My name is Raisa Fooksman (formerly Raisa Fuksman). I am a 62 year old woman and I have been a resident of Sunny Isles Beach (formerly North Miami Beach) for the past 20 years and have been living at Winston Towers 400 for over 18 years. I understand that Robert Welsh is running for Commissioner for the City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. I would like to let the public know the type of man that you are allowing to run for our City. I personally am terrified that he will now have any level of authority in the City of Sunny Isles Beach, Fl. Robert Welsh was the Vice President of the Association at Winston Towers 400 back in 2002. On December 12, 2002 I was physically assaulted by this man because I was babysitting my daughter’s 9 lb. dog for 2 weeks. Instead of speaking to me about the situation, Robert Welsh was completely out of control with rage and he punched me in the nose with his fist. Blood was everywhere. When I tried to get away, he punched me again, this time breaking my nose. This assault was totally unwarranted and has affected me not just physically but also mentally over the years.
If you check the records you will see that he was arrested for assaulting me and first charged with a misdemeanor which was later upgraded to a felony by the State Attorney on March 12, 2003. I received a Subpoena stating that on August 18, 2003 I was on “STANDBY – DO NOT APPEAR” and to call the court. They told me that they will send me another Subpoena for the trial date. The Subpoena never arrived. In September 2003 I found out that on August 19th, 2003 the trial took place and the case was dismissed because I did not appear in court. When I asked the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in Dade County why I was not notified of the new trial date, their response was “I don’t know”. Up until October 2003 I tried numerous times to have the case reopened and was always told it was too late.
I have all the documentation and photos of my injuries to substantiate my claim. I am reaching out to all residents of Sunny Isles to please NOT VOTE FOR THIS MAN!