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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

NOVEMBER 19, 2012

HE’S A CONTENDER
ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST KERRY ROSENTHAL, MIAMI-DADE ETHICS COMMISSION BOARD MEMBER

I’d be hard pressed to choose who’s the most unethical public official in Miami-Dade County, because the list of contenders is formidable, but certainly one of the top contenders has to be Kerry Rosenthal, a member of the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission.


I’ve written about Mr. Rosenthal on several occasions, most recently having to do with his involvement in the 1814 Brickell Park deal, where he represented developer Tibor Hollo, and where one of his para-legals became a prospective straw buyer of the property before the City of Miami, under the influence and guidance of another worthy contender for the title of most unethical public official, Commissioner “Ethics” himself, got the city to buy the property for more than it was worth.


Kerry Rosenthal’s claim to fame though has to do with his behavior on the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission back in 2010, when it was discovered that contrary to the provisions of the county ordinance that set the guidelines for the operation of the Commission, he had served as Chairman for 11 consecutive years, when the ordinance stipulated that a Chairman could only serve a single two year term.


Rosenthal’s partners on the board, those paragons of civic rectitude who are supposed to provide guidance on the minutiae of behavior by public officials never considered it important to apply the same rigorous requirements of following the law that they are asked to apply to other folks, so therefore Rosenthal managed to illegally retain the Chairman ship for 8 years.


That revelation occurred on January 4, 2010.


On March 18, 2010, Rosenthal outdid himself, when as one of 4 board members - one board member had resigned - he heard a complaint against a North Miami City Councilman who also happened to be the President of the Miami-Dade League of Cities.  Rosenthal had by the time of this hearing been appointed by the League of Cities 3 separate times to be their representative on the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission


The case died because the 4 members voted 2-2 on whether to issue a finding of probable cause.  Rosenthal was one of the 2 votes against probable cause.


Twelve days after he cast his vote which blocked the case from going forward, his appointment to the Commission expired.


Yep, you guessed it, at the next League of Cities meeting Rosenthal was re-nominated to be the League of Cities representative on the Ethics Commission.


And there are some people who think I’m just a trouble maker when I claim that the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission should be called the Miami-Dade Unethical Commission.


Last week, I filed an ethics complaint with the Florida Commission of Ethics against Mr. Rosenthal.


I would have done it sooner, but I tend to get distracted by the daily examples of corruption, and sometimes, things fall though the crack.


Fortunately, Mr. Rosenthal did something recently that prompted me to remember that this compliant was still on my To Do List.


It’s Miami, Bitches! 

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