Garbage Business Is a Family Affair in North Lauderdale

The garbage contract is up in North Lauderdale -- and suddenly there's a lot of family involvement in the business. 

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Mayor Brady, center, with Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, right, and Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley.
​Long-time Mayor Jack Brady announced at the January 11 commission meeting that his grown son got a job with a subsidiary of Republic Services, the company that currently provides garbage service to his city, in North Carolina. 

Shortly after that, Commissioner David Hilton chimed in that his own son recently was given a job at Waste Pro, a garbage firm that is now vying for his city's business.

So the sons of two city commissioners got jobs during one of the greatest recessions in American history with garbage firms vying for their cities' business within a year of the garbage contract coming up for a vote. That's a heck of a coincidence, isn't it? 

Both Brady and Hilton asked North Lauderdale City Attorney Sam Goren -- who represents numerous Broward municipalities, including corruption-ravaged Tamarac -- if their sons' jobs would pose a conflict of interest when it comes to choosing among the firms. 

Inside, see what Goren said about the situation and what both a very, uh, colorful Brady and Hilton had to say about their sons' garbage company jobs.
Goren first said that if the vote "would inure to the special private gain or loss to either of you as public officials or to a relative, which includes your children... then the answer is you can't vote," according to the official meeting minutes. 

But then Goren applied his own rather lenient interpretation of Florida ethics and criminal corruption laws: 

"Mr. Goren further stated that to the extent that they have children who work for these large companies, they are one of hundreds or thousands of employees nationally, so any decision you might make... would not independently benefit you unless you are being bribed to make a decision which is not the case." 

Isn't that special?

You'd think that Goren -- who has watched as Tamarac has been ravaged by the arrests of its mayor and two commissioners on bribery charges -- might want to tighten up the ethical standards of the politicians in his cities rather than start getting into such nuances. 

And what about B-word Goren brought up? Today I asked Mayor Brady, who has served on the North Lauderdale commission for more than 20 years, if he had any involvement in his son's hiring by the Republic Services subsidiary in North Carolina. 

When I initially brought up the garbage contract, he mentioned the cone of silence that has been placed on commissioners. They aren't allowed to talk to lobbyists or company reps about the contract. 

"I want to keep my ass out of trouble," Brady said. 

When I asked about his son's employment, the mayor immediately went on the defensive. 

"Give me a break," said Brady, in his accent from Albany, New York. "You're picking on my family now?... You come after me, that's one thing. You come after my family, we got a problem." 

He said something in Italian ending in "Calabrese," and I asked him what it meant. 

"Don't let the name Brady fool you -- I'm an American first, but my heritage is Irish and Italian," he said. "There are three things I believe in: God, family, and community."  

What his Italian heritage had to do with anything, I don't know (though it's no secret that a whole lot of people in the garbage business are Italian). I asked him if his son put him down as a reference when he got the job at Republic. 

"I don't know what he did," said Brady. 

I asked him if he talked to anybody at Republic about the job. 

Silence. 

I tried several variations of the question, but he wouldn't give me an answer. He said something about the media being unfair and mentioned that he spent four years in the military. 

"Have you fought for your country?" he asked me in challenging fashion. 

"I fight for my country every day," I found myself answering. "And I respect your service in the military."

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Hilton, right, with Goren associate Julie Klahr.
​OK, onto the Hilton family's involvement with Waste Pro. 

Understand that after the city decided to hire a consultant to make recommendations on the best deals in the garbage industry and the cone of silence was instituted, Commissioner John Cangemi (who has a brother you might remember) suddenly suggested during the March 8 commission meeting that the city should "piggyback" off the new Miramar contract with Waste Pro.

If the city piggybacks, it won't have to go out for bids. When Cangemi made the recommendation, the cone of silence had been in place for two months. Fellow Commissioner Rich Moyle thought the suggestion stank. From the meeting minutes: 

"Since we decided to go out for an RFP and had a cone of silence in place, [Moyle] said something doesn't feel right to him about this... Commissioner Moyle stated that it's not that he is objecting to Waste Pro, but [he] is objecting to the process, and he does not think we are going down the right road for our residents." 

Waste Pro is a relative upstart in Broward's garbage business that has been aggressively wooing politicians. Last August, the firm treated a bunch of local politicians at the Florida League of Cities convention to a free dinner at Gulfstream Park, where they gave the elected officials all the steak and drinks they could stuff into their mouths at the III Forks restaurant. Unfortunately, that's a common ploy used by contractors to get up-close and personal with politicians and get them loose and grateful when it comes voting time. 

Mayor Brady was brought in for that dinner. So was Commissioner David Hilton. Also present was Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley, who also brought along her daughter to enjoy the experience. Funny that now Miramar and Waste Pro are in business together. 

You have to watch these functions -- actually see the politicians get brought to fancy restaurants in a bus and then proceed to fill their faces with the best food and drinks money can buy on a garbage company's dime -- to really understand how repulsive they are.

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Mayor Ortis, right, with Waste Pro executive Russell Mackie, left with wife.
​The dinner was organized by Mayor Frank Ortis of Pembroke Pines -- another Goren city. Ortis doubles as a lobbyist. 

When I asked Brady about the Waste Pro dinner, he said, "I had dinner with both companies, and I put it on my [gift disclosure] forms." 

Hilton told me the dinner and the city garbage contract had nothing to do with Waste Pro's hiring of his son. He said he didn't talk to anyone at Waste Pro about getting his son the job but acknowledged that Waste Pro was one of several companies he'd recommended his son seek employment.

I asked him if he planned to vote on the garbage contract.

"I've had that discussion with the city attorney, and he advised me that it probably would not be a conflict," Hilton said. "But if it came up, I would again bring it up with the city attorney and ask for his advice again." 

Before Goren gives the green light, he might want to remember all the corruption arrests that have rocked Broward -- and a little something one of the Waste Pro representatives said at the bar during that Gulfstream dinner. 

"What does a mayor make? Maybe $78,000? Then you got contractors coming in with millions and millions of dollars, you don't think they want a piece of the pie?"

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Wasted
Wasted

When I asked Brady about the Waste Pro dinner, he said, "I had dinner with both companies, and I put it on my [gift disclosure] forms."

Funny I he TOOK the CEO son James O'cconnor from Republic to the Gulfstream Event...hmmmm

Fellow Commissioner Rich Moyle thought the suggestion stank. From the meeting minutes:

"Since we decided to go out for an RFP and had a cone of silence in place, [Moyle] said something doesn't feel right to him about this... Commissioner Moyle stated that it's not that he is objecting to Waste Pro, but [he] is objecting to the process, and he does not think we are going down the right road for our residents."

IT DID STINK.. Moyle cost the resident over 6 Million by this statement Wonder why..Maybe cause CHOICE Environmental Now owned by Huzienga was one Of His Largest Donors!

anonamoose
anonamoose

Parkland man isn't commenting today. He must be in jail.

Guest
Guest

WAIT A FUCKING MINUTE! How can that scumbag, union loving Ortis be Mayor AND be a lobbyist? Isn't THAT illegal?!

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Of course not. Ilene Lieberman, (Michaelson), has been doing it for years!!!

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

This issue exposes one of the problems with BSO's Public Corruption Unit... If BSO investigates this then you have two people on the commission (including the mayor) potentially mad at BSO... North Lauderdale contracts LE services with BSO. There is no question that would cause a political mess. A task force would be more in order to eliminate political mine fields.

Pineystride
Pineystride

See 112.313. That legal opinion is WRONG.

unowho
unowho

Breaking News ....Rick Scott Fl Governor has decided to resign after only 3 months from the Huff Post!!!

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

April Fools!!!

unowho
unowho

Yes April Fools !!! When Rick Scott resigns, it will to become POTUS after he cleans up the State of Floriduh!!!

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Brady seems to be quite a despicable individual. Thanks for the insight.

anonamoose
anonamoose

How about this section of 112.313????? (3) DOING BUSINESS WITH ONE’S AGENCY.—No employee of an agency acting in his or her official capacity as a purchasing agent, or public officer acting in his or her official capacity, shall either directly or indirectly purchase, rent, or lease any realty, goods, or services for his or her own agency from any business entity of which the officer or employee or the officer’s or employee’s spouse or child is an officer, partner, director, or proprietor or in which such officer or employee or the officer’s or employee’s spouse or child, or any combination of them, has a material interest. Nor shall a public officer or employee, acting in a private capacity, rent, lease, or sell any realty, goods, or services to the officer’s or employee’s own agency, if he or she is a state officer or employee, or to any political subdivision or any agency thereof, if he or she is serving as an officer or employee of that political subdivision. The foregoing shall not apply to district offices maintained by legislators when such offices are located in the legislator’s place of business or when such offices are on property wholly or partially owned by the legislator.

anonymous
anonymous

Pulp, you gotta just keep taking out the trash. You're the trashman.

Acewaste
Acewaste

The following questions need to be asked:

Why doesn't some one ask which company Congemis son works in North Carolina?

Which Garbage company does Ortis represent in Tallahassee?

What is Deblasi, Ortis, Brady, Moseley, Congemi relationship consists of and travels?

Could be very interesting.

Curios in N.Lauderdale
Curios in N.Lauderdale

Hey Acewaste,

Who is this Deblasi person you elude to? I didn't see his?/her? name in the article. Is him or her an elected official or a lobbyist or a garbage exec.....?

Wallyandthebeaver
Wallyandthebeaver

The citizens of this town, this county, this state are like a great, big pussy getting fucked by all the incompetent, corrupt scum bags living off our sweat. And to the current ringleader and champion dick swinger with the drug addict daughter: Fuck You Rick Scott! Your past will be catching up with you sooner than you think

unowho
unowho

Dont worry Rick Scott has everything under control ,the best is yet to come please be patient he has a plan.!!!

unowho
unowho

In the meantime be a busy little beaver and "Get To Work"!!!

Guest
Guest

I don't think you understand or realize the damage Crook Scott can do to Florida. Who knows his next step might be to deport all Canadians!

Christy
Christy

Pulp,I'd like to send you a bottle of wine or 6 pack. What do you drink?

Gatorfl
Gatorfl

With Bob's far left leanings I'd guess Russian vodka or Billy Beer.

Guest
Guest

Cristy at the very leat Pulp deserves a bottle of Cristal for all his good work.Thank you Pulp..... "Expose the Bastards"

Christy
Christy

I can't afford what Pulp deserves for all his work. I would like to show a token of gratitude though.

Guest
Guest

You're a very nice person.Of course Christy, Just kidding. I'm sure Pulp knows he's appreciated by many and to the rest who don't, you know what we say to them....

Jones j. Jones
Jones j. Jones

JUST KEEP YOUR CLOTHES ON AND THAT WILL BE THANKS ENOUGH.

Guest
Guest

Mr Goren has alot of many prestigious credentials. However if he allows these companies to bid on the cities contracts, knowing that relatives of officials are emmployed there, his ethics leave alot to be desired.

anonymous
anonymous

Goren had no ethics when he conspired with the crooks on the Broward County Health Board.

Guest
Guest

Topic Change:“If we stick together and keep the pressure on the Democrats, we’re going to win this fight…We’re gonna kick their ass.”- Speaker Boehner to House Republicans [Washington Post, 3/30/2011]

Glitters --

We've only got one shot at this.

Speaker Boehner and his Tea Party Congress have made their demands clear: repeal health care reform, dismantle Medicare, slash education and defund NPR, or they'll shut down the whole government.

We've got one chance to show that Democrats won't sit idly by and let the livelihoods of our families and neighbors be sacrificed at the altar of the Tea Party.And now Joyce Kaufman may make a run for Congress! We CAN NOT let this happen!

Guest
Guest

Trashed? What else to say...but this Garbage Stinks to high Heaven! There is inpropriety here. Both companies should be eliminated from doing any business with the county until such time the sons' employments are terminated or the fathers(or any relatives) leave office. Come on now Mr. Goren...as if this isn't crystal.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Pulp,

Did you find out what type of job Brady's son got at Republic. They have a pretty decent website detailing their career opportunities and the qualifications required. If he ended up with a garbage job that he wasnt qualified for then that certainly would stink.

http://www.jobpath.com/Jobs/Re...

Human Resources Hotshot
Human Resources Hotshot

Great Point Nucky. Pulp, can you get the resumes of the Mayors's son and the other Commissioner's son? Is this public record? or ask both of them to voluntarily give their kis's resumes over. They shouldn't be ashamed of this as so called public servants, right?

the Smell of Rotten Eggs
the Smell of Rotten Eggs

What happened with Commissioner Cangami, between the time they started the process and hired an independent consultant to help them do a fair, open transparent process, and then all of a sudden suggesting using another's city contract, and bypassing such a competitive process? Did he talk to the WastePro people which from what you're saying Pulp, he wasn't supposed to do because of a Silence Cone or law prohibiting talking; on it's face, seems like someone got to him to suggest it, it seems for the City changed it's tune quickly. Are phone records covered as far as public information? If they're not, they should be.

And this thing with the Mayor's son getting a job with one of the firms, and the other commissioner's son getting a job with another firm..... sounds and looks horrible. From what you wrote, Pulp, the Mayor didn't answer your questions by hiding behind our Flag and being a war veteran, which doesn't make sense. It seems like the Mayor used his position to get his son a job, and maybe the other Commissioner did,too. It all seems very rotten.

Does the State Attorney get involved in matters such as this? He really should (and check phone records, too). This does not look or sound right. And Pulp, you wrote about this before, with what, Commissioner Cangami getting his brother some sort of business work... This is very sad, public service should be an honorable and selfless thing, not self serving for commissioners and their family members.

Who ever the Commissioner is that was saying something doesn't look right, should continue to question the process.

NoseBleedSeats
NoseBleedSeats

Pulp,

You failed to mention the connection to Waste Pro local lobbyist Mike Moskowitz.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Oh please don't tell me that the State Democratic Assemblyman and Broward Democratic party official, and State of Florida Democratic Party Financial officer, and person hearing my Broward County Democratic Party grievance next week is involved in lobbying for a GARBAGE company. Say it isn't so.

StonedCEO
StonedCEO

Bob's pissed off and exposed so much slime, he should seriously consider investing in a bullet proof vest.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Please don't post something like that again. Bob Norman is a brave man, but let's not give the fringe an evil thought that might grow in their fertile minds.

Christy
Christy

I get paranoid just posting. Pulp deserves Hero award for Broward County. He is a brave man! Thank-you Bob Norman. You make me proud.

anonymous
anonymous

Satz needs to sign some sort of a contract to get all of this trash removed from Broward County.

Bubba
Bubba

Is there really such a person as "Satz?" What does he do? Does he take money in a salary and do nothing? Why isn't there more of an uprising against one of the few tools the public have to stop corruption? Pulp, what is up with this "Satz" person?

Anonomyte
Anonomyte

Trashed?

EconomicProf
EconomicProf

Model Citizen says the country is not broke and debt is relative. What planet are you from? Then she blames it on Greedy Corporations.

Economics 101; People own corporations i.e. Shareholders. When you tax the corporations and then you tax the individuals a second time when they get dividends they pay twice. Corporate tax is bad thing. That is why we have forced so many corps to move.

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