Moroño, Sweetwater’s mayor since 2002, allegedly pocketed $40,000, while Pizzi, Miami Lakes’ mayor since 2008 and Medley’s full-time town attorney for the last 22 months, allegedly took $6,750.
According to the feds, Pizzi first pushed the bribery and kickback scheme through Medley before eventually moving it to Miami Lakes.
An arraignment for both Pizzi and Moroño is scheduled for next Tuesday, Aug. 27.
“We needed to obtain certain documents that related to his employment relationship,” Griffin told the Gazette after the meeting. “While we have received some of them, we have not gotten all of them. And then there are some questions on the ones we do have and we’re waiting on some answers for those as well.
“So it’s basically a matter of compiling some information as this is kind of short notice, so we believe that probably within the next seven to 10 days we’ll have what we need to make some type of recommendation.”
Griffin said another reason he made the trip down for the meeting was to advise Medley council members on their options as to how to handle the situation.
“We felt that the council needed to go ahead and at least move on making a decision on whether they were going to retain someone on an interim basis pending any type of advice we may give them later on down the road.” Griffin said.
Even though Pizzi is not making decisions, according to Martell, he is still the town attorney until otherwise determined.
“As the mayor of this city, we’re 100 percent going forward in the direction we need to take our city to make sure our city looks good,” Martell said following the meeting. “I’m proud to be the mayor of Medley and can assure our citizens that everything will be fine.
“We can’t judge anyone else until the legal procedure plays itself out, thus I don’t want to say anything about Mike Pizzi; he’s the town attorney for the moment. What we are trying to do is hire an interim town attorney for the moment because we need to continue our business in the city and make sure everything is organized and done in the proper manor.”