as commissioner and then vice-mayor. This most admired lady epitomizes the highest attributes in public service.
By The Sunny Isles Beach Reporter – Sharon Elster, Editor
On Wednesday evening, September 28, 2016, a Candidate’s Forum was held at Sunny Isles Beach Government Center giving voters the chance to meet and learn about the candidates running for Seat 1 [Northern District] Mendel Bergovoy and Larisa Svechin; and Seat 3 [Southern District] Greg Capra and incumbent Dana Goldman. This well-attended event was organized by the newly formed Concerned Citizens of Sunny Isles Beach.
The evening moved at a lively pace holding everyone’s interest thanks to an excellent job by moderator Brian Andrews. Candidates were allowed 1 minute to respond to each question giving the audience an opportunity to decide which candidates were best informed on important issues affecting our City. Towards the end, a round of questions submitted by citizens were put in a basket, randomly chosen by audience members, then given to a candidate to answer. Unfortunately many of those questions were disqualified for being directed to or about a specific candidate. For future events, clearer rules should be given on the correct form of questions, and we also suggest this be televised, making it available to all Sunny Isles Beach voters.
We use a four part criteria – civic involvement, educational/professional qualifications, work/professional history and personal character to determine how we make our selections. After careful review of all the candidates, The Sunny Isles Beach Reporter recommends and endorses the following two candidates we believe will best serve our community.
Commissioner Dana Goldman [Seat 3] has proven herself to be an outstanding member of the Commission. She has performed her duties as Commissioner with integrity and has worked tirelessly to support those issues that improve our quality of life.
Whether the debate is over responsible development of our City and preventing high rise building on the west side of Collins Avenue; traffic and safety concerns [she encouraged a traffic reduction survey]; taking on serious condominium issues like fraud; overcrowding and pressing to reduce the number of illegal out-of-district students in our Norman S. Edelcup K-8 School where her own daughter is a student; or meeting the needs of our senior residents; Commissioner Dana Goldman will always go that extra mile to do what she believes is right.
Dana Goldman’s gracious and caring demeanor combined with her impeccable law credentials [she is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brandeis University and graduate of George Washington School of Law], her multifaceted work experience and her ability to interact so well with people has made her an invaluable asset to our City. She is one of the finest elected officials to ever serve and we believe she is most worthy of your vote.
Larisa Svechin [Seat 1] made a solid impression with her intelligent and informed responses on the issues this City faces. Her deep ties to this community and the efforts she has already put forth are duly noted and much appreciated.
Larisa is an accomplished business professional. She held the position of Senior Vice President at the largest media agency in the world. Her dedication in serving the public includes leadership roles with such organizations as Miami Beach Jewish Federation; Citizen’s Coalition for Public Education; Sunny Isles Beach Exploratory Committee for the Comprehensive Plan; former Board President of Friends of Oleta River Park; Board Member of Sunny Isles Beach Foundation; and the Sunny Isles Beach School Trust.
Larisa Svechin is the highly regarded President of our P.T.A. and well known in our community. Her commitment to education benefits all of us. Larisa is married and the mother of four children. It is fair to say that she has a vested interest in Sunny Isles Beach and will make an excellent addition to the Sunny Isles Beach Commission.
We have received a press release from the production offices of the “American Greed” television show that a local news story we first reported on [SIBReporter archives: May 16, 2013] will be featured on CNBC, this Thursday, May 19th at 10:00P.M. The episode will go behind the scenes into the FBI undercover investigation of the South Beach B-Girl fraud scheme and the hundreds of men victimized and defrauded of more than two million dollars. This promises to be a fascinating documentary you won’t want to miss.