Scandal-Ridden Commissioner to Receive "Public Service" Award

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​It's looking like a good month for scandal-plagued Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman. We learned last week that she may have talked her way out of potential criminal charges by testifying against Tamarac Mayor Beth Talabisco.

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Lieberman with since-imprisoned Broward County Commissioner Joe Eggelletion.
And tomorrow, Lieberman will be receiving a "prestigious award" at Nova Southeastern University. 

Lieberman -- along with Hallandale Mayor Joy Cooper -- will be given an "Excellence in Public Service Award" at Nova Southeastern University by the Broward Building Officials & Inspectors Education Conference. In a news release, the building officials wrote that they chose Lieberman because she's president of the Florida Association of Counties -- which has come under criticism here for accepting big-money sponsorships from major government vendors like Waste Management and Citibank.

Also at the conference "will be various building professionals... architects, engineers, electricians, plumbers, general contractors of

all trades for the building industry of Regional South Florida," according to the news release.

Great, so our building officials and inspectors can schmooze with the folks they're supposed to regulate -- it's all right out of the culture of corruption handbook.

But I'm not sure these building officials are going to get much bang for their buck by sucking up to Lieberman. She's been gutted by the corruption investigation and barely speaks anymore. It's even odds at this point that she'll even show up.

-- New Margate Commissioner Le Peerman, who was elected as an activist reformer, is already making big waves. She recently led the repeal of the commission's automatic pay raise that was passed in a 3-2 vote that left the dissenters, Pam Donovan and Joe Varsallone, fuming.

Varsallone lambasted Peerman at the February meeting for not supporting the commission and, along with her request for a reduced commission salary weeks earlier, expressed his disappointment in the way she's been governing herself. The long-time commissioner criticized Peerman's "newness" on the dais and pointing at Commissioner Talerico said that he and every other commissioner deserves what they get paid.

Way to go, Ms. Peerman.

Read the full Margate News article here.

-- As if Japan wasn't suffering enough, a radioactive wind is now blowing toward Tokyo. Radiation levels shouldn't be high enough to affect anyone in that city, but the situation continues to deteriorate. There has of course been another explosion at the Fukushima plant, and there is evidence that the vaunted containment structure has been compromised, though the government has not officially confirmed it.

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wantonone323
wantonone323

What a joke. How dare she receive an award! She is a corrupt person to the core and treats those who serve her with hostility and disdain. I sure as hell hope she doesn't get away with this, she sure acts like she already has.

2008college
2008college

What is left out is that while LIeberman was President of the Florida Association of Counties, for which she is being honored, she was AWOL for most of the time. She wasn't working in Broward, so what makes you think she was working anywhere else.

I am sure everyone was covering for her and doing her work. Maybe that should be investigated.

What she really is, is someone who can raise money. So they are really honoring her for being a fund raiser for them.

Le Peerman
Le Peerman

DF3Thanks for the compliment. I am finding doing the right thing is really not that hard. I have met some of the newly elected officials in different cities and I have faith that doing the right thing will become the norm not the exception.Le

jad
jad

Most of us can see that a tremendous amount of information has been coming to light, giving investigative agencies enough to put many of the puzzle pieces together. Using a non-stop style of coverage to make reports about the corruption in Broward County has opened up the way to take down the criminal enterprise that had been sucking the life out of generations of us (together with our taxed dollars) and that had almost engulfed our entire county, after decades of failure of the local paper to record the ill-repute of governing officials & their lackeys. Currently, an alternative newsweekly (not operated like the former newspaper) has not given any slack to the corrupted, which seems to have been very helpful to investigative agencies and serves as a bright spot for the people. And, if that was not enough for the people, more opportunity was offered (which did NOT come from a feckless syndicate like the Sentinel). The people were offered a web site to visit and get to know the members of their community, by sharing information. So, as someone who reads this blog and the articles published in the Broward Palm Beach New Times, I extend compliments to the true author (not some silly award that would not be deserved & definitely not insincere praise).

Thank you Bob Norman for giving people the space to tell their stories. This can be seen to, not only help investigative agencies, but, also assist the people in their understanding of the dismantling of the pervasive evil that had monopolized county & local areas of government. This is a genuine service, that is hard to place value. Let’s just go with the word used in one particular commercial -- PRICELESS.

TwoCents
TwoCents

Only in Browardtown can you receive a Excellence in Public Service Award while being investigated.

City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

Oh so now Comm.Lieberman is going to get another accolade under her belt. She should get an award for being biggest stool pigeon in regards to her throwing Mrs.Talabisco under the bus to save her own ass. Mystery solved as to where's she has been for the past few months. Stuck at the State Att. Office squelling on her collegues. Between her & the Chaits who is worse. They are all guilty. Lieberman thinks that by cooperating w/ the local Da she thinks she's all set. Don't forget the Feds dear. I am so sick of hearing that Comm.Lieberman is a victim(as if) in all of these Corruptions. I mean from the bototonical garden to her play to pay attitude is if not criminal in its self. go get the award and be proud that you are no better then the people you are ratting on. Or i'm sure Att/Comm Alu keeps her informed. Which if can be substanchiated she would (alu) be out of a job. You would be surprized about what I hear down at the Court House and not from the JAA blog either.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

An event to kiss the asses of (former) political big shots. Unfortunately for them its going to be a several hour affair. They probably promised Ilene the award prior and too afraid to take it back. Cooper is an up and comer so they want her there.

We need clones of Peerman for every elected body in this county.

Match made in Freud's cocaine induced dream... Georgia and Chaz???

jad
jad

Pulp.

A few years back, you wrote about a naturalized citizen with a homestead property in Hallandale. His name was Pelecanos. The article confirmed the fact that he was fighting to save his waterfront home, after Mayor Joy Cooper had set her sights on it. I suppose that she was upset that a “foreigner” could live on her island, where she walked her little dogs to her content and enjoyment -- not to be shared with those she did not accept in her realm.

What the City of Hallandale did to this man is the same action taken against Stuart Rado. They tried to litigate him to death.

Tom Francis wrote some excellent articles about the corruption in the City of Hallandale too. However, the article about the takeover of a man’s rights and stealthy encroachment of cities like Hallandale in the surreptitious taking of a person’s homestead property brought to light that nothing in South Florida is safe from the commissars. Once they decide to appropriate, you might as well kiss your rights good bye.

B_tan
B_tan

From their website: http://www.boiea.com/

"More than thirty years ago, the voters of Broward County recognized the need for a single autonomous agency to write,modify and interpret a uniform body of building codes applicable throughout the County.The need for an oversight agency to monitor and oversee building code enforcement and to establish criteria forcertification of Building Code enforcement personnel was also considered important by the voters.The Board of Rules & Appeals was created to serve these purposes.The Board works throughout the year to provide the finest educational programs available for inspectors, contractors anddesign professionals. These programs are often provided at little or no cost to those attending.Made up of professionals, some appointed by the Broward County League of Cities, others by the Broward CountyCommissioners, Board members are volunteers who serve without pay..."

And it's a bargain - only $50 for a membership.

Tony
Tony

Unfortunately this is just yet another example of where politicians and bureaucrats are held to a lower standard than the regular citizens. Even the hint of criminal conduct in most private companies would get your but fired. This is what we get with large unaccountable government.

Jawed
Jawed

This a total BullShit

Swampting1968
Swampting1968

Joy Cooper is lucky that the city of Hallandale is small enough to fly under the radar, otherwise she would be squirming under the microscope of the feds too. Did her son in law ever get that job with Gulfstream?

Dday25
Dday25

Wrong city, she provided testimony against Tamarac Mayor Tabasco not Hallandale

king neptune
king neptune

Will the Japanese rethink the way they have been ravaging the Oceans after this latest calamity?

Luther
Luther

And what the fuck is a "Broward Sheriffs Office Color Guard"?

Our tax dollars are being pissed away on this kind of bullshit???

Luther
Luther

You are kidding about this?

Muddy
Muddy

She was elected to be president of the Florida Association of Counties( one of the most powerful positions in the State)! I doubt she asked for that job so she must be good with the smoke and mirrors to keep getting rewarded. I have to give her a hand. By the way I did not realise she was under any sort of investigation by the State. I thought she gave testimony against her neighbor who then turned herself in to BSO. I could be wrong I have not followed Liebermans carreer much.

Hellvis
Hellvis

Color Guard? google it

Bubba
Bubba

Even a**holes have rights.

Luther
Luther

I know what a color guard is you fool, I was questioning the reason for the sheriffs office need for one.

jad talkee too much
jad talkee too much

Yes, and apparently nothing keeps them from getting elected governor either. But I digress...I doubt you'd want to live next door to prickasauras. he is a poster child for code enforcement.

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